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Rochester Water Primer & Curriculum

The Rochester Water Primer is a learning resource that compiles locally relevant information about the basic elements of Rochester's water resources. Covered topics include: natural water features, Rochester's water history, local geology, groundwater resources, storm water management, and wastewater treatment. Everyone from teachers to students to elected officials to residents can learn about benefit from this resource.

In 2018, the City of Rochester developed a companion curriculum for the Rochester Water Primer as a resource for teachers to bring the lessons into area classrooms.

Rain Garden Curriculum

Teachers have the opportunity to explore the water cycle, stormwater management, and the wonders of rain gardens with guidance from the Elementary & Middle School Rain Garden Curricula developed by the City of Rochester. All lessons are tied to current Minnesota Teaching Standards (as of August 2013).

Request a speaker for your classroom or youth group

Invite a City staff member to your classroom or upcoming youth group gathering to learn how we are connected to waterways. Presentations can be tailored to the audience and can range from 15 minutes to an hour.  

Field Trips 

Learn more about our Urban Water Cycle field trip to increase your students familiarity with how our built environments interact with the water cycle.  Visit a water tower, the water reclamation plant, and cascade meadow on this trip with staff provided to lead your group at each site.

Take A Hike

Get outside to see stormwater management practices for yourself! These interpretive trails and exhibits highlight stormwater best management practices and interesting facets of Rochester's water history.