• CGEE Metro WaterShed Partners Exhibits

    Metro WaterShed Partners Exhibits

    The Metro WaterShed Partners provide museum quality exhibits, including interactive multimedia kiosks, that provide learning opportunities about the connection between everyday actions and clean water in Minnesota.  These include "Exhibits for Events" and "Exhibits for Use in Classrooms and Workshops."

    Steps to Checking Out Clean Water Education Exhibits

    1. Determine which exhibits would be most appropriate for your event, class or workshop by reading the descriptions below.

    2. Check availability of exhibits on the Check-Out Calendar

    3. Complete the online exhibit request form, linked from the Check-Out Calendar page above. 

    Exhibits for Events

    The WaterShed Partners have 5 different exhibits available to use at events. The exhibits can be used alone, or together for a larger event. Each exhibit illustrates a facet of the connection between humans, the landscape and clean water. The exhibits are:

     TABLE 2: What is Your Watershed Address?

    "What is Your Watershed Address?" (also known as "Table 2") defines a watershed and allows Minnesotans to locate the watershed in which they live on two maps: (1) A statewide map with puzzle pieces in the shape of the watersheds of Minnesota; (2) A metro area map with puzzle pieces in the shape of the watersheds of the Twin Cities area. The Central Graphic panel gives information about watersheds in general and depicts the larger watersheds of the United States. This is a museum quality exhibit designed to sit on a 6 foot table, and consists of the three panels described above.

    TABLE 3: Your Street Flows to the River

    "Your Street Flows to the River" (also known as "Table 3") consists of a central panel that provides information about urban runoff pollution and two interactive panels.  The interactive panels give examples of: (1) Some of the most common water pollutants that are the result of everyday activities in our own yard and driveway and (2) What to do with them in order to keep water clean in Minnesota. It is a museum quality exhibit designed to sit on a 6 foot table, and consists of three panels.

    YSCLR Easel: Your Street Connects to Lakes and Rivers

    "Your Street Connects to Lakes and Rivers" is a flat illustrated panel that sits on an easel with a PVC pipe.  It illustrates the connection between storm drains and lakes and rivers. People can interact with this display by rolling a ball from the "storm drain" on the picture down to the "river" (a small Tupperware container). Anyone who checks out this exhibit will need to purchase their own super balls. An accompanying user manual with presentation ideas is available for check-out.

    MULTIMEDIA: Watershed Education Kiosks

    Learn the story of water pollution from a frog! "Water Down the Drain" is an interactive, educational, computer program that introduces the causes of runoff pollution in urban settings. The program is available via two types of kiosks: (1) A tabletop iMac computer (2) A freestanding four-foot-tall kiosk "station." Irresistible Alex, a six-foot hip-hopping frog, introduces the causes of non-point runoff pollution in urban settings — as only a frog can! Six modules introduce a watershed landscape perspective and provide information about the impacts of impervious surfaces and pollution problems and solutions common to residential lots.  

    Freestanding Kiosk Information: Two to three people and a truck or van are needed to move and transport this kiosk. Unfortunately, CGEE staff are not able to assist in moving. The case and kiosk weigh approximately 150 pounds (75 pounds each). A dolly is provided. The "footprint" of the kiosk is three feet square and four feet tall. These kiosks need to be protected from weather and require a power source. An extension cord will most likely be needed, and is not provided.

    URBAN RUNOFF BANNER: Which Color Will Kids Be Coloring Lakes in the Future?

    This is a freestanding, retractable banner that describes urban runoff pollution and some solutions to the problem. It can be used as a visual display at events or conferences. The banner is 7 feet tall and 37 inches wide. The banner case is 41 inches tall, 12 inches wide and 4 inches in diameter.

    Exhibits for Use in Classrooms and Workshops

    1.  EnviroScapes

    Enviroscapes are interactive, portable, table-top models that demonstrate water pollution and its prevention in an urban environment. Enviroscape models are intended for use in classroom settings by people who are familiar with their use. 

    (a) The Enviroscape Wetlands Model is available using the online checkout system at the top of the page.  For a photo and description of this model, see this site describing the model for purchase:  Enviroscape Wetlands Model

    (b) The Enviroscape Nonpoint Source Model is available for check-out through the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. Contact Brian Goodspeed at 651-293-8414.  For a photo and description of this model, see this site describing the model for purchase: Enviroscape Nonpoint Source Model

     2. MS4 Toolkit

    This "toolkit" was designed for use by watershed educators.  It contains sample brochures, newsletter articles, posters, videos and more that teach about water resource issues. Many of the education materials are available for download on the Clean Water MN website, another project of the Metro Watershed Partners.

    To check exhibit availability, see the check-out calendar.  To reserve an exhibit, fill out the online exhibit request form on the check-out calendar page.

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