Community Outreach Programs

The Watershed Ecology Center is excited to offer the following Community Programs this year. Each presentation is available free of charge to your local community group, civic group, HOA, club or organization. To schedule a program, contact Beth Button at 864-503-5728 or email  bbutton@uscupstate.edu.

Know Your Watershed

We will use our hands-on model to learn all about a watershed, see how it works, what it does for you, how it can become polluted and how you can improve the condition of your local watershed.

Are they really green?

Do you ever wonder if the “green” products you purchase are really making a difference? We will review several products right off the shelf to see if they really live up to their claims. We will use our hands-on model to learn all about a watershed, see how it works, what it does for you, how it can become polluted and how you can improve the condition of your local watershed.

Storm Drain Marking

Your group will not only be educated about how pollution enters local water sources via storm drains, but will also take part in protecting a precious resource by marking near by storm drains. When disaster strikes, clean drinking water is often in high demand. Let’s make a plan for crisis readiness and put together an emergency kit of essentials to get you and your family through until help arrives.

Water Quality - Let's Check it Out

We will perform water quality tests from samples of local water; including tap water, well water, water from a creek and from a pond. Discussing the results, we will find what they tell about the water we drink. We will come to your creek or pond and together will conduct a chemical test to determine water quality; then we will go into the water in search of water quality indicator species of aquatic invertebrates.

Animals need water, too!

Allow us introduce you to some of the animals that we house at the Watershed Ecology Center. You will discover the special adaptations each one has that allow it to take full advantage of the water in their unique habitats. In this program we will discover the science behind cleaning up, well...behind man’s best friend as well as discover some very simple steps to keep your pet’s footprint on the environment small.

Compost 101

In this program we will discover what composting is, the science involved and how it can work for you. Then we will find the right composting option for you by discussing various composting methods.

Do you have what it takes?

When disaster strikes, clean drinking water is often in high demand. Let’s make a plan for crisis readiness and put together an emergency kit of essentials to get you and your family through until help arrives.

Where Does it Go from Here, Part One

Let’s find out how much impact your trash has on the landfill by using our hands-on model to follow trash from your house through the landfill. We will then present ways to reduce our landfill contributions.

Where Does it Go from Here, Part Two

Whether into a septic tank or a sewer system, all the water we use goes somewhere. Using a hands-on model we will see where it goes once it leaves your house and what you can do to keep it “going” well!

How green is your pet?

In this program we will discover the science behind cleaning up, well...behind man’s best friend as well as discover some very simple steps to keep your pet’s footprint on the environment small.

Conservation - you can do it!

Arm yourself with the knowledge and resources to conserve water. We will discuss home conservation methods, including rain barrels, drought resistant landscaping, water gardens and more.

Community Outreach Programs are available thanks in part to the following organizations for funding the Community Outreach Programs: Spartanburg County, Spartanburg Water, the City of Spartanburg, SJWD Water District (Duncan/Lyman), Blue Ridge Rural Water Company, Woodruff Roebuck Water District and private donors.