NC DWR's Office of Water Education is dedicated to supporting educators throughout North Carolina. We strive to create programs, events, and other resources to connect and engage communities with their local water resources. Below is a list of a few existing programs we offer. If you're interested in learning how you can utilize these water education resources into your own programs, please email email@example.com.
Water Education Pen Pals
Sign up today for a student letter exchange in next Spring’s Water Education Pen Pals
Participate in our statewide “Value of Water” Art Celebration
Why do you celebrate your water?
Submissions are ongoing
It’s Our Water- Online, Self-Paced Course
Request info to: Lauren.Daniel@deq.nc.gov
10 hours of Criteria I credit for NC Environmental Education Program
Note: This is an existing program hosted on a brand new LMS (Canvas), so new participants will also be piloting the new format as I iron out any “wrinkles”.
Water Education Coffee Talks
Bring a cup of your favorite morning beverage and kick off your month with some informal discussions to support engagement, outreach and water education! First Thursday of each month:
NC Stream Watch is designed to:
The NC Climate Education Network connects educators and climate scientists. This network is lead by a partnership between NC DEQ Educators and the NC State Climate Office. We offer quarterly open houses to learn about specific climate-related topics as well as hosting periodic "Climate Chats" for educators to learn about programs and other climate initiatives to incorporate into their programs. To learn more, check out the NC Climate Education Website.
Are you a water educator? Do you find yourself looking for the latest information to support water education in your classroom setting? We invite anyone to join us on the first Thursday of each month to join our water education discussion. These are informal discussions using MS Teams to connect educators from all corners of North Carolina to share ideas and find inspiration for their own programs. To register, join our mailing list here.
Do you offer large-scale or community-wide water education events? The NC Creek Week Network brings watershed groups, stormwater educators, and members from various local governments and non-profits to the same table to share strategies and support for hosting events. If you're looking to grow your own partnership, learn about existing resources, or enhance your events with new ideas, email firstname.lastname@example.org to join our NC Creek Week Network!
Learn about the water quality data associated with a stream or river. You can input a zip code and learn about the features in your watershed. This is a helpful tool for students doing research for an environmental project or for anyone curious to learn about their community's water resources.
Most people know North Carolina has 100 counties, but did you know that we boast 17 river basins? Each river basin has unique features. You can learn about all of our river basins on our Office of Environmental Education's NC River Basins Map.
NC DWR is responsible for various programs that conserve, protect, and restore our water resources. Learn from the maps that cover regulatory topics from animal feeding operations to impaired waters. To access, visit our page with DWR Maps.