Our science staff brings real-world issues into the classroom to help students connect to important local issues, such as water conservation, pollution, drought, and flooding.

Public Elementary School Program

The NepRWA Water Education Program has been developed for fifth grade students and aligns with MA State Science Standards. It makes important and relevant connections to local issues that the students may experience firsthand, such as drought, water restrictions, water pollution, and climate change.

Individual classrooms are visited by a NepRWA staff member who presents information through PowerPoint slides, videos, models, and hands-on activities

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Middle School/High School Program

Specialized programs are also available for middle school and high school students. We’re happy to work with you to customize a program for your students.

Past middle school/high school projects have included:

  • Water education posters/MA State House poster exhibit/reception.
  • Rain barrels designed/built by engineering students, painted by art students, and sold at auction.
  • Storm drain murals along public walkways.
  • Water sampling/macroinvertebrate identification in the Neponset River.

Click here to view High School Art Program/Water Conservation Projects

Private Schools, Afterschool Programs, Youth Groups

We are happy to work with you to customize a water education program for all age groups and audiences. We can offer a traditional in-classroom program at your site or arrange to meet with you in the field.

Programs include:

  • Water conservation – discussion of water resources, infrastructure, usage & solutions.
  • Water pollution – discussion of stormwater runoff impacts & solutions.
  • Macroinvertebrate collection & identification.
  • Rain barrel painting.
  • Rain garden design and implementation.


The Water Education Program for public schools is typically funded through our partnerships with local water departments. Private Schools, Afterschool Programs, and Youth Groups may inquire about specialized programs and costs.

For more information, email NepRWA Outreach & Communications Director, Nancy Fyler, at fyler@neponset.org