For 25 years, the Alliance has been connecting kids to the river (~14,000 annually), teaching them about natural resources through programs like our Redbud Field Trip and the Mobile River. Due to COVID-19, students are currently unable to learn directly in their classrooms, but it remains important for our future leaders to gain a meaningful education.

This page includes our educational programs translated into a digital format for teachers and parents to utilize. It also includes some local links for providing or receiving help during these uncertain times. More educational resources will be added in the coming weeks, so check back! If you’d like to support our mission during this time, and keep these water science resources coming, please click here to donate today.

We’re excited to offer Zoom-based virtual field trips for students all over the Texas Colorado River Basin this school year! Each topic is a 30-minute interactive demonstration and discussion at no cost to teachers or schools. You can mix and match as many topics as you want! We are offering the following topics for online classes:

  • Water Conservation: How can we efficiently use water for cities, industries, agriculture, and the environment? We will cover common uses of Texas water and how to reduce our use—you may be using more water than you think!
  • Watersheds: Where does water go after it falls to the ground? We will discuss runoff, infiltration, aquifers, and the effects of point source and non-point source pollution in our very own Texas Colorado River Watershed.
  • Texas Colorado River: Why is the Texas Colorado River important to Central Texans and how does it impact our everyday lives? In this presentation, we will discuss the history and geography of the river, the role of the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) and Highland Lakes & Dams system, and our drinking water.

Educators must use their own Zoom account to set up and moderate the lessons. If you are interested in scheduling a presentation, please fill out this form.

Educational Resources

Redbud Field Trip Materials:
3rd – 5th graders

Activity Guide #1 – The Texas Colorado River:

(PDF version, Powerpoint version, en Español)

Activity Guide #2 – Watersheds:

(PDF version, Powerpoint version, en Español)

Activity Guide #3 – Water Conservation:

(PDF version, Powerpoint version, en Español)

Answer key: (PDF version, Powerpoint version)

Redbud Program Videos:
3rd – 5th-graders
Mobile River Program:

Webquest #1 – Ecoregions:

(Word Version, PDF Version, En Español)

Webquest #2 – Runoff & Infiltration:

(Word Version, PDF Version, En Español)

Webquest #3 – Water Conservation:

(Word Version, PDF Version, En Español)

Webquest #4 – Water Savers:

(Word Version, PDF Version, En Español)

Mobile River Program Videos:

Do you have a question about water science or about our Texas Colorado River? Submit them here and check our Facebook for a video response!

Parent Resources

Colorado River Alliance Fun

Colorado River Crossword Puzzle (Middle School age-level)

Texas 2040 Game (Middle School age-level)

Colorado River Wordsearch & Crossword (Elementary school age-level)

Water Conservation Bingo (all ages!)

Water Cycle Bracelets (all ages!)

Family Clean-up Activity (all ages!)

Zoom Backgrounds

Right-click to open the image in another page, then download to use as your Zoom background!