Stormwater Education Field Trip Incentive (SEFTI)

Approved Program List


Site: Wellfield Botanic Gardens

1011 N. Main Street, Elkhart, IN 46514

Contact: Melissa Kinsey, Environmental Educator

Email: m.kinsey@wellfieldgardens.org

Phone: 574-266-2006 ext. 106

Additional Costs: SEFTI covers transportation to Wellfield but there is a program cost as outlined below:

$60 for 10-30 students  ||  $100 for 31-50 students  ||  $150 for 51-75 students

Grade Level: Best suited for K-6, adaptable for all ages

Length of Program: Typically 2 hours, can be flexible

Number of Students: Groups of 75 or less preferred

Are trips weather dependent?: We like to have groups tour Wellfield in all types of weather, including rain and snow. Of course, if there’s lightning we’ll take proper safety precautions.

Programs:

The Wellfield is a working well field, with 13 active wells on site, and providing most of the drinking water for our community.  We offer educational programs for school students, private groups, lifelong learners and individuals of all ages. Our field trips focus primarily on water protection and environmental sustainability.  Specific programs include collection of macroinvertebrates from Wellfield ponds to determine pollution tolerance of the species identified, EnviroScape community water demonstrations to explain stormwater management, and nature hikes to explore the history of the well field and the value of clean water to all living things.

We also offer additional science-based programs specific to water to meet curriculum needs and interests of individual schools and groups. If you don’t find a program that will work on the list below, contact Melissa Kinsey.

 

The Four Seasons: Groups are invited to visit the Wellfield 4 times each year, once in each season. They will explore how water impacts everything in our natural environment as the seasons change.

Garden Safari: Students explore the connection between plants, animals, and water. They learn how ground water travels through different soil types and where living things find the water they need.

Round and Round We Go: Students examine and compare the different stages of the life cycles of plants and animals through collection of macroinvertebrates.


Site: Any Elkhart County Park

Ox Bow, Bonneyville Mill, Cobus Creek, River Preserve

Contact: Marlene Lantzer, Administrative Office, Elkhart County Parks

Email: parksinfo@elkhartcounty.com

Phone: 574-535-6458

Additional Costs: SEFTI covers transportation to any county park for these programs. There is a $2 per student charge payable to Elkhart County Parks.

Grade Level: Best suited for grades 1-6, can be adapted for older groups

Length of Program: Typically 60-90 minutes

Number of Students: 1 class per naturalist (depends on staff availability)

Are trips weather dependent?: Programs are presented rain or shine

Programs:

Wild About Wetlands: Students will find out why wetlands are important water resources, excellent stormwater buffers, and what animals and plants can be found there. Wetland dipping and exploration included!

Reptiles and Amphibians: Learn about local reptile and amphibian species, their life cycles, and how water quality and the health of their environment is crucial to their survival. Viewing and handling of live animals included!


Site: Elkhart Environmental Center

1717 E. Lusher Ave., Elkhart, IN 46516 

Contact: Annie Klehfoth, Environmental Program Coordinator

Email: annie.klehfoth@coei.org

Phone: 574-293-5070

Additional Costs: SEFTI covers transportation to the Elkhart Environmental Center.

There is a $2/student charge if school is inside the City of Elkhart; $3/student charge if outside the City of Elkhart payable to the Elkhart Environmental Center.

Grade Level: Best suited for grades 4-12

Length of Program: Typically 60-90 minutes

Number of Students: 1 class per naturalist (depends on staff availability)

Are trips weather dependent?: Programs are presented rain or shine

Programs:

Urban Water Conservation: Students will explore ways to conserve water in an urban landscape. Discussion on how much water is used indoors and how to conserve inside the house (stop drips, turn water off while brushing teeth, etc). Hands-on learning about outside urban conservation including rain barrels and rain gardens.