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We want students to complete the day with a firm grounding in the basic water science and policy issues of central Texas. We also want to inspire students to consider careers in the environmental sciences and environmental sustainability. In order to facilitate incorporating Barton Springs University into your teaching plan for the semester, we are providing pre and post-trip teaching resources. The pre-trip teaching resources include background information on Barton Springs and the Edwards Aquifer, maps of the Edwards Aquifer and Austin watersheds, and videos related to the flow of water through the aquifer. At the event, students will receive handbooks containing information that they learned during the day including suggestions for further writing, discussion, and exploration.

Introduction to Barton Springs and the Edwards Aquifer

More Info on Edwards Aquifer:

Intro to Barton Springs:


Edwards Aquifer Contributing, Recharge, and Transition Zones:

Austin Watersheds: “Find Your Watershed”:

Austin Underground playlist (includes videos on geology, hydrogeology, salamanders, and water quality):

Edwards Aquifer Sinkhole:

Flint Ridge Cave Sinkhole:

Inside an Edwards Aquifer Well:

Barton Springs Fault at Main Spring:

Barton Springs Underwater Footage:


Teachers Who Wish to Participate with their Students

In order to facilitate your class’s trip to Barton Springs University, we are offering assistance with busing and providing lunch for all classes that sign up before the event. Please contact Thales Smith at to discuss the logistics of bringing your students to the event.

We’d like to know how many students you plan to bring, when you plan to be at the event, and whether you’d like assistance with transportation. The event is free, and Barton Springs Pool is free until 2pm that day. If you submit your email address in the form below, please indicate in the comments box that you are a teacher. Thanks!