Educational Resources

California's hydrologic cycle

A schematic cross section of California’s landscape and hydrologic cycle.  The landscape includes mountains, forests, rivers, and ocean.  The cycle depicts clouds, rain, snow, evaporation, runoff, and aquifer recharge.
A schematic cross section of California’s landscape and hydrologic cycle. The landscape includes mountains, forests, rivers, and ocean. The cycle depicts clouds, rain, snow, evaporation, runoff, and aquifer recharge.
Be introduced to the hydrologic cycle, how water collects and gets used in California, and how scientists measure the water cycle.

Grades K - 12
Climatology/Meteorology • Hydrology
Activity • Lesson Plan


Educational Objectives

By the end of this activity, students will be able to:

  • Define the parts of the hydrologic cycle
  • Describe how water resources in California change seasonally
  • Identify ways scientists measure the water cycle

Audience
K-12


Observatory: Sierra CZO

Author(s): Southern Sierra CZO

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Details for this Resource

The hydrologic, or water cycle is the movement of water on, above, and through the earth’s surface. In this activity designed for K-12th graders, students will be introduced to the hydrologic cycle, how water is collected and is used in California, and how scientists measure the water cycle. By the end of this activity students will be able to define parts of the cycle, describe how the cycle changes seasonally, and identify the ways scientists measure the water cycle.