SYRCL’s River Education Program re-launched “The Great Water Mystery” in 2014, and the program continued to grow in 2015. The Great Water Mystery is an interactive in-school assembly program that uses an engaging mystery story to teach children about water conservation. The goal of “The Great Water Mystery” assemblies is to encourage kids and their families to incorporate simple water conservation techniques into their daily lives.
SYRCL offers this free assembly program to schools in Nevada, Yuba, Placer, and El Dorado counties with funding from Nevada Irrigation District, City of Grass Valley, City of Nevada City, Placer County Water Agency, and the California Department of Water Resources. This collaboratively funded program comes at a crucial time for water conservation. The state of California is in the middle of a severe drought and Californians are being asked to reduce their water consumption by 20%. This program actively engages students in water conservation lessons and activities.
“The Great Water Mystery” teaches California and National Science Content Standards, making it a useful tool for teachers by aligning with curriculum requirements. The presentation is adapted for each grade level. The “mystery story” teaches age-appropriate science concepts for kindergarten through eighth grade while delivering a powerful message about water conservation.
The presentation stars “Detective Drizzle” and uses hilarious audience participation, dramatic slides, exciting demonstrations and fun stories to keep students and teachers engaged while teaching them to understand the effects their actions have on our water supply. SYRCL’s assembly program educated over 234,000 students about water conversation before it ended in 2007 due to a lack of funds.
SYRCL would like to thank our funders for making this program possible again. For teachers, parents, or school administrators interested in scheduling an assembly for their school, please contact Heather Kallevig, SYRCL’s River Education Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.