ADV – The Watershed Game Train-the-Trainer Workshop

WaterThe Watershed Game Train-the-Trainer Workshop: An invitation to seasoned facilitators and to new individuals who want to learn how to use and facilitate the Watershed Game for your own water and land educational programming.

Join us to advance your skills and learn about the new 2018 revisions of the Watershed Game at one of the locations below:

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm at:

University Research and Outreach Center

2001 Plymouth Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55411

*Time subject to slight changes that may result in the workshop starting later and ending earlier.  Registered participants will be notified in the next few weeks.

Friday, June 1, 2018 from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm at:

Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve

3 Marina Drive, Superior, WI 54880

*Time subject to slight changes that may result in the workshop starting later and ending earlier.  Registered participants will be notified in the next few weeks.

Registration:  $45.00

Participants must register online by May 25th at:

Registration includes a light breakfast, lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

Workshop features:

  • Debut of the new 2018 revisions to the Watershed Game that create an even more effective experience for participants and help facilitators to more easily lead the exercise.
    • All new instructions and guides for Game facilitators.
    • New tools for use with local leaders including new Unanticipated Events that introduce concepts such as climate change and water policies that can impact Game play and work towards a clean water goal.
  • Learn how to use the Watershed Game for Local Leaders including the use of the Lake, Stream, and River models and the Classroom Version for youth in grades 7-12.
    • Including new Student Worksheets, student team Role Cards and revised instructions that shorten play time.
  • Network with current Game facilitators and share ideas about how the Game is being used in communities and across watersheds to create dialogue, increase knowledge of water management principles and concepts, and is leading to changes in behavior and action.

Who should attend:

  • Individuals interested in learning how to use the Watershed Game for Local Leaders.
  • Teachers and informal educators who want to learn how to use or foster the use of the Classroom Version for middle to high school students.
  • Seasoned (previously trained) Watershed Game Facilitators – come and refresh your skills.

About the Watershed Game (WSG): The Watershed Game is an active, hands-on simulation that helps groups learn how land use impacts water quality and natural resources. While making management choices about land use, participants learn about practices, plans, and policies that improve and protect the quality of a stream, lake or river. The object of this team-building simulation is to use limited financial resources to reduce excess sediment and/or phosphorus to levels that meet a clean water goal. The Game illustrates that cooperation is an essential part of managing water and land use. Participants learn to consider and involve all land uses within a watershed as they work to achieve their clean water goals. 

The Watershed Game is available in four versions. The Stream, Lake, and River models for Local Leaders are used with elected and appointed officials, community leaders, business leaders, and citizens.  The Stream Version addresses an entire headwaters watershed and the land uses often found in it. The River Version addresses the land uses associated with large river systems and urban areas. The Lake Version focuses on the land uses surrounding a typical lake.  The Classroom Version is an adaptation of the Stream Version for use with middle to high school youth audiences.  The Watershed Game is a program, curriculum and resource developed and published by the University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program and University of Minnesota Extension.

Learn more about the WSG by reviewing the information guide and visiting the website at

For questions about the Game or the training, contact one of the following:

John Bilotta, Extension Educator   |  612-624-7708  | 

Cynthia Hagley, Extension Educator  |  218-726-8713  |