We had a bus load of visitors all the way from Ropesville, Texas, today! They took a field trip to our Lubbock office, where they learned about the water district and water conservation. The students came to the office eager to learn, and we had a blast teaching them! About 32 students listened to the overview of how rain water harvesting works and learned the basics of outdoor water conservation.
We headed outside to the HPWD rain garden to show the students our water friendly xeriscape. They learned what each plant was called and why it is important to use water wise landscaping. We rolled a ball down the parking lot to show its slant, and explained that it directs rainwater directly to our garden. We also showed the students how a rain chain directs water from your gutters and into your rain barrel.
After we demonstrated how rain water harvesting works, we made mini rain barrel piggy banks! We had decorating stations with assorted duct tape and stickers. The students decorated their rain barrels and stuck a pipe cleaner faucet in the front! To wrap up our activity, we reminded the kids to “save water, save money,” and had them write the slogan in the bottom of their rain barrels.
We sent the students home with High Plains Water District drawstring bags and erasers, along with their mini rain barrels. We hope they continue learning about the importance of water conservation and share what they learned today with others!