Clean Ocean Action

Watersheds/Non-point Source Pollution Lessons & Activities

Respect the Beach” from the Surfrider Foundation

  • Grades K-12
  • A series of lessons, activities and videos that focus on watersheds and non-point source pollution

Storm Drain Dan” by the City of Phoenix, Arizona

  • Grades 4-6
  • Comic book-style booklet about Storm Drain Dan and his battles against non-point source pollution.
  • Lesson focuses on the health of our waterways by discouraging the dumping of any pollutant into storm drains.

Kids Page from the Environmental Protection Agency

  • A variety of activities, games and lessons focusing on non-point source pollution

Surf Your Watershed from the Environmental Protection Agency

  • Explore the watershed that your school or home are in

Down the Hill” from the Children’s Water Education Council

  • Grades 4-6
  • Students learn about watersheds and construct their own model watershed
  • Students learn how pollution moves through a watershed from point and non-point sources.

Twenty Weeks of Non-point Source Pollution Fighting” from Assumption College

  • Grades 9-12
  • Series of activities about non-point source pollution to be taught individually or as a unit over a 20-week period

Stormy’s Activity Book” by Broward County Dept of Planning & Environmental Protection

  • Grades K-3
  • Stormy the Fish tells students the story of how his home river became polluted.
  • Lesson focuses on pollution created by people, and pollution cleaned up by people.
  • Illustrated with opportunities for students to draw and/or color pages.


  • All grades
  • The EnviroScape is a physical model of a watershed that demonstrates point source and non-point source pollution as it travels through a watershed to the water body
  • Many Soil Conservation Districts or County Extension offices will loan an EnviroScape to you for classroom use

Sum of the Parts” from Project WET

  • Grades 4-12
  • Students learn how everyone contributes to the pollution of a river as it flows through its watershed and discuss how to reduce everyone’s individual impacts

A-maze-ing Water” from Project WET

  • Grades K-8
  • Students guide a drop of water through a maze of potential pollutant sources to learn how actions in the home and yard affect water quality

Color Me a Watershed” from Project WET

  • Grades 9-12
  • Students learn how to interpret maps in order to observe how development can affect a watershed

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