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Groundwater Model Workshops: Application & Resources

2021 Registration is Now Open!

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Deadline to apply: December 1, 2020

About the Workshops:

Groundwater is an important resource, as it supplies drinking water to the majority of Wisconsin citizens. Help your students visualize the movement of groundwater and pollutants through underground materials by attending this FREE 1-day workshop. This is a great way to guide student learning and meet NGSS standards!

Participants receive the following:
  • A FREE sand tank model (valued at $1100), plus training on use & maintainance.
  • Educational materials to expand your environmental education curriculum.
  • Resources to teach lessons specific to WI geology & groundwater management concerns.
  • Plus, schools are eligible for reimbursement to cover substitute teacher costs.

Workshop Date/Format

This year the workshop will be held remotely. Those educators selected will attend a syncronous online workshop via Zoom on Wed. March 3rd from 9AM - 4PM. Groundwater models will be shipped to participants prior to the workshop. 

The training is provided by staff from the Wisconsin DNR, the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey and the UW-Stevens Point Center for Watershed Science and Education. Funding for the groundwater workshops comes from a wellhead protection "setaside" grant given to the DNR by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

2021 Groundwater Model Workshop Flyer

What past participants have said about the workshops

We recently evaluated the effectiveness of the groundwater models and the workshops that have been conducted over the past 10 years. Click here to view the Executive Summary

Workshop Resources:


    Groundwater related video links

    Aquifer penetration using Groundwater Model - YouTube

    Groundwater Model Demo with Captions - YouTube

    Testing Well Water for Microorganisms - WRI video link 

    A New Measure of Groundwater Flow - WRI video link

    Little Plover River Pump Test - YouTube

    Other Groundwater Resources

    Wisconsin Groundwater Study Guide - Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

    Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey - Your one stop shop for information on the geology of Wisconsin. Order maps, rocks and find other great information by visiting their website. 

    What's Wrong With My Water?  - Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

    WI Well Water Quality Viewer - Search for well water quality information in your community using this interactive mapping viewer. 

    Ordering Groundwater Model Parts and Supplies

    UWSP Groundwater Model Project - for ordering extra parts or model repair


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