Public Education

The Panhandle Groundwater Conservation District is proud to participate in dozens of area events each year to promote water conservation education.  In 2011, we formed an unprecedented partnership with the City of Amarillo and have since forged new territory in our group education efforts.  Our public outreach increased by over 500% in one year and we’re eager to expand even further in 2017.

In addition to booths at numerous fairs, conventions and shows, our staff is available to visit your civic organization.  Please contact Britney Britten at 806-883-2501 if you would like to arrange a presentation.

5th Grade Education

Anita at NP Water Festival

Our 5th grade education program is designed to assist teachers as they teach students about water conservation, the water cycle, aquifer knowledge, playa lakes and sources of water. We also have an underground flow model to demonstrate what the aquifer looks like, how water flows beneath the Earth and how wells work. At the end of the presentation, students are given a water conservation kit in hopes that they will share their knowledge and practice water conservation at home.  Our 5th grade education program was established in 1999.


“Major Rivers” for District Fourth Graders

“Major Rivers” is a STAARs affiliated, seven lesson course that includes student workbooks, teacher lesson plans, fun and educational experiments, and take home pamphlets designed to be taught by the science teacher. “Major Rivers” and his horse, “Aquifer,” take students through lessons ranging from explaining the water cycle to the importance of water conservation.

The Major Rivers program is an excellent way for Texas water providers to do cost-effective water education outreach in their communities with a program that has a proven track record of acceptance by Texas educators.

We distribute the “Major Rivers” program to District fourth grade teachers annually to provide students with the opportunity to learn about water history and conservation

PGCD Scholarship Opportunity

The Panhandle Groundwater Conservation District established its scholarship program in 2002 and has since given away $126,000 to graduating District students. First place is awarded a $4,000 scholarship, second place receives $3,000 and third place $2,000. Each scholarship amount is broken up and paid out over four years.

Graduating seniors from the District (Armstrong, Carson, Donley, Gray, Potter, Roberts and Wheeler counties) are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Applicants must write a 500-1,000 word essay on the topic chosen by the District. Recipients are required to enroll as a full-time student, attend college the fall semester immediately following selection and maintain at least a 2.5 GPA at the college of their selection.

Applications and additional information can be found online at the Amarillo Area Foundation’s website:

For more information on any of our education programs please contact

Britney Britten at