"Project WET in South Dakota is housed in the South Dakota Discovery Center, a hands on science center, and is supported in part through a 319 Information and Education grant from the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
Since our funding comes from EPA watershed protection funds, South Dakota Project WET workshops include activities like Incredible Journey, Seeing Watersheds, Springing into Action and Get the Groundwater Picture, Macroinvertebrate Mayhem and Water Quality? Ask the Bugs! These activities teach the essential concepts of watersheds and are vital in developing an environmentally literate citizenry that understands how watersheds work and why they are important.
Watersheds aren’t my only hook into WET. A few years back when I was working on my master’s I was casting around for a capstone project and decided that I wanted to do something that had real world value. After much noodling and several conversations, I decided to do a needs assessment for an early childhood WET resource. I know my capstone was stronger because of the support and assistance I received from Project WET USA staff.
In doing the background reading for this assessment, one of the things I learned was just how strong the WET framework is for organizing water education. The framework was developed by faculty at Montana State University using the Delphi method, a process which determines expert consensus through an iterative process. The prior attempts to define what should be included in water education were either overly detailed or far too broad. If you haven’t familiarized yourself with the framework yet-or it’s been a while-it is well worth your time to sit down and read that section of the Guide.
I have been WET coordinator for about 11 years. I also coordinate the Leopold Education Project and GLOBE in South Dakota. I like to kayak, trail run (slowly) and take pictures with my phone. I will be an occasional contributor the National Geographic Education blog, writing about their Great Nature Project initiative."
Interviewed April 2015
New! So what do you do when you're not doing Project WET?
I like to run--slowly and on mostly flat topography. I also like to kayak.
Most of my free time currently is taken up with my campaign for City Commission. We’ll see how much free time I have after the election.
Interviewed April 2016