Some people learn best by seeing how things work. While it’s not always possible to see the consequences of our behaviors in real time, we can use models to bring issues down to a scale we can observe. Cuyahoga SWCD has some models that we can bring to a school or presentation to demonstrate processes like erosion, the water cycle and how pollutants move across the landscape. Several of these models, like the Enviroscape, the Streamulator, Erosion Boxes and a Soil Tent, are available for loan to Cuyahoga County educators. We also have learning kits that can be borrowed like the ODNR Wildlife skins and skulls kit, the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve Exploration lesson plans and materials, and Envirothon training kits. These kits include scientific collection tools, field guides, lesson plans and activity materials. Refundable deposits are required for loans.
Formal and informal educators can attend our summer workshops to learn how to use our models and make some of their own. Teachers certified in appropriate curricula can also borrow kits to support Project WET, Wild and Learning Tree curricula. Information about grants for these and similar materials are also available during our workshops.
To learn more about our summer educator workshops or borrowing our resources, please contact us.
Blog author: Jacki Zevenbergen, Stormwater Education Program Manager