Fundraising Opportunities

We provide a number of Educational Programs that are available for support or sponsorship.

Karston, Our Texas Blind Salamander
Karston, named after our karst aquifer, is a loveable, larger-than-life-sized Texas Blind Salamander who promotes good will and raises awareness of the Edwards Aquifer and its endangered and threatened species. Karston’s e-book "Little Karston, Big Helper" teaches young children that little actions can make a big difference when we all do our part conserving water.
When available, Karston enjoys coming out to visit kindergarten and first grade classes accompanied by an EAA education team member. He also likes to make guess appearances at community events throughout the region in support of aquifer conservation and preservation.

Water Conservation
Kindergarten & 1st Grade
This presentation of our online e-book and sing-along song teaches young students the concepts of saving water. Additionally, when available, Karston, our loveable, huggable, Texas Blind Salamander can make an appearance.

AquiFriends
2nd & 3rd Grades
An AquiFriend takes eager students on a journey through the three zones of the aquifer while AquiAgents, threatened/endangered species of the Edwards Aquifer, report on their environmental conditions and the importance of water conservation. A list of the specifics TEKS addressed is available upon request.

About the Aquifer
4th – 8th Grades
EAA staff members provide informative presentations regarding the Edwards Aquifer, including water conservation, geological facts, and an overview of how the Edwards Aquifer works through an explanation of the drainage area, recharge zone, and artesian zone.

Career and Science Days
4th – 12th Grades
Presenters discuss the importance of the Edwards Aquifer, the role of the EAA, and describe their job as it pertains to the management and protection of aquifer. They will also include their educational and professional backgrounds.

Learning Lab
Homeschool & GT Classes
Students and educators can come and explore our realistic, in-door cave while discussing the aquifer’s geological make-up, size, and location. Other lessons include the manner of recharge and discharge to and from the aquifer and learn about the endangered species who live there.

Hydrogeology
High School & College
Discover the unique geology of the Edwards Aquifer - sandwiched between the Glen Rose formation below and the Del Rio Clay formation above. Learn about groundwater movement and what makes the aquifer vulnerable to contamination.

Numerical Computer Modeling
High School & College
Presenters explain how they develop mathematical, statistical, and computer models that can calculate the inflows, outflows, and storage capacity within the aquifer. Once the past is accurately simulated, the models can then predict how the aquifer might respond in the future when certain resource management actions are applied.

Endangered Species of the Edwards Aquifer
High School & College
Students will learn what an endangered species is, basic principles of the Endangered Species Act, and how to identify the Endangered Species of the Edwards Aquifer. Specifically, staff will utilize pictures or specimens of the endangered Edwards species to highlight the importance of the Endangered Species Act, the Habitat Conservation Program and resource protection.

The EAA Act
High School & College
Presenters will discuss the role of the EAA in regional water planning (both locally and statewide) as well as the permitting system on which all EAA policy decisions rely—including the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan.

Additional Funding Opportunities

PROJECT 1 - Pop-Up Education Lounge—Complete Mobile Unit
Pop-up units come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be customized easily. Trailer based units are the simplest to setup and a commercial driver’s license is not required to transport them. The example below can even provide shade and hydration in the warm spring and hot summer months.
 
Our idea is to design this model to be an all-in-one aquifer experience—complete with karst-like features such as stalactites and stalagmites and flow stone table top coverings. We would also include a mobile screen and/or multiple TV’s to stream live events or showcase panoramic Edwards Aquifer-related content and videos.

PROJECT 2 - Active Immersive Experience—Portable Curved/Angled Wall
The goal of this is to get a person to complete a series of tasks while they are immersed in the Edwards Aquifer. Responsive user controls would be integrated with the system. This option offers a shared experience between user and spectators.

PROJECT 3 - Freestanding Mobile Photo booth
Users can either text or touch the screen to begin the photo booth.  They can choose from a few Edwards Aquifer-related backgrounds and begin the countdown. The booth, exterior and screen graphics as well as the image overlays can all be modified easily.