Wilder PTSA

Watershed Program

The goal of the Watershed Program is to “provide an enriched educational environment where students can experience nature, hands-on science, and learn the interconnectedness of life in the watershed.”  The watershed curriculum covers grades K- 5th and incorporates both “indoor” or classroom-based lessons and “outdoor” or field-based lessons in our watershed.  Wilder Elementary is fortunate to have this unique program that increases our students’ scientific knowledge along with environmental awareness and sensitivity.

Watershed instruction is delivered by volunteers two to three times per year depending on the grade level.  The indoor, classroom-based lesson takes place first.  This introduces the concepts to the students and gives them practice to prepare for the outdoor lesson.  The outdoor lesson follows within one-to-two weeks of the indoor instruction; this facilitates learning retention.  The students conduct this lesson in the watershed providing them with the ability to experience hands-on learning in nature and awareness and respect for the environment.

For questions, contact Wendy Hofeling or Erin Robertson.


For Class Leaders

Leader Guidelines

Sample Email to Send to Parents

Watershed Calendar

Watershed Site Map

Safety Procedures

Do not pick items

Wildlife Encounters

Lessons by Grade


First grade

Second grade

Third grade

Fourth grade

Fifth grade


Other Resources

Watershed Program FAQs

What is a Watershed?