Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute (KWRRI)


The KWRRI supports several educational programs that focus on water and water-related environmental issues. These include:

Teacher Resources

Teacher Resources for Water Science: Water Cycle, Activity Center, Water Properties, and stories.

Watercycle for Kids and Students: versions beginner, intermediate, advanced.


Kentucky Forestry and Entomology Leadership

The Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute assists with the development of curriculum and participates as an instructor for students interested in Natural Resources across the state.

Learn more about the Kentucky Forestry and Entomology Leadership Program.

Kentucky River Watershed Watch

Kentucky River Watershed Watch is a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization formed in 1997 through the cooperation of the Sierra Club, the Kentucky Waterways Alliance, and the Division of Water's Water Watch program. Its membership focuses water quality monitoring and improvement efforts within the Kentucky River Basin. The basin extends over much of the central and eastern portions of the state and is home to approximately 710,000 Kentuckians. The watershed includes all or parts of 42 counties and drains over 7,000 square miles, with a tributary network of more than 15,000 miles.

Learn more about Watershed Watch.

Kentucky Environmental Protection Scholarship

The Environmental Protection Scholarship is administered through the Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute and funded by the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection. The objectives of the program are to promote environmental education at the undergraduate and graduate level in the state universities, and assist the state's environmental protection agencies in their efforts to hire the best graduates available for their professional staff.

KY DEP Scholarship Program Website

Water Pioneers Commonwealth Collaborative Program

Water Pioneers provides Robinson Scholars (high school students) with experiences and curriculum for in-depth study of an Appalachian watershed. The students use this knowledge to partner with East Kentucky PRIDE educators, Kentucky Water Watch volunteers, and other interested local groups to increase awareness of Best Management Practices for water quality in their respective counties.

Learn more about the Water Pioneers.

Kentucky Project Wet Steering Committee

Staff representatives of the Kentucky Water Resources Research Instititute serve on the Project Wet steering committee, addressing the concerns, issues, and implementation of the national curriculum Project WET. For more information contact Malissa McAlister.


Many KWRRI education programs emerge from partnerships with other UK entities