Karston, our lovable Texas Blind Salamander, introduces water concepts using chants, games, songs, and stories. Online e-readers teach students how to conserve water at home and in their communities, while the Karston & Friends presentation introduces them to additional endangered species of the Edwards Aquifer. Current program resources are found on our website. When available, our huggable Karston mascot enjoys coming to visit as well.
An EAA AquiFriend takes eager students on a virtual journey through the three zones of the aquifer system while they learn about the endangered species of the Edwards Aquifer. This program creatively engages students by combining technology with audience participation. Students gain a new awareness of the various aspects of water including hydrology, geology, and the importance of water conservation.
Students will travel back 100 million years ago—when the Edwards Aquifer was first created. From the geology of the Edwards Aquifer to the physics of moving water, they will explore this unique resource and understand our dependence on clean, fresh water. A brief overview of the unique species that live in the aquifer today, will also be included.
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.
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.
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.