Time: 20 minutes to one hour
Adult support needed? Self-guided student activity, youth will need adult supervision for outdoor portion
Want to help keep rivers clean and learn about your neighborhood at the same time? Investigate your neighborhood to find the nearest storm drain. Storm drains are openings in the sidewalk or street that connect to underground pipes. Storm drains play an important role in keeping our communities safe because they help to prevent streets from flooding when it rains. However, any water that flows into storm drains eventually ends up in the river or the ocean without being treated or cleaned. Similarly, any trash or other type of pollution that flows into a storm drain will also end up in local water bodies. We can help keep our river and the storm drain cleans by knowing that only water should go inside the storm drain and teaching others about storm drains. In this activity, youth will:
- Investigate and draw a storm drain in their neighborhood.
- Watch videos to learn about stormwater runoff and the storm drain system.
- Take action: draw a poster or record a video to teach people about keeping storm drains clear of pollution.
Virtual Activity Guide
It’s as if CWC educators were in the classroom with you! Join CWC staff as they guide youth through the activity. Youth are taken step by step through the activity. You may choose to use the Virtual Activity Guide instead of the Activity Guide PDF as all the same information is provided in this Virtual Activity Guide.
Supports Next Generation Science Standards:
- 4-ESS3-2. Generate and compare multiple solutions to reduce the impacts of natural Earth processes on humans.
- 5-ESS3-1. Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
- Worksheet PDF: Only Rain Down the Storm Drain
- Pencil and markers
- Cell phone camera (optional)
- View or print the worksheet. No printer? No problem! View the worksheet online and grab blank paper to follow along.
- Investigate: Follow worksheet directions to find and observe a storm drain in your neighborhood.
- Watch video: Watch this video by NCTTOG E&D to learn about stormwater runoff and storm drains.
- Take action: Draw a poster or record a video to teach people about keeping storm drains clear of pollution.
- (Optional) Share your poster or video with us! Send an email to MBehn@coastal-watershed.org or tag @CoastalWatershedCouncil on Instagram or Facebook.
- Santa Cruz County Office of Education News & Food Programs: Parents are encouraged to call or email their child’s school or district prior to visiting the site in person if they have questions or need services beyond the food program available to their student or to pick up distance learning materials. Please find a master list of all Santa Cruz County food service distribution locations at http://sccoe.link/food_service. Please find an interactive map of all the food distribution locations and service times at http://sccoe.link/food_service_map.
- Speaking with your child about COVID
- Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency
- Santa Cruz County 211