Water Works 2024 Flyer

Registration Closed 

*Registration will be open from January 26th – February 9th, 2024*


**To better facilitate invoicing, we are transitioning to an $80 per class fee to attend.  This adjustment allows us to send invoices well in advance of the event, ensuring payments can be made prior to the end of school year.** 


Take a Closer Look At Water

As water is a rising concern in Nebraska, correct information about the issues we’re facing is of top concern.  That is why several leading agencies in Douglas and Sarpy counties offer the program ‘Eyes on Conservation: Water Works’ to fifth grade students.  Held mainly outdoors, Water Works is a day filled with water related sessions and activities taught by local water-related experts.

A Valuable Experience

Each year, evaluations rave over the event. Pre and post tests of students show a significant knowledge gain from attending the festival. Teacher evaluations show tremendous support for the program. “This field trip was one of the best ever in our 25 years of combined teaching,” said one teacher.

Listed below are some of the featured sessions to give you an idea of the activities available at Water Works.

  • Water Recreation: Choose between Aquatic Pond Life, Round Rafting, or River Trail Hike. 
    • Round Rafting – This brand new activity is sure to please!  Round rafts or ‘corkls’ float like a kayak, but twirl and turn as you paddle. 
    • River Trail Hike – Observe the plants and animals that make up Schramm Park’s riparian habitat, a unique wetland area along the river’s edge. 
    • Aquatic Pond Life – Examine aquatic macroinvertebrates and determine the health of a pond by observing and recording what we find. 
  • Water Cycle: Simulate the movement of a water drop through the hydrologic cycle. 
  • The Great Outdoors: A potpourri of water related activities including: How Much Water in the World, Pest Management, and River Management
  • Schramm Education Center: Visit and test yourself on Nebraska’s wildlife as you learn about our unique snake, frog, and turtle species. 
  • Pollution Solution: Students will learn the importance of water quality in our streams and rivers.  A three-dimensional landscape, called an Enviroscape ® model, will demonstrate the movement of water and pollution through a watershed.  Best management practices will be examined to find solutions to stop pollution from occurring.  Students will gain insights into their responsibility in taking care of the water around them and how everyone can do their part to keep it clean.


Local Sponsors

Water Works sessions are taught by experts in the field to insure correct information. The core planning committee for the event includes:

For more information about Water Works and how to get involved, contact

Austen Hill
at ahill@papionrd.org
or 402-315-1777