There are many ways that educators and students can be good environmental stewards! Teachers are welcome to contact the Save the Rain team to discuss ways that they can incorporate information about green infrastructure and litter prevention in their classrooms. The Save the Rain team is also happy to come speak to your class! The best way to learn about green infrastructure is to see it first hand – consider taking your class on a field trip to one of the over 200 projects that Save the Rain has installed throughout the community. Planning a litter cleanup around your school offers another great hands on opportunity.

In addition, the Save the Rain program has partnered with schools in Onondaga County to provide in-classroom education about green infrastructure and the restoration of Onondaga Lake to school students at all grade levels. Save the Rain provides an educator that leads children through a 45 minute interactive presentation catered to their age group. The students then end the lesson by playing a game of “Save the Rain Jeopardy” complete with prizes.

Many of our local schools have chosen to install green infrastructure! Save the Rain partnered with the Syracuse City School District to add green infrastructure during school renovation projects, including Seymour Elementary, Dr. Weeks Elementary, Hughes Magnet School, and the Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central. Each year, the Save the Rain team also leads an Arbor Day tree planting event at a local school. Give us a call to talk about ways to get involved in the program, discuss what plants to use for a rain garden or to request a free rain barrel!

Save the Rain also hosts an annual Rain Barrel Art Contest! Students from our Elementary, Junior High and High Schools design their own rain barrel art and the chosen finalists have the opportunity to make their design a reality by painting a barrel! Members of the community then vote to select their favorite barrel in each age category.

The Department of Water Environment Protection hosts a large educational event each September! This Clean Water Fair allows members of the community to take a full tour of the Metro Treatment Plant and learn how a wastewater treatment plant operates. The Clean Water Fair also offers family friendly activities, green infrastructure displays, wildlife from Onondaga Lake and much more!

One of the most exciting Save the Rain programs related to schools is our partnership with Baltimore Woods Nature Center. Baltimore Woods offers the Nature in the City program to students in the Syracuse City School District (SCSD). Save the Rain helps to fund the third grade program. In 2019, the third grade Nature in the City program was delivered to all 19 elementary schools in the SCSD. This program featured three different lessons: Save the Rain, Creatures of the Deep and a hands on field trip lesson – Green Infrastructure Visit and Stream Exploration at Elmwood Park.

If you would like to have a Save the Rain educator come to your classroom for a presentation please contact Jed Walsh at or 315-435-5402.