Educational Resources

Watersheds & stream models

Photo of a stream model made from an approximately 4 foot long plastic tub, pipe valves, tubing, pvc pipe, buckets, and other materials.
Photo of a stream model made from an approximately 4 foot long plastic tub, pipe valves, tubing, pvc pipe, buckets, and other materials.
Use simple stream models to explore the concept of watersheds, catchment basins, and to introduce California water resources.

Grades 3 - 12
Hydrology
Demo • Activity


Educational Objectives

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

  • Define a watershed and a catchment basin
  • Learn basic stream features and flow properties
  • Understand sources of water in California

Audience
K-12


Observatory: Sierra CZO

Author(s): Southern Sierra CZO

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Details for this Resource

Take a look at the process of runoff water by examining watershed and catchment basins. This activity is designed for 4th-12th graders. Students explore the concepts of watersheds, catchment basins, and are introduced to California’s Water resources. Through this fun, hands-on activity students will learn basic stream features and flow properties, while understanding the sources of water in California.