Resources for Educators

Borrow Equipment from GSWA:

The following resources are available for educators to borrow from GSWA for a short period of time. There is no fixed charge to borrow this equipment, however a donation to offset the costs to maintain the equipment and replenish the supplies is appreciated. Duration of a loan can vary based on your needs and the needs of GSWA. Prior to borrowing equipment, you will be asked to complete an equipment loan form. For more information or to arrange to borrow equipment, please contact GSWA’s director of water quality programs, Sandra LaVigne, at, or GSWA’s director of education and outreach, Hazel England, at Alternatively, you can contact us by phone at 973-538-3500.

Collection of preserved macroinvertebrates
Basic Water Testing Kits
Enviroscape Watershed Model

School Visit by GSWA Staff

GSWA staff can visit your school or homeschool group (with all necessary supplies and equipment). We are homeschool friendly and can customize a program based on your students’ ages and grades. During a school visit, we offer the following programs:

SWaMP Water Quality Monitoring – Grades 9 - College
Watershed Model Presentation – Grades K - College
Pond Dip – Grades K - 5
Macroinvertebrate Survey – Grades 6 - College
Post-AP Project – Grades 11 – 12
Field Trip on Wetlands Ecology and Hydrology – Grades 11 - College

Lesson Plans for the Great Swamp and Passaic River Watersheds

The following lesson plans, data sheets, and resources are available to use.

Data Sheets for water chemistry monitoring, visual stream assessment, and macroinvertebrate monitoring
GSWA Educator’s Guide
AP Environmental Science Water Resources Review

Lesson Plans for Any NJ Watershed

World Water Monitoring Challenge Lesson Plans
NJ WATERS by NJ Audubon – Grades K-12

Data Sources

Are you interested in using real data in your classroom? These are some great sources of water quality data:

GSWA’s SWaMP Program
World Water Monitoring Challenge
NJ GeoWeb
NASA Earth Observations

Free Resources

Downloadable macroinvertebrate identification cards
Dichotomous key to identify macroinvertebrates from the NJ WATERS curriculum guide
Dichotomous key to identify macroinvertebrates from Stroud Water Research Center in English
Dichotomous key to identify macroinvertebrates from Stroud Water Research Center in Spanish
NJDEP Water Education and Outreach Resources
The Effects of Pollution

Want to Own Your Own Supplies?

The following curriculum guides and stream monitoring equipment have been used by GSWA with students.

Water Monitoring Kits