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Educational Programs
EPA-WaterSense Web SiteWater Conservation
The EPA WaterSense website includes A Day in the Life of a Drop activities for students and Test Your WaterSense quiz for all ages. The WaterSense program offers people a simple way to make product choices that use less water with no sacrifice to quality or product performance. Toilets and faucets are independently certified to qualify for the WaterSense label.

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
Check out the Arizona Enviro-Canyon Kids website. Journey through Arizona and learn more about the environment and our precious resources.

Water Education for Teachers (WET)
The City of Flagstaff once again partnered with AZ Project WET to coordinate our eighth water festival for local fourth graders on September 17, 2015, at Foxglenn Park.  A total of 735 students, 28 teachers and 68 parents from several Flagstaff schools participated in the water-themed educational activities, including topics on the water cycle, watersheds, groundwater and water conservation. Flagstaff area fourth grade teachers prepared their students for the event by adding educational opportunities to their classroom instruction. The teachers received specialized training prior to the event and spent time preparing the students for the event with additional classroom instruction and activities. This included the students taking tests before and after the water festival.

Those responsible for making the event a great success by providing instruction and assistance to the students as well as logistics support for the event included volunteers from the City of Flagstaff, Northern Arizona University, SCA Willow Bend Environmental Center and Coconino County. Volunteers and staff were rewarded with delicious pizza donated in part by Fratellis! 
You can learn more about Arizona Project WET

Teacher Academies
Teacher Workshops often provide continuing education credit. For information about upcoming workshop availability and whom to contact click on the Teacher Academies link. You can find additional educational information for children at the water page. Workshops are scheduled for Phoenix and Tucson. If you're interested in scheduling a workshop or teacher in-service please contact:
  • City of Phoenix at
    • (602) 470-8086, ext. 333
    • (520) 792-9591, ext. 22

  • Maricopa County
    • (602) 470-8086, ext 335

XeriscapeRio de Flag Wetland
Learn more about Xeriscape and how you can participate.

Rio de Flag Wetland
Conservation efforts continue at the Rio de Flag Wetland.

Frances Short Pond
AZ Game and Fish Heritage Fund Grants have enabled several projects to occur at the pond over the years.

Phase I
In Phase I, the pond was drained and cleaned in 2004/05 removing 18,000 cubic yards of sediment to restore the site. The pond now holds approximately 3.6 million gallons of water (2 acres) which is naturally filled from run-off through the Rio de Flag and supplemental City of Flagstaff recycled water. Water depth is about 10 feet at the dam crest and the average depth of the pond is approximately 3 to 5 feet throughout the pond. This study area serves the adjacent schools of Flagstaff Middle, Marshall Elementary, Flagstaff High, New Start Middle and High, as well as NAU, CCC, and any school wishing to utilize the pond for environmental studies. The pond is routinely stocked with trout by the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGF) and existing signs indicate a preference for catch and release.

Phase II

Phase II funds created standards based environmental educational materials and training for this wetland habitat.

Phase III
Phase III included enhancements to provide long-term and wide-ranging beneficial impacts. These benefits included the creation of a nature trail adjacent to the pond, benches to view urban wildlife and habitat, fabrication and installation of interpretive signs, installation of a solar-powered pond circulator and the addition of trash receptacles.

The pond was also cleaned of plant material in the late summer of 2015, allowing a better environment for aquatic wildlife.

Rio Well Landscape Site
The Rio Well landscape site exhibits native and Xeriscape plants divided into the zones they are found. It is located due east and south of the reclaimed water loadout station on Babbitt Way. There are signs at each zone listing the plants that may be found in these types of locations in Arizona. If you are in the process of redesigning your yard to be more water efficient, feel free to stop by the site and see the wonderful work that was done there. You can walk the rock path and view the signs and plants along the way. We would like to thank the Bureau of Reclamation for providing the grant money to fund the work done at this site.