Testing the Waters

Linking Students and Water through Technology

Creating watershed stewards

Testing the Waters(TTW) is an environmental education program that trains high school students using real-world science and the investigation of the Milwaukee River watershed. Through this program, students receive the training and tools they need to study biological principles, practice hands-on management skills, and explore the human impact on their local ecosystem. 


A Legacy of Innovation

Years of Investigation

The TTW program has been running since its inception in 1989.

Students Reached

Thousands of students and over 120 teachers have participated in the TTW program.

Participating Schools

Highschools have particpated from seven counties throughout Southeast Wisconsin.

With Opportunities for Connection


Professional Development   

Up to $300 available per teacher, per session and focused on a variety of water-relevant topics.


Spring and/or Fall Testing

Up to $500 available per classroom or teacher for fall training and field-based data collection.

High School Group at Riveredge

Student-led Stewardship

Up to $500 available per classroom or teacher for service learning projects.


Have more questions?

Contact Mary Holleback, Riveredge Nature Center, 262-375-2715 or mholleback@riveredge.us

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