“… one of the most powerful learning experiences of its kind”
“My 7-year old would not leave…”
“Many people had no idea that what we do really does impact water, but this exhibit changed that.”
A Watershed Experience
Water’s Extreme Journey takes visitors on an exciting and important quest for clean water. Through powerful interactives and local messaging, visitors realize that daily decisions can immediately improve the watershed in their own backyard.
Water’s Extreme Journey
Immerse Yourself in the Story
Transform into a drop of water. Try to stay clean and reach a healthy ocean.
How Much Water?
70% of the earth is covered by water. Less than 1% is available for drinking. Every drop is precious.
Water Cycle Puzzle
Create your own water journey – into a whale, onto a leaf, down a drain. It’s up to you!
Become a Water Drop
Get into character and begin your adventure!
Ride the Watershed Monorail
Drop into a mountain stream and start your journey to a clean ocean.
Human Impact Wheels!
You can’t go far without running into humans. Spin the wheel to see what happens to you.
Each wheel contains 5 clean and 5 dirty human activities.
Landing on a clean activity points you toward the next watershed.
Landing on a dirty activity points you down a storm drain…
…and into an Unhealthy Ocean
Oh no! You got dirty. But it doesn’t need to end this way.
Return to the start and try again.
Direct you through the water cycle on your journey to a healthy ocean.
Next Stop Home Sweet Home
Can you find 10 places to save and protect water?
Actions Heavy on the Planet
The average U.S. citizen throws out 28 pounds of garbage each week!
Lighten the Load
But after you recycle and compost, you may feel a big difference!
The Dirty Dozen
Explore the top 12 pollutants invading our oceans.
Get Filtered in a Wetland
A trip through wetland grasses gets you cleaned up, naturally.
If fish populations returned to 1960 levels would that be healthy? How about 1930 levels? Learn how our baselines keep shifting.
Spin and search for animals that live in each watershed and depend on clean water.
Connect with Visitors
Customize wildlife for your area to share local conservation stories.
Or redesign the watershed panels to match your local watershed.
Swim with the dolphins and snap a photo!
You’ve made it to the healthy ocean by learning ways to stay clean!
Clean Water Commitment
Make a pledge to conserve and protect water. Every action helps.
The cumulative impact of visitor commitments are recorded and shown, demonstrating the positive impact each of us can make.
Spritz a watershed model and see how our actions impact communal waters.
Art in Action
Write a letter or draw a picture in support of clean water. Drop it in the mailbox to be shared with local representatives.
Color a tile and do your part to create a beautiful clean watershed, working together for a common goal.
Host this adventure indoors or outside.
Lawrence Hall of Science, CA
Sloan Museum, Flint, MI
New York Aquarium, NY
Little Rock Zoo, AR
High Desert Museum, OR
Delaware Museum of Natural History
Harbor History Museum, WA
EdVenture Children’s Museum, SC
Saskatchewan Science Centre
Turtle Bay Exploration Park, CA
San Francisco Zoo, CA
Sci-Tech Discovery Center, TX
The Health Museum, TX
Western Heritage, NM
Ty Warner Sea Life Center, CA
Hands On! Museum, TN
Kauai Children’s Discovery Museum, HI
The Wildlife Experience, Parker, CO
Woodland Park Zoo, WA
Del Mar Fair, San Diego, CA
North Carolina Aquarium – Roanoke
South Florida Fair
Kentucky Gateway Museum Center
Pacific Science Center
Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Gateway Science Museum, Chico, CA
A portion of exhibit rental proceeds benefit the Wyland Foundation to support ongoing programs.