Welcome to Waters Ecology

“We have completed our Fall Field Ecology Schedule: 17 trips into the Wild! We had beautiful weather and tremendous parent and volunteer help. Parent leaders, caring for kids, but also exploring and learning alongside them, are essential to the Ecology Program paradigm: a learning community out in the world to change the world.


Over the next few weeks, I will be visiting classrooms to review what the students learned on their trips: analyzing water quality data with 6th grade, tabulating and evaluating our habitat fragmentation simulation game with the 5th grade, etc. I will be bringing classes (especially 8th grade) out to the garden for stewardship and culinary activities. The Fall Harvest Fest event fed 300 students our homegrown organic potatoes and spiced apple cider, and I shared this story with them:

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I will also try to update all the grade-level activities listed on this page, below.

Mr. Leki”

Below you can watch the video we made in May of 2021 that explains Waters Ecology program and its history.

The links below are still here from last school year when Mr. Leki took ecology online.

These link above go to the weekly lessons Mr. Leki used online, including video links, maps, and other resources. We’ve been hearing from parents that their children love to sing the songs and are watching the videos more than once to learn them. We’ve also heard that some waters alumni have found the videos and are enjoying them too. We love that!

If you like our work, please become a supporter of Waters Ecology, by donating to and typing “in honor of Waters Ecology” Here’s the link Donations raised by Waters Today for the ecology program fund Mr. Leki’s position as Ecology Director.

Many people have donated their time, skills, and creative talent…

Thanks to our computer wizard Clayton Miller for building us a computer out of donated parts thru FreeGeek and then spending hours getting it all set up and working.

Thank you to computer gurus Bill Keller and Kevin Anderson for the computer advice and support over the years.

Thank you to Jeremy Atherton for loaning audio equipment, camera advice, and sharing music for soundtracks.

Music has also been shared with us for soundtracks by many including Andy Mitran, Pete Leki, Jeff Burris, Pete Leki, Poppy Brandes, Dylan S, Jeremy Atherton, and more.

We have many to thank for allowing us to interview them including

Leslie Borns, Steward of Montrose Point

Cordia Pugh, founder and director of the Hermitage Community Garden and Englewood Veteran’s Garden

Andrea Dennis, of Friends of the Parks

Juan Gonzalez of Drummond Montessorri

Annette Aragon, Waters Alumni, co-founder of Israel’s Gift of Hope, filmmaker, current videographer, and former Waters Ecology Media Lab member.

Marnie Ware of Prosser Community Garden at Prosser High School, CPS.

We have many to thank for contributing photographs and video footage including:

Roark Johnson, photographer

Bob Dolgan, filmmaker of Monty and Rose, about the endangered Piping Plover at Montrose Point

Alan Shortall, photographer, aerial videographer

Rogelio Gamez, photographer, for video footage

McAvoy family (Riverbank Neighbors!)

Clayton Miller, photographer.

Annette Aragon, videographer. (waters alumni)

The ecology lessons, art, and so very many songs are by Pete Leki.

And of course a big thank you to all the dedicated, hardworking, and treasured people who were part of each beautiful moment.