Descriptions of School Field Trips and Classroom Programs

Below are the current educational outreach programs that WSSC offers for free to schools, scouts and youth groups in our service area. Note that the in-school programs involve hands-on activities done in small groups, which are best for classroom and not auditorium-style presentations. There must be at least 15 youth participants for any program. To request a program for your group, please complete this form.

Water Wisdom - 2nd grade

This interactive classroom lesson guides students through the incredible journey water takes as it moves on, above, and in the Earth, and the actions they can take to protect this natural resource. This program can last from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours depending on your needs/class size. 

Watershed Defenders - 3rd - 6th grade

During this 45-minute to one-hour lesson, students will begin to understand what a watershed is and why it is important to protect the land surrounding various bodies of water. Through this lesson, students will gain knowledge about nature’s ability to protect water sources and the negative impact common human actions can have on water. Each classroom will get a Habits Affect Habitats poster. 

Water Works - 3rd - 9th grade

Through a discussion about systems, students will learn how water moves through the built environment. This one-hour classroom lesson will get students thinking about the systems in place to get water from its source to their homes, and then how that water is treated so it is safe to return to rivers and streams. Each classroom will get a WSSC System Map.  

A Century of Serving the Community - 9th  -10th grade

Ever wonder what life was like in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties 100 years ago? This 45-minute presentation will help students explore that topic along with how national events and policies can affect local development. After the presentation, students will not only have a better understanding of the role a water utility plays in protecting public health, but also how it can serve as a catalyst for growth and development. 

Field Trip - Wonders of the Watershed - 3rd - 6th grade

This field trip takes place along WSSC’s watershed property and can include a tour of a WSSC reservoir with a description of how our reservoir system works to provide drinking water for 1/3 of our customers. This program includes a discussion of local fish and wildlife as well as activities focused on the importance of source water protection. Trips last 1 to 2 hours depending on group size. 

Field Trip – Water Resource Recovery Facility Tour - 3rd grade - adult (This is a walking tour that lasts 1.5 to 2 hours and is best for mature audiences and groups numbering between 10 and 25 participants)

Join our plant operators as you dive into the process wastewater takes after it goes down the drain and before it is returned to local waterways. Tours are offered Tuesday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Western Branch and Parkway facilities. Tours of our Seneca Plant occur on Wednesdays, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tours are not offered between December 1 and March 15. 

Field Trip – Sewer Science - High School students 

During this simulated laboratory, students create and treat wastewater providing them with a snapshot of a day in the life of a water resource recovery facility operator. Students finish out the day touring the water resource recovery facility/facility. The program highlights the importance of math and science in today’s careers. Due to limited capacity this program is offered as a lottery system.  

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