Developed specifically for 4th grade, our Utah Waters Van explores the importance of water in Utah.  Teachers choose from two program options: Wonders of the Water Cycle or Investigating Utah’s Wetlands. Education Presenters discuss the water cycle, as well as the role that wetlands play in our environment, and how water affects animal life.  This program is free to public/charter 4th grade classes in Utah.


Classroom Application/Core Curriculum

Wonders of the Water Cycle:  4th Grade Science Standard 1 – Students will understand that water changes state as it moves through the water cycle.

Investigating Utah’s Wetlands:  4th Grade Science Standard 5 – Students will understand physical characteristics of Utah’s wetlands, forests, and deserts and identify common organisms for each environment.

Our Animal Ambassadors

Students have the opportunity to interact with our Animal Ambassadors that may include:

  • Garter Snake
  • Gopher Snake
  • Tiger Salamander
  • Woodhouse’s Toad
  • Red-spotted Toad
  • King Snake
  • Banded Gecko
We provide schools with two options for their Utah Waters Van visit:
Option 1: Wonders of the Water Cycle
  • Real working model that demonstrates the water cycle
  • Student centered experiment showing how air pressure and temperature impact condensation
  • Live animals are used to discuss how the water cycle impacts their lives in Utah
  • Water conservation
Option 2: Investigating Utah’s Wetlands
  • Engages students in learning based wetland activity
  • Adaptations and classification of plants and live animals found in Utah’s wetlands
  • Wetland Model Demonstration showing filtration and flood control
  • Water conservation

Since our start in 2002, the Utah Waters Van has reached over 340,000 students in all 42 school districts!