Students from York Suburban Middle School participating in Rain to Drain – Slow the Flow activity Feb. 15, 2018.
Penn State Master Watershed Stewards in York County recently teamed up with the York County Planning Commission to offer some programming for York Suburban Middle School’s Seventh Grade Team Day. Approximately 240 middle school students participated in the event. The York County Planning Commission introduced students to mapping, GIS technology and community planning.
Master Watershed Stewards guided the students through Penn State Extension's Rain to Drain – Slow the Flow activity. This hands-on activity showed students how stormwater moves through natural and developed land. Students learned about green infrastructure and stormwater best management practices that can be installed both at home and in the community to reduce flooding and non-point source pollution. They were also introduced to various professions such as civil engineers, landscape architects, municipal employees, land developers, etc. who must deal with the movement of stormwater and the implementation of green infrastructure practices in their jobs.
Engaging young students in water education such as Rain to Drain – Slow the Flow will help them become better water stewards and planners in the future. For more information about youth water education offered through Penn State Extension visit the Youth Water Education page.