Teacher Resources

Teacher Resources

SSCAFCA is dedicated to educating students, adults and the Southern Sandoval County community as a whole on the issues of flood control and watershed management.


SSCAFCA is sponsoring 22 classrooms with RiverXchange. This educational program integrates water resource topics with computer technology, student writing, and a hands-on curriculum to meet specific measurable outcomes for fifth grade classes.

What is RiverXChange? RiverXChange is a curriculum developed in New Mexico to help students understand:

  • watersheds
  • water in our society
  • river ecosystems

The SSCAFCA sponsored fifth graders are partnered with “high tech pen pals” in another part of the U.S. or world. The students share with their pen pals throughout the school year things they are learning related to their local river.

Awareness of local water issues helps empower students to make decisions regarding their local water resources. Students experience the program with classroom guest speakers and the field trip to the local river, tributary or important watershed feature.

For more information, visit: http://www.riverxchange.com/.

Here is a list of the of SSCAFCA sponsored participating schools:

  • Corrales Elementary
  • Enchanted Hills Elementary
  • Sandia Vista Elementary
  • Rio Rancho Elementary
  • Maggie Cordova Elementary
  • Ernest Stapleton Elementary

Mid Rio Grande Stormwater Quality Team

The Stormwater Team was formed in 2004 to educate
individuals and businesses on how to reduce stormwater pollution by keeping
trash and other pollution out of our stormwater system.

SSCAFCA is helping to prevent stormwater pollution to keep the Rio Grand! Visit the Mid Rio Grande Stormwater Quality Team website to learn more: http://www.keeptheriogrand.org

20110310 BernCo Stormwater PresentationThis year the MRGQST awarded a grant to engage high school students in creating a peer relevant video on stormwater quality. Students from Sue Cleveland, Rio Rancho and Bernalillo High School. worked through a variety scenarios in an attempt to capture the audience’s attention on the relevance of water quality. They began with a grand vision of the apocalyptic proportions in the “Zombie POOPocalypes”, where mutations could occur if humans didn’t do their part to keep stormwater clean. This came from the discovery that stormwater in the Middle Rio Grande goes directly to the river through channels and arroyos. This water isn’t treated in a waste water treatment plant so biological contaminants along with other items the rain water picks up can affect drinking water and the water in our rivers. But after much consideration and script revisions the students narrowed the scope of the video to reflect a very simple thing each of us can do to keep the Rio Grande.

Click on the video below to check out the 2013 High School Stormwater Quality-Message.

For a short music video version click on the video below.

Thank you to the students who worked to create the video, the Intel Computer Club House of Bernalillo, the in-kind support of local business and non-profits.

Rio Rancho Children’s Water Festival

Along with community outreach and awareness activities, SSCAFCA supports the Rio Rancho Children’s Water Festival.

Water education at the elementary school level is an important component of the water conservation initiative for the City of Rio Rancho in order to create a sustainable water supply by improving water use efficiency by its citizens, encouraging water management, and promoting water conservation.

Rio Rancho has approximately 1,600 fourth grade students. Most of these students receive little or no formal water resource education.

The Rio Rancho Children’s Water Festival improves the understanding of good water management principles by the students, teachers and parents who participate in this festival. The Festival reaches approximately 45 percent of Rio Rancho fourth grade students and teachers through this annual two-day event. The next Festival is scheduled for November 5th and 6th, 2012 at the Santa Ana Star Center.

The principal focus of the Festival is to educate fourth grade school children about water and its relationship to human and other natural resources in a fun and interactive atmosphere. The program vision is to:

  • Introduce students and teachers to new ideas, options and solutions so they will conserve and protect water for the future,
  • Lay the foundation for further learning,
  • Reach as many students and teachers as possible

The Festival has been designed specifically to introduce and explain new and unfamiliar water management tools to the present and future water users and managers. Research concerning water conservation education indicates the targeted group of the Festival, fourth grade students, is ideal for achieving long-term goals. Through sharing at home and with extended family, the expected 700 participants represent an ultimate audience of 10,000 to 15,000 people throughout the Festival program. Learn more here: City of Rio Rancho.

Bosque Education Guide & Workshops

Join other educators in getting to know this amazing hands-on, K-12 interdisciplinary curriculum about the Middle Rio Grande bosque ecosystem, sponsored by the New Mexico Museum of Natural History.

Get more information at this website: Bosque Education Guide & Workshops

Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (BEMP)

Volunteers (mainly K-12 teachers and their students) do long-term ecological research to monitor key indicators of structural and functional change in the Middle Rio Grande riparian forest. Contact Kimi Scheerer at their website: Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (BEMP)

Bernalillo County Resources

Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority

In-Class Water Resource Presentations and Puppet Shows: Grades 1-12. A water resource educator will engage each class of students in a 45-60 minute hands-on presentation, customized for each grade level and correlated to NM standards and benchmarks. Water conservation, water quality, wastewater, drinking water, water cycle, climate change, water-energy connections. Classroom resources are provided. Spanish language presentations available for grades 1-12.

Puppet Show: Grades K-2.  The puppets use poetry, movement, games and song to teach students about the phases of water, the water cycle, and water stewardship.  Groups of 40-80 only.

Southside Wastewater Reclamation Plant Tours: Grades 4-12. Learn about the science of wastewater treatment!

Project WET teacher workshops: Grades K-12. ABCWUA is now a New Mexico Host Institution for Project WET and will be holding trainings for teachers who want to use the Project WET Curriculum in their classes.

Education website: For activity descriptions, all standards and benchmarks, and to request ABCWUA publications and videos, visit the website’s education page. While there, take a digital tour of their water system along with curriculum to help students explore our water resources. Free video, curriculum and song downloads!


All About Watersheds

New Mexico’s Forest and Watershed Health Information Clearinghouse provides centralized access to ecological, socio-cultural and economic information related to restoration and maintenance of New Mexico forests and watersheds. The clearinghouse functions as a library as well as a shared workspace. Free New Mexico-based watershed poster!

Check it out here: http://allaboutwatersheds.org/


Bernalillo County Office of Environmental Health

Project WET’s Healthy Water Healthy People activity booklet for grades 4-7 is now FREE! This booklet provides activities, investigations and experiments to help students understand water quality topics and issues.

Classroom presentations on water quality and health also available in English or Spanish.
Contact Matt Cross-Guillén.
Website: Bernalillo County Office of Environmental Health


Sandia National Laboratories K-12 Education Programs

Sandia National Laboratories offers many STEM programs for both teachers and students. Teacher programs include sustained professional development, workshops, scholarships for conferences, and financial support for national board certification candidates. Student programs range from K-12 and include Family Science Nights, speakers, competitions, and recruiting volunteers for your event. Contact Amy Tapia. Website: SNL Education Programs


State Offered Resources

New Mexico Dept. Game and Fish

Project WILD/Aquatic WILD Workshops. Learn more about the natural history of local wildlife, by exploring terrestrial and aquatic habitats of New Mexico.

Contact Kevin Holladay at New Mexico Dept. Game and Fish


New Mexico Office of the State Engineer

The New Mexico Office of the State Engineer offers brochures and classroom materials for grades K-12, many are available for download online: New Mexico Office of the State Engineer 

Hard copies are available also. Please email request to: waternm@seo.state.nm.us or call 1-800-WATERNM.


NM State Land Office

Energy for Education: two one-hour presentations for Grades 3-5, anywhere in New Mexico. Covers natural resources, renewable and non-renewable sources of energy and how they are used, energy consumption and conservation. Contact Miranda Miller at the NM State Land Office.


Geology.com New Mexico Water Resources Page

The Geology.com New Mexico Water Resources Page features lots of great maps showing lakes and rivers, streamflow data, elevation and precipitation for New Mexico.


Other Great Links