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KC Water is committed to providing excellent water, wastewater, and stormwater services that ensure the health and safety of our customers while safeguarding our regional water resources for future generations. KC Water recognizes that education is a great way to spread the message of good water quality and raise awareness about the role we all play in reducing the pollution found in stormwater runoff.

Location:  Various depending on program: Indoor or outdoor locations within the city limits of Kansas City, MO. Troops located outside of Kansas City must be willing to bring members to sites within KCMO unless location is approved by KC Water.  Please contact water.education@kcmo.org for more info.

Cost: FREE (minimum of 5 girls required); Please be a sister to our Girl Scout partners. Our partners invest staff and financial resources to provide unique Girl Scout programming at no cost to our girls and their families/troops. This is one of those special opportunities. In order for our partners to continue offering low-cost and free programming to Girl Scouts, please notify them as soon as possible if you can no longer attend.

Times: Flexible (Lessons generally take about an hour. Projects generally take about 2 hours.)

How to register: Please review GSKSMO's registration requirements before registering. Contact  Water.Education@kcmo.org to schedule.

Additional Information: KC Water will be following all CDC recommendations as well as local health guidelines and mandates. As this can change frequently, please check with us upon scheduling. We may require masks even if your school does not.  All materials will be cleaned between uses.  
 

VIRTUAL OPPORTUNITIES:

Opportunities listed below with an asterisk (*) can be offered virtually.

 

YOU SCHEDULE IT! OPPORTUNITIES:
Lessons (Daisy-Brownie)*

KC Water provides hands on educational lessons for students at every grade level.  These lessons would make a great addition to a troop meeting where you are working to earn a badge.  Our water quality education team will bring all the materials and provide expertise needed to complete a step (or more) of your badge or journey.  Lessons can be adapted to additional age levels upon request.  Lessons can be conducted indoors or outdoors as well virtually in many cases. Please refer to the KC Water education page for full details regarding lessons.

https://www.kcwater.us/education/education-resources/

*Water Quality Lessons for Troops


 Daisy

*Freddy The Fish (Kindergarten): Students participate in the story of Freddy the Fish and his journey from Kansas City to the ocean. As Freddy encounters human activities along the way that are polluting his stream, students add various substances to the water to represent different kinds of pollution. At the end of the story, students discuss how water must be cleaned before humans can drink it, and what they can do to keep pollution out of creeks, streams, and rivers.

*Ways of Water (1st grade): Students will learn about water cycles, watersheds, and how water carries matter though a water system. They learn about local watersheds and how they interact with the water cycle. Finally, students will create and manipulate a watershed model and direct parts of the water cycle to learn about the journey of water. The lesson concludes with students understanding pollution runoff.

Petal/Badge/Journey Connections: Daisy Petal: Rosie, Daisy Petal: Clover, Daisy Petal: Mari, Daisy Badge: Eco Learner, Daisy Journey: 5 Flowers, 4 Stories, 3 Cheers for Animals; Daisy Journey: Between Earth and Sky; Daisy Journey: Outdoor

 Brownie

*Clean Water Messages (2nd grade): Students learn about common types of pollutants and their impact on waterways. They start with their definition of pollution and describe pollutants that might be found in local waterways. The lesson includes human impact with pollution and how water carries pollutants to waterways. Finally, a discussion of the importance of clean water through good habits and actions known as “Best Management Practices.” The lesson closes with students creating their oven version of clean water towns with posters to display in the classroom or at home.

*Trash Tally (3rd grade): Students revisit the water cycle topic with the focus of stormwater runoff.  They become familiar with the most common types of trash found on the ground in Kansas City and how stormwater can carry that trash to the nearest waterway. A quick tour of the school grounds to point out storm drains and slope followed by students using data sheets to tally the types of trash they observe on the ground. Students then add up the tallies, find an average, and create a bar graph to show the comparisons of the types of trash found around their school property. The lesson concludes with a discussion of why it is so important to keep trash off the ground and what they can do to caution others against littering.  This lesson pairs nicely with a litter pick up service project.

Badge/Journey Connections: Brownie Badge: Girl Scout Way, Brownie Badge: Eco Friend, Brownie Badge: Household Elf

Lessons (Junior-Ambassador)

KC Water provides hands on educational lessons for students at every grade level.  These lessons would make a great addition to a troop meeting where you are working to earn a badge.  Our water quality education team will bring all the materials and provide expertise needed to complete a step (or more) of your badge or journey.  Lessons can be adapted to additional age levels upon request.  Lessons can be conducted indoors or outdoors as well virtually in many cases. Please refer to the KC Water education page for full details regarding lessons.

https://www.kcwater.us/education/education-resources/

Water Quality Lessons for Troops
 

  Junior

*Hitchhiking with H2O (4th grade): Students are introduced to characteristics of water and categories of water pollution. They learn how weathering, erosion, and deposition impact water quality and how various substances interact with our waterways. Finally, they learn how point and non-point source pollution affect water quality.

*KC to the Sea (5th grade): Students learn about watersheds and how precipitation moves through a watershed. The lesson focuses on stormwater runoff and contaminants carried to our waterways. This lesson also teaches students to think about their city when learning about the journey of stormwater. Finally, students calculate the amount of water found in a square yard and compare this to water falling around common impervious surfaces. This lesson pairs nicely with a storm drain marking service project. 

Badge/Journey Connections: Junior Badge: Girl Scout Way, Junior Journey: Outdoor 

 Cadette   Senior   Ambassador

The Force of Water (6th-8th grade): Students will learn about watersheds and how water carries matter though a watershed. The lesson focuses on storm water runoff and contaminants carried to our waterways. Students will model a water shed and learn about solutions to flooding as well as possible methods of pollution control.

Macro Monitoring (6th-12th grade): Students are introduced to benthic macroinvertebrates and how they are used to determine water quality.  Students learn about the general characteristics of macros, their importance and role in the food chain, and descriptions of a healthy macro habitat.  Connections are made as to how stormwater runoff negatively impacts these habitats.  Students become familiar with the physical characteristics to identify macros and their level of pollution tolerance.  Finally, students study and identify macros found in local waterways. KC Water provides all necessary equipment and supplies for this activity.

Water Quality Testing (6th-12th grade): Students are introduced to various components and substances found in our water ways and how they are used to determine water quality. Students learn about the general research methods through water testing, assessment tools and data collection, and descriptions of a healthy water source. Connections are made as to how stormwater runoff negatively impacts these waterways. Students become familiar with the physical characteristics of water and their levels of pollution through data analysis. KC Water provides all necessary equipment and supplies for this activity.

Badge Connections: Cadette Badge: Animal Helpers, Cadette Badge: Girl Scout Way, Cadette Badge: Eco Trekker, Senior Badge: Eco Explorer, Senior Badge: Girl Scout Way, Senior Badge: Voice for Animals, Ambassador Badge: Girl Scout Way, Ambassador Badge: Eco Advocate, Ambassador Badge: Water

Journey Connections: Cadette Journey: Outdoor, Cadette Journey: Think Like a Citizen Scientist, Senior Journey: Outdoor, Senior Journey: Think Like a Citizen Scientist, Ambassador Journey: Outdoor, Ambassador Journey: Think Like a Citizen Scientist

Projects
Steam Clean Up Project

 All Levels

Let’s get outside and help protect water quality by hosting a litter pickup at a nearby stream. Groups can range in size as all hands are welcomed when organizing a stream cleanup. The KC Water Warriors Stream Team #5390, in partnership with the Missouri Stream Team Program, will provide your group with the necessary supplies and background on the importance of keeping our waterways clean. We can supply the gloves, bags, trash grabbers, and a safety talk that will make your cleanup a success.

Badge/Journey Connections: Daisy Petal: Rosie, Daisy Badge: Eco Learner, Daisy Badge: Good Neighbor, Brownie Badge: Girl Scout Way, Brownie Badge: Eco Friend, Brownie Badge: Outdoor Adventure, Junior Badge: Girl Scout Way, Cadette Badge: Eco Trekker, Senior Badge: Eco Explorer, Senior Badge: Girl Scout Way, Ambassador Badge: Eco Advocate, Ambassador Badge: Water, Brownie Journey: WOW! Wonders of Water, Brownie Journey: Outdoor, Ambassador Journey: Outdoor

Storm Drain Marking Project 

 Junior    Cadette    Senior    Ambassador  

In most of Kansas City, the storm drains on the side of the road lead directly to a creek, stream, or river. You can help educate your neighbors about the importance of keeping these drains free of pollution and debris by marking storm drains and distributing educational door hangers in your community. KC Water will provide all of the supplies and training for this fun and rewarding community service project. All ages can participate, but children must be supervised by an adult.

Participants will gather at a pre-determined location chosen by WSD. Locations are chosen based on the number of storm drains in the area, ease of accessibility, safety, and/or convenience to the participants.

Participants should be dressed appropriately for the weather and should bring sunscreen, bug spray, bottled water, and a hat. 

Badge Connections: Junior Badge: Girl Scout Way, Cadette Badge: Eco Trekker, Senior Badge: Eco Explorer, Senior Badge: Girl Scout WayAmbassador: Eco Advocate, Ambassador: Water

Tours
Green Infrastructure Tours

  All Levels

KC Water offers education tours of our Swope Campus Sustainable Stormwater Solutions project on the parking lot of our administration building. This tour is open to all ages, but requires a minimum of two weeks’ notice. The tour can include a power point presentation on green infrastructure and/or stormwater pollution if requested. Attendees will explore and see how water moves through six types of permeable pavement, rain gardens, bioretention cells, and a bioswale. The tour also includes information on the other sustainable features of the site, including LED “dark sky” compliant lighting, electric vehicle charging stations, heat island reducing vegetation, green parking, and walking trail.

Petal/Badge/Journey Connections: Daisy Petal: Rosie: Make the World a Better Place, Daisy Badge: Eco Learner, Daisy Badge: Good Neighbor, Brownie Badge: Girl Scout Way, Brownie Badge: Eco Friend, Brownie Badge: Outdoor Adventure, Junior Badge: Girl Scout Way, Cadette Badge: Eco Trekker, Senior Badge: Eco Explorer, Senior Badge: Girl Scout Way, Ambassador Badge: Eco Advocate, Ambassador Badge: Water, Brownie Journey: WOW! Wonders of Water


Outcomes:
 Displays positive values, Learns to identify and solve problems in her community.
Learn more about the 5 Girl Scout Outcomes.