The Watershed Game

The Watershed Game, developed by Northland NEMO and the Unviersity of Minnesota, is an interactive tool that helps individuals understand the connection between land use and water quality.  Participants learn how a variety of land uses impact water and natural resources, increase their knowledge of best management practices (BMPs), and learn how their choices can prevent adverse impacts.  Participants apply plans, practices, and policies that help them achieve a water quality goal for a stream, lake, or river.

The Watershed Game is available in two versions.  The STREAM version addresses an entire headwaters watershed and the land uses often found in it.  The LAKE version is the newest addition to the Watershed Game focusing on the land uses surrounding a typical lake.


For maximum effectiveness, we recommend scheduling at least 1 hour for the Watershed Game, depending on the amount of participants. This allows for a short introduction, 45 minutes of simulation or play, and follow-up discussions, presentations, and connections to local resources to encourage action.  Often the Watershed Game is used as a component of a larger educational program, however, it can be an effective stand-alone program.


Intended Audience

The Watershed Game was designed for use with elected and appointed officials, community leaders, watershed organizations, lake associations, and other adult audiences who have a role in developing plans, applying practices, or adopting policies integral to water resource management. Future adaptations may be made for student audiences.

For more information or to schedule a Watershed Game at no cost, contact Laura Killian at (802) 859-3086 ext. 340.