Creating a Watershed in Your Hand

Learn how to create a miniature watershed model that demonstrates the basic geography of a watershed, how water flows through the system, and the impact people can have on the quality of our water.


Recommended Grades: K-12

This adapted activity, taken from the Watershed Explorer Curriculum, is a good way to introduce students to the importance of watersheds. This activity is best paired withthe  Get To Know Your Watershed activity to increase engagement.

Scroll to the bottom of this page to see a step-by-step photographic demonstration of this activity!


You will need:

  • A sheet of paper
  • Three different colors of water soluble markers
  • A spray bottle of water