a great activity for doing just that!). Water education also helps children connect to their local watersheds and understand their relationship to local water resources. Ask Project WET educators from North Carolina to California or anywhere in between how they teach about water in their communities and each will have a different story.Water education is more than just teaching about the water cycle (although Project WET does offer
Project WET in the United States is delivered through the Project WET USA Network—an instruction and delivery network consisting of local and state partner organizations, coordinators and facilitators (master trainers) in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Since its inception in 1991, the USA network has trained millions of school and community educators to reach tens of millions of people of all ages with objective, science-based water resources education that fosters awareness and inspires action. At present, there are approximately 65 U.S. “host institutions”—partner organizations—with designated Project WET Coordinators. These Coordinators work with more than 1,700 facilitators to train educators to teach about all aspects of water.
The bulk of Project WET’s professional development workshops teach educators to use the Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0 to teach about local water resources. The centerpiece of Project WET’s comprehensive suite of water resources education materials, Guide 2.0 is correlated to national education standards, including the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core, as well as to many state standards. With 64 interdisciplinary lessons on water, it is a great tool for teaching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects as well as enhancing language arts, social studies, art, music and other subjects. Any educator wanting to bring water into their classroom can find practical teaching methods in Guide 2.0.
In addition to Guide 2.0 trainings, many host institutions also offer training for Getting Little Feet Wet: Project WET’s Early Childhood Education Guide, WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands, Healthy Water, Healthy People, Conserve Water and the Discover a Watershed series.
Many Project WET educators and partners conduct water festivals, half-day or full-day rotations of Project WET activities that get children moving, interacting and having fun learning about water. For more information, visit the Make a Splash Water Festivals webpage.
To learn more about what kind of learning materials are available through Project WET, visit the Teach & Learn page or the Project WET Store. Don’t see the concept, region or water topic you need? Contact us to find out how your organization can work with us to create customized materials.