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 2018.

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


 Educational Presentations

Our educational presentations 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. Our 5th grade education program was established in 1999.


“Major Rivers” for District Fourth Graders


“Major Rivers” is a STAAR 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.


For more information on any of our education programs please contact
Payton Holtkamp at or Call 806-883-2501 


The Panhandle Groundwater Conservation District will strive to develop, promote and implement water conservation, augmentation and management strategies to protect water resources for the benefit of the citizens, economy, and environment of the District.



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