On World Water Day 2017, Project WET advocates for water education at the Vatican and launches a new guide for early childhood educators

World Water Day 2017 logoGuy Ryder, the chair of UN-Water, recently said of World Water Day, “Do what you can, do it with others, and do it with passion.” The Project WET Foundation is heeding that call on World Water Day 2017 and every day, working to raise awareness about water and encourage individual and collective action to protect and conserve water resources.

First, at the Vatican, Project WET Foundation President and CEO Dennis Nelson will witness Pope Francis inspire a global conversation that will help shift how the world values and understands its single most precious resource: water.

St. Peters Square, Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0St. Peters Square (Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0.) Dennis is participating in WATERSHED, a series of events that will be streamed live from the Vatican on World Water Day. Dennis is in Rome to advocate for the role of water education in solving the world's complex water issues. WATERSHED will be launched immediately following a Papal Audience with Pope Francis and will be streamed live on Facebook starting at 10:30 a.m. CET on March 22nd. (Visit http://facebook.com/valuesofwater to view the live stream.)

Watershed logoProject WET’s participation in WATERSHED is part of #MyWaterStory, a global social media conversation leading up to WATERSHED and other water-related efforts hosted by the Vatican. The #MyWaterStory campaign, developed by graduate students from Ball State University’s Center for Emerging Media Design & Development (EMDD) in conjunction with leading journalists and scientists from Circle of Blue, seeks to encourage discussion about the values and value of water. Project WET has shared its award-winning water resources education materials and worldwide network of partners to encourage involvement in the #MyWaterStory campaign.

WATERSHED’s line-up of inspirational speakers, scientists, youth, and business leaders will be live-streamed from the Vatican for a globally connected audience that is invited to digitally share stories of their struggles, their hopes and their fears about the world’s water supplies. This audience will bring new voices, content, stories, art, media and workable solutions to light.

Getting Little Feet Wet coverMeanwhile, back in the United States, Project WET will celebrate World Water Day with a brand-new resource to help young children understand the value of water. Developed in coordination with early childhood experts and educators, Getting Little Feet Wet contains 11 interactive, engaging activities. Getting Little Feet Wet allows young learners to explore many different aspects of water-from water's unique properties and states, to water in music, art and history. Each activity has different, age-appropriate suggestions to suit both Pre-K and K-2 learners and is correlated to educational standards.

From discovering what sinks or floats to observing how water helps plants grow, children are natural-born water scientists. Getting Little Feet Wet helps early childhood educators appeal to young children’s curiosity about the world around them while also emphasizing the importance of water.

Project WET StandardsOrganized around Project WET’s Water Literacy Principles, Getting Little Feet Wet is correlated to standards from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the North American Association of Environmental Educators (NAAEE), as well as the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework. The K-2 activity options have also been correlated to Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

The digital version of Getting Little Feet Wet is available today, and those who purchase the download will be able to access suggested resources, specific materials and additional links with a simple click. Print versions of the new book will be available later this spring. To purchase Getting Little Feet Wet, visit the Project WET Store.

Become a partner in the Project WET Network:  USA  INTERNATIONAL