Watershed Decisions

A hands-on, inquiry based activity that helps older youth and adults learn about water quality issues surrounding small watersheds and the decision making processes that go into improving those water quality issues.
Watershed Decisions Activity Board and Components

Watershed Decisions Activity Board and Components

Awarded in 2012 by the National Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals (ANREP) and the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4-HA)

As "new members" of a community organization interested in improving local water quality, Watershed Decisions participants role-play while examining simulated water samples, exploring the land users in their community, and then creating a plan for improving their watershed on a limited budget. There is no one solution to this activity and the results are dependent upon the creativity, opinions, and ideas of the participants.

  • Designed for use with 2 or more small groups of 4-10 people each
  • Geared towards adults and older youth (aged 12-18) with a basic understanding of watersheds

Available for your classroom, educational program, youth group, municipality, watershed association, or any other group interested in exploring this important topic.

Kit Pricing

$30.00 per kit (Additional shipping and handling costs may be required.)

Kit includes:

  • 1 Lesson Plan (with copy pages)
  • 2 Watershed Activity Boards
  • 2 Sets of Activity Components (cups, cards, envelopes)

For larger groups, additional bundles of 1 activity board and 1 set of activity components available for purchase (with or after initial full kit purchase) for $12.00 each.


To purchase, contact:

Jennifer Fetter
Watershed/Youth Development Educator


Watershed Decisions comes with three sets of activity cards for each set-up. Here are a few samples of those cards.

A number of academic standards, national and state specific, can be addressed and enhanced through the use of the Watershed Decisions Activity.

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An optional addition to the Watershed Decisions activity, this worksheet gives participants a place to record their predictions, results, and plans for improving the watershed.