Elementary & Middle School Programs

At the Water Resource Center students have an opportunity to learn about water systems in our region, both natural systems and engineered systems. Field trips can accommodate up to 80 students per day, lasting 2 to 4 hours, and are free of charge.

Some activities are listed below. Spokane County Water Resources staff will work with each group to customize field trip activities at the Water Resource Center to fit your needs.

The Earth's Water System


Description Age Group

Travel Through the Water Cycle

Learn how water moves through the water cycle by acting like a water molecule.

All Ages

Our Local Water System

Learn how the natural water cycle works in the Spokane area.

All Ages

Human Activities & the Water System

Title Description Age Group

Water Reclamation Facility Process

Learn about the process the wastewater coming out of their houses and schools goes through to become reclaimed water using hands on activities for most of the steps in the process.

All Ages

What Should You Flush?

Investigate why some common household materials should not be flushed down the toilet.

All Ages

Where Does the Water Go?

Investigate where precipitation goes when it falls on various surfaces around the Water Resource Center.

Grades 5 and up

Stormwater Maze

Learn about pollutants on our streets and where they go when it rains.


Water Quality

Title Description
Age Group

Investigate Water

Investigate the properties of several types of water.

Grades 2 - 8

Sum of the Parts

Learn about point and nonpoint sources of pollution.

Grades 5 and up

The activities are designed to meet Washington State science education standards in the following ways:

Use models to understand:
  • Natural water systems
  • Engineered water systems
  • The roles of water in Earth's surface processes
  • Human impacts on Earth's systems
Carry out investigations of the properties of water:
  • Make predictions
  • Collect data
  • Analyze data
  • Draw conclusions
Please contact us for more information about education programs at the WRC.