Photo by L. Flugga, 2013

 

For decades, Lake Whatcom Watershed residents have been doing their part to help protect the lake for future generations. You can help too by becoming a Lake Whatcom Steward today. Here are Lake Whatcom resources and information for teachers and for kids.

Sharing Our Watersheds - Water and Me
The City of Bellingham's Public Works Department offers a water education program centered on watersheds and the water treatment process from Mt. Baker to Bellingham Bay. The curriculum is designed for 5th grade students. Sharing our Watersheds focuses on: Lake Whatcom and its watershed, stormwater pollution, water treatment and distribution, and wastewater collection and treatment. 

Part 1 - Classroom Visit (1 hour)
Students are introduced to watersheds and our connection to the water cycle. They are challenged to build their own city, provide water to citizens and make sure the water is cleaned and returned to the environment to be used again. Students become Lake Whatcom investigators, discovering unique features of our drinking water source. Students receive their Sharing Our Watersheds science journal and a Lake Whatcom Watershed map.

Part 2 - Videos and Map Activities (1 hour)
Prior to the field trip, students view the video "Go with the Flow" to introduce them to Bellingham's water system, previewing what they will experience on their field trip. 

Part 3 - Field Trip Experience (4 hours)
Students meet city educators at Bloedel Donovan Park to collect a water sample from Lake Whatcom. Together we travel to the drinking water treatment plan where students "treat" their samples while touring the facility. Students will also learn about water conservation techniques, wastewater treatment, and stormwater pollution and prevention.

Part 4 - Classroom Presentation Preparation
Student groups watch the video "Lost in Puget Sound" and prepare small group presentations about local stormwater pollutants such as oil and gas, fertilizer, pesticides, pet waste, phosphorus, sediment, litter, and soap.

Part 5 - Post Trip Classroom Visit (1 hour)
Students present their stormwater pollution information to city educators. When finished, they become Drain Rangers, learning simple steps to prevent stormwater pollution. They receive a Drain Ranger certificate to remind them of their pledge to keep our waterways clean. The class will review results from the Water Use Worksheet and learn how to use less water at home. Students receive a shower timer to help them achieve their water conservation goals.




Resources
Lost in Puget Sound (Video)
Go with the Flow (Video)
Student Journal (PDF)
Teacher Journal with Answers (PDF)
Water System Water Cycle Poster (PDF)
Storm Drains are NOT Sewers! (PDF)
Water Hog Game (Big Cards)
Water Use Worksheet (Showers)
Lake Whatcom Map (PDF)