Water Resources Education Assessment - Graham County Programs
Name of Program/Location/Point of Contact
Graham County Cooperative Extension
Carol Willis, County Director
P.O. Box 127
Solomon, Arizona 85551-0127
Description of Programs
A. Water Education Field Day
Each class participated in 4 activities at the Mt. Graham Golf Course
and a nearby park. Through interactive activities, students explored wastewater
treatment, groundwater flow, water's importance to all lifeforms and the
process of erosion.
Audience: Both Graham County events were for students and their
teachers. Lafe Nelson Elementary School in Safford participated in the
Water Education Field Day with 240 4th grade students and their teachers.
Approximately 600 6th grade students and their teachers from Graham and
Greenlee Counties attended the Cotton Field Days event.
Current Status: This was the first Water Education Field Day in
Graham County. It is hoped that this event will become an annual event.
Impacts: The special session on water education at Cotton Field
Days was a new addition this year.
Lessons Learned: Require teacher and parent volunteers involvement
in the field trip. A lot of information is share in a very short time
so keep them active and moving through activities.
B. Cotton Field Days
Water Education: At the annual Cotton Field Days at the Safford
Agricultural Center, a session on water resource education is taught.
In each session, the importance of water to all forms of life is stressed.
The groundwater flow model was used to demonstrate how pollutants move
into and through our groundwater. Potential sources of contamination were
discussed, from common chemicals around the house, to animals and factories.
Students left with a Water Wise Yard Audit containing many useful facts
and tips on where water usage outside the home could be decreased.
Audience: The Cotton Field Day started as a program for the Safford
School 6th grade, but quickly expanded to the other schools in the valley.
It has grown to include schools from Bonita, Fort Thomas, Morenci and
a local charter school. The 2000 event was attended by approximately 600
students, and their teachers, from Graham and Greenlee Counties.
Current Status: Cotton Field Day began as Ag in the Classroom
in 1985. It switched to a cotton emphasis in about 1989 and has been an
annual event ever since. Since its inception there has always been a water
education component to the Cotton Field Day.
Impacts: Students learn about an important agricultural crop to
the state of Arizona. They also learn how water resources affect and are
affected by agriculture.
Lessons Learned: When conducting outdoor education it helps to
be flexible enough to change course if one lesson doesn't seem to be working
with a particular class.