Conservation Education

The North Yakima Conservation District recognizes the importance of educating our youngest citizens.  We offer a variety of opportunities through a cooperative agreement with the Franklin Conservation District.

Wheat Week

Wheat Week is a series of five lessons, delivered over the course of one week, educating Wheat Week 2students in 4th and 5th grade about water, soil, plant breeding, energy, systems, and wheat, and how they impact our lives. Wheat Week is FREE and any school can request Wheat Week. Teachers are asked to plan together so each day 3-4 classrooms can receive the daily one-hour lesson. All Wheat Week lessons are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. Each lesson takes approximately one hour each day.

Drain Rangers Elementary Stormwater Curriculum

(Grades 3-5)

The purpose of the Elementary Stormwater Curriculum is to develop an understanding of the serious issues facing our community from stormwater pollution and to share specific actions we can take to improve the quality of our water.JR Drain Ranger 1 In this unit, students will be introduced to a problem-solving model where they think like an engineer and explore ways to solve the problem of stormwater pollution. The lessons in this unit are specifically designed to meet classroom requirements of the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. Content about polluted stormwater runoff, engineering design, and literacy skills are integrated throughout the unit so that students can practice and apply the new standards with relevant content. Polluted stormwater runoff is one of many environmental problems our students will face. By equipping our students at a young age with the problem solving tools of the engineer and the verbal and written skills of an effective communicator, we are preparing these students to solve the difficult and challenging environmental issues that affect our present and our future.

Jr. Drain Rangers K-2nd Presentations

Jr. Drain rangers is a stormwater education program modeled after Drain Rangers! and adapted to the learning needs of students in kindergarten, first, and second grades. During the presentations, studentsJr. Drain Ranger will identify a problem in our community and brainstorm solutions. They will participate in hands-on activities, games, and engage in discussion about stormwater pollution and how to prevent it. Junior Drain Rangers lessons are designed to be hands-on, interactive, and support the Next Generation Science Standards. Each presentation is about one hour long for a maximum of 30 students. Junior Drain Rangers is only available in select counties.


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Due to COVID-19, modifications will be made to meet teachers’ and students’ needs.

For more information or to schedule please contact:

Kara Kaelber
Education Director
Franklin Conservation District
Phone Number: 509.416.0440 x 107
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