Groundwater Model Teacher Workshops

Thank you for attending the Groundwater Model Teacher Workshops.  We hope that the following resources may be of use to you and your students. 


  • Groundwater Basics - Christine Mechenich's presentation on basic groundwater concepts and introductory material from 2016 teacher workshops. 
  • Groundwater Introduction - This presentation contains additional slides that can be used to provide a brief Introduction into groundwater basics
  • WI Geology and Aquifers - David Hart's presentation on geology of Wisconsin and geologic properties of our major aquifers  
  • It'll Go with the Flow - To be used in conjunction with the water table mapping exercise found in the Groundwater Study Guide. 
  • Quantitative Exercise - Darcy's Law - Lesson for demonstrating how to calculate darcy's law using the sand-tank groundwater flow model.
  • Groundwater Model Worksheet - Step-by-step instructions for conveying the basic concepts of groundwater using the sand-tank groundwater model.
  • Groundwater Figures - Annotated figures from the publication "Ground Water and Surface Water: A single resource" USGS Circular 1139. 
  • 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.  

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

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

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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