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Free Outreach Programs

Free Programs from the City of Orlando

The Streets and Stormwater Division is available to visit your class, group or organization – at no cost!


For Students

Enviroscape Program

The EnviroScape is an interactive, hands-on educational and communication tool that is effective with all ages. This 3D model landscape illustrates possible sources of water pollution including residential, recreational, agricultural, industrial, and transportation areas across a watershed. With a highly engaging series of demonstrations, participants learn how their actions affect the water in a typical community. The Enviroscape model acts as a visual aide that accompanies a guided discussion, allowing a wide range of age groups and knowledge levels to take advantage of the program. The Enviroscape Program aligns with Florida Standards .

Program Goal:

Create behavior change to adopt Best Management Practices to help decrease or eliminate the learner’s contribution to stormwater pollution.

Learning Objectives:

Program participants will:

  • define watershed, stormwater, and runoff.
  • understand how urban development affects stormwater runoff.
  • identify sources of stormwater pollution, both from a community and individual perspective.
  • understand the cumulative impact of a watershed’s stormwater pollution on waterbodies.
  • identify actions to reduce stormwater pollution.

Suggested audience: Grade 1 through Adult.

Duration: 20 to 50 minutes.

All the Way to the Ocean Storybook Reading

This program includes a reading of All the Way to the Ocean by Joel Harper and hands-on activities that teach children how human actions link directly back to nature, with specific emphasis on stormwater pollution and lake ecosystems. The book reading program aligns with Florida Standards.

Suggested audience: Pre-kindergarten through Grade 2.

Duration: 20 to 50 minutes.


For Community Organizations

Lakes and Neighbors

Let stormwater and lake enhancement be the theme of your next group meeting! We will provide specific information about your neighborhood’s drainage basin and lake quality, potential flooding issues, and present suggestions for your group to improve or protect the health of your waterbody, including volunteer opportunities for storm drain sign installation and lake cleanups. Keep Orlando Beautiful will donate supplies for cleanups, and the City of Orlando will furnish storm drain signs!

Suggested audience: Neighborhood associations and civic organizations.

Duration: 15 to 30 minutes.

LakeWatch

Become trained on lake sampling for LakeWatch, a statewide program sponsored by University of Florida, and collect valuable data on water quality. Learn data collection techniques and volunteer your time (once per month) towards an effort that works to understand and improve Florida’s water bodies. Participation requires access to a boat, canoe or kayak.

Suggested audience: individuals who enjoy being out on the lake.

Duration: 2 hours.


Custom Programs

Custom programs for your audience are available in the following areas:

  • Lake Water Quality, Management, Sampling and Habitat Improvement
  • Stormwater Runoff and Pollution
  • Illicit Discharge Prevention

These programs are perfect for your classroom, after school program, scout group, camp, club, volunteer organization, neighborhood association, or business within the City of Orlando.

Contact Kristen Sims, Public Awareness Specialist, Streets and Stormwater Division at 407.246.2257 or kristen.sims@cityoforlando.net for more information and to reserve your date. 

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