Thank you for considering the San Antonio River Authority for your educational needs. We appreciate the opportunity, and we value your requests to provide watershed education in the San Antonio community. Our presentation and programming calendar is full for this Spring, and we are currently scheduling requests for July 1, 2015 and beyond.

Thank you for considering SARA for your education and presentation needs. Whether you represent a gardening club or an elementary school, we look forward to working with you on providing information about the San Antonio River. All presentations are free, and they are booked on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please plan ahead and have multiple dates available. Presentation length can be varied for your needs from 30 to 60 minutes.

For classroom presentations or field trips: SARA's Education Department offers a variety of classroom presentation topics and field trip opportunities from which teachers can select. For field trips, teachers must arrange their own transportation and meals for their students. Teachers are expected to be a part of the experience with classroom supervision and direction. TEKS alignments for all presentations are available upon request.

Presentation Topics & Request

Classroom Presentation?
Community Organization Presentation?
Field Trip?

1st Grade
2nd Grade
3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th Grade
Middle School
High School
Community Organization

Be Watershed Wise – Our most popular presentation that is appropriate for grades K-12 groups. This TEKS aligned, interactive, hands-on lesson addresses the geography of the river, landforms, watersheds, nonpoint source pollution, and take home actions that can protect water resources.

Career Day – SARA employees discuss the various opportunities that SARA has to offer in the career field and discuss what skills a person needs to join the agency.

Erosion – Specifically aligned for 5th grade TEKS, this interactive, hands-on lesson provides information on water erosion, watersheds, runoff, weathering, and human actions that can increase or decrease erosion along the San Antonio River.

Rain Gardens and Low Impact Development (LID) – This presentation discusses strategies that homeowners can implement to slow down, spread out, and soak up stormwater on their property before it travels to the street where it picks up pollutants before draining into our creeks and rivers. These solutions are great water conservation and money savers, too. To learn more about LID go to:

Roots in the River – This 2.5 hour field trip to the Witte Museum for 4th or 5th grade students integrates topics on riparian zones, cultural anthropology, and human impacts around the San Antonio River. Partial transportation scholarship and full admission is paid for by the San Antonio River Authority for Title-1 funded schools within SARA’s district. Group size is limited to 28 students. Inquire for more details.

San Antonio Bay and Estuaries – Acceptable for any level of student, this lesson discusses the area at mouth of the San Antonio River. TEKS aligned topics include the ecosystem, Whooping Cranes, human impacts, and how SARA scientists research the health and viability of the San Antonio Bay.

San Antonio River Improvements Project – Popular with adults and university students, this presentation provides a history and overview of the San Antonio River Improvement Projects, with topics such as the area’s settlement, flood control, river channelization, watershed management, ecosystem restoration, and river recreation.

Field Trip — Opportunities for this field trip encompasses topics such as riparian ecosystems, ecosystem restoration, human impacts, and recreation.

Confluence Park – Learn more about Confluence Park educational opportunities.

Tours — SARA offers walking tours of the Mission Reach, Museum Reach, or our Water Treatment Plant Facility. If your group members are interested in scheduling a Tour, please specify which one in the “Comments” field below.

Other Presentation Topics — If you do not see a San Antonio River related topic that might be of interest to you, please feel free to contact us with your thoughts.

SARA Educators would like to work with your students in class-sized groups of approximately 28 students or less to maximize learning outcomes. We are happy to stay for multiple classes.

Thank you for your consideration. We hope to work with you soon!