Understanding NYC’s Water Story:
A Curriculum Guide for the Classroom
This exciting curriculum guide for K-8 classrooms is a compilation of successful STEM lessons and activities, designed to support an interdisciplinary, hands-on approach to teaching. This comprehensive guide of lessons, activities, and resources helps teachers and students explore NYC’s water story, from drinking water and wastewater to stormwater and harbor water. The curriculum guide is also aligned to the New York State Science Learning Standards and Amplify Curriculum. To learn more, click Curriculum Guide for K-8 Teachers. To request a printed copy, complete the Education Resource Material Request.
Jamaica Bay Education Resource Directory
Explore resources and program opportunities in and around the Jamaica Bay watershed, one of the City’s most unique, ecologically rich, natural areas. Download Jamaica Bay Education Resource Directory. To request a printed copy, complete the Education Resource Material Request.
NYC Water Virtual Tours
Explore NYC’s incredible water resources using our virtual tours of the NYC Watershed, Sewer System, Wastewater Treatment, and Harbor Water Quality. Featuring staff interviews, in the field footage, interactive maps, and historical images, these virtual tours will help you discover where your drinking water comes from, what happens after it’s flushed down the drain, and how we can all help protect our waterways. At the beginning of each virtual tour, you will find a Student Worksheet for following along. We recommend these resources for 6-12 grade students, as well as 3-5 grade students guided by an educator or family member. Adults will enjoy these fun, digital resources too! To learn more, click NYC Water Virtual Tours.
Sound and Noise Education Module
DEP’s new Sound & Noise Education Module features interactive, multi-disciplinary, STEM lessons and activities to introduce students to the New York City sound environment and the public health issues, both mental and physical, associated with noise. Lessons and activities include investigating the differences between sound and noise, mapping sound, analyzing local data, and exploring the NYC Noise Code. DEP’s education modules provide background information, lessons, activities, and additional resources. Check out DEP’s other online education modules on Climate Change, Green Infrastructure, and NYC’s Sewer System.
For more information about DEP’s education resources, please visit www.nyc.gov/dep/education. To keep up with DEP’s activities, click on the links below:
DEP website: www.nyc.gov/dep