Lt. Governor, NBA Legend, and NASA Astronaut to Open Upcoming Global Water Education Conference Sponsored by Project WET Foundation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MAY 28, 2014

Contact: Nicole Rosenleaf Ritter | Communications Manager | Project WET Foundation | (p) 406-585-4115 | (m) 406-570-9540

Montana Lt. Governor Angela McLean, speaker at Sustaining the Blue PlanetBOZEMAN, Mont. — Montana Lt. Governor Angela McLean, the National Board Certified Teacher who traded her classroom for the capitol earlier this year, will address participants at the opening luncheon of the Sustaining the Blue Planet Global Water Education conference next month at Big Sky Resort in Montana. McLean’s remarks will precede the conference keynote, which NBA Legend and water education advocate Harvey Catchings will present. NASA Astronaut Ricky Arnold will introduce Catchings and speak later on technology and water education during the June 24th to 27th conference.

The opening speakers will kick off four days of interactive water education discussion, with more than 60 presenters scheduled. Participants will come together for two expert panels—one on gender and water and the other on technology in water education—as well as for topic table discussions, networking events and poster sessions.  A barbecue and silent auction on Thursday, June 26th, will benefit the water, sanitation and hygiene education work that Project WET and The Traveling School, another Montana nonprofit, are conducting together in Latin America and Africa. New NASA teaching tools developed by Project WET will be launched during the conference as well.

Sustaining the Blue Planet Global Water Education Conference“Sustaining the Blue Planet conference participants represent a wide cross-section of water and education interests, from school and community educators to corporate water managers and leaders of water NGOs,” said Dennis Nelson, the president and CEO of Project WET.

“The conference’s opening speakers also represent a real diversity of experience. Lt. Governor McLean’s years as an educator both in and out of the classroom, Harvey Catching’s use of his stature as a retired NBA player to promote water and health in the United States and around the world, and Ricky Arnold’s global view of water as a NASA astronaut will give real-world examples of how education can positively impact the future of water,” Nelson said.

Field tours in Yellowstone National Park as well as recreational activities such as horseback riding and whitewater rafting will allow participants to get out of the conference room and into Montana’s impressive outdoors. Informal activities including nature walks and water-sector interest dinners are also on offer.

Space is still available at the conference for participants, exhibitors and sponsors. To learn more about Sustaining the Blue Planet, visit the conference website.

About the Project WET Foundation: Since 1984, the Project WET Foundation (http://www.projectwet.org) has been dedicated to reaching children, parents, teachers and community members with action-oriented water education to enable every child to understand and value water, ensuring a sustainable future. Project WET ("WET" stands for "Water Education for Teachers") is active in all 50 U.S. states and more than 65 countries worldwide.

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