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Poster Contest

Enter today for Maricopa County's Stormwater Quality Pollution Prevention Poster Contest! Open for all 3rd-6th grade students within Maricopa County. Entries must be postmarked by March 24, 2017. Poster Contest Rules Click Here

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Maricopa County Stormwater Quality Program provides stormwater pollution educational and informational opportunities for homeowner associations, businesses, and community events through an interactive Watershed Pollution EnviroScape model and other hands-on games/activities. Our staff will come to your meeting or event and demonstrate the local impacts of stormwater pollution on our county's water resources. Contact staff at (602) 689-2369 for information and scheduling or email us at

Just for Educators

The Goal

The goal of the Stormwater Quality Outreach Program is to raise awareness of stormwater runoff, offer solutions to runoff pollution, and to protect our drinking and recreational water.

Let Us Come To You

Our outreach staff are available to deliver hands-on stormwater quality programs directly to your school, library, community center, or other educational venue within Maricopa County.


  • We offer FREE presentations to all Kindergarten—8th grade students within Maricopa County!
  • All programs are 45 minutes in length with 30 students maximum.
  • Programs must be scheduled two weeks in advance and are based on availability.
  • Outreach programs are scheduled in 1 hour blocks to allow for set-up and breakdown.
  • A teacher or adult staff member from the school site must be present at all times.
  • Clean Water Students Help Brochure

Classroom Workshops

Adventures with Sam the Salamander
Grade K, 45-minute workshop
30 students maximum

Participants will go on an adventure with Sam the Salamander as he travels downstream in a river. Sam swims through some “bad things” called pollutants. Students will participate in helping Sam make it safely downstream and discuss ways to help him on his next adventure.

Be Watershed Wise

Grades 1-2, 45-minute workshop
30 students maximum

Students will discover just how much of the earth is covered by water. Participants will create their own watershed, learn about different pollutants, see how pollution accumulates in our water sources, and find out how to prevent it.

Keeping it Clean

Grades 3-4, 45-minute workshop
30 students maximum

Students will investigate water pollution through an interactive demonstration of an Enviroscape model. At the end of the workshop, students will be able to answer the following questions: Where is our water? How does our water become polluted? Let’s learn to keep our water clean together!

The Peril of Impervious Surfaces

Grades 5-6, 45-minute workshop
30 students maximum

Through hands-on experiments, students will work in teams to create an urban runoff model. They will explore the speed and volume of stormwater runoff in rural and urban areas. Further experimentation will lead to solutions to help prevent urban flooding.

Water Detectives

Grades 7-8, 45-minute workshop
30 students maximum

Working in groups, students will become detectives. By performing various tests on a water sample collected at the “pollution crime scene”, the detectives will learn the different pollutants we create, how they affect our water supply, and try to discover the source of the water pollution. Do you know who did it? Can you prevent further water pollution crimes?

How to Schedule a Classroom Visit

It’s easy! To make a reservation for your class,

  1. fill out the Outreach Request Form, and
  2. email it to

For more information about our outreach programs, please call (602) 689-2369.

Stormwater Activities & Games

Stormwater Activity Book