The following are draft lesson plans developed with assistance through the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, local organizations, and local educators. For more information, comments, or for assistance in planning an activity at your school, contact VLAWMO at (651) 204-6070.


Raingarden cards are designed to either enhance the accessibility of an existing raingarden or model the process of planting a raingarden. The cards may serve as a tool for a large group activity focused on planting, or an individual field journal exercise. 

Raingarden Cards - Lesson Plan

Raingarden Cards - Part 1

Raingarden Cards - Part 2

Field Journal Tips

Field Journal Sample



How much runoff is generated on your schoolyard during a rain event? How do the experts calculate this runoff? Here, students think like landscape designers and engineers to estimate runoff and pollutant loads on their schoolyard. For these activities, VLAWMO will partner with your school to generate the custom maps and pinpoint key information (soil type, land use data, etc.) for the lesson to be a success. Contact VLAWMO to plan this activity at your school. 

Stormwater Runoff Calculation - Lesson

Stormwater Runoff Calculation - Worksheet

Runoff Assistance - Spreadsheet


Pollutant Calculation - Lesson 

Pollutant Calculation - Worksheet


The Watersheds through music activity is a creative approach to how the many parts of the watershed interact. Using percussive music instruments and basic rhythms, students engage in a creative soundscape that challenges listening skills and adaptability. With each instrument representing a piece of the watershed (lakes, streams, parking lots, buildings, etc.), students make their own unique "watershed" by striving to create something that sounds cohesive. But sometimes it doesn't sound cohesive - taking both the harmony and dissonance from the activity, the experience is extrapolated to real life. How can the parts of the watershed work more harmoniously together? 

Watersheds Through Music - Lesson 


Other resources for students and teachers


2016 Annual Report now available!
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Goose-Wilkinson RFP
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The Regular Monitoring Season Has Ended
VLAWMO's regular water quality monitoring program for 2016 is complete.


Schools within VLAWMO's watershed boundary have the unique opportunity to work directly with VLAWMO staff on class visits, lesson plans, and planning cost-share efforts to install stormwater features on school grounds. Schools in the VLAWMO watershed are: 

Birch Lake Elementary, Chippewa Middle School, Lincoln Elementary, Lakaires Elementary, Vadnais Lake Elementary - Frassati Academy, Liberty Academy - AFSA High School, Children's Discovery, Oak Grove Knowledge Beginnings, and White Bear Montessori.