Water Programs

Educational Programs

Project WILD Aquatic. 2000. Curriculum for kindergarten through grade 12 with supple­mental materials about wetlands and related topics. Source: Project WILD National Office, 5555 Morningside Drive, Suite 212, Houston, TX 77005; or call (713)520-1936; or fax (713)520-8008; (Must participate in a workshop to obtain manual); www.projectwild.org/.


Chesapeake Bay Community Action Guide: A Step-by-Step Guide to Improving the Environment in Your Neighborhood.  1994.  This 94-page manual focuses on the Chesapeake Bay watershed.  Includes information on storm drain stenciling, stream cleanups, reforestation and tree care, and local resources.  Source: Information Center, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, 777 N. Capitol St., N.E., Suite 300, Washington, DC 20002-4201; or call (202) 962-3256; Reference No. 94705; www.mwcog.org/.


Classroom Earth. An online resource designed to help high school teachers include environmental content in their daily lesson plans. www.classroomearth.org.


Discover Wetlands. Lippy, Karen, et. al., 1995. Activities address the definition of a wetland, wetland field studies, wetland functions, and human effects on wetlands. The materials may into existing curricula. Materials were developed in Washington, but are applicable to other regions of the country. Stresses the idea that both action and inaction affect the outcome of environmental issues. Source: Washington State be used as a unit or integrated Department of Ecology, Wetlands Section, Publication #88-16, PO Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504-7600; or call (206) 438-7538; www.ecy.wa.gov/biblio/8816a.html.


EnviroScape II Model. This is an interactive, portable model of a watershed that demonstrates water pollution and its prevention. It comes with a kit containing every­thing you need to demonstrate the movement of water through a watershed and the pollution runoff causes: cocoa, cooking oil, and powdered drink mixes, felt vegetation swatches, clay berms, and props such as miniature trees, cows. Wetlands add-on contains a sep­arate landscape top for use with the EnviroScape II base. Comes with shopping center and parking lot, marina and boat slips, rainmaker (spray bottle), plant roots, assorted wetlands (sponges) and much more. Source: EnviroScape Models, c/o JT and A Inc., 4 Herbert Street, Alexandria, VA 22305; or call (800) 608-3526 or (703) 519-2180; www.enviroscapes.com/.


Flying WILD Educator’s Guide. Brought to you by the Council for Environmental Education (CEE), this guide helps educators introduce middle-school students to bird conservation through school bird festivals and hands-on classroom activities. CEE is also planning nation-wide training workshops for Flying WILD; call at 713-520-1936; www.flyingwild.org/


One Small Square: Swamp. Donald M. Silver. Patricia J. Wynne (Illustrator). 1997. An entertaining and informative wetland book for children, which encourages them to explore and observe one square foot of swamp. Source: McGraw-Hill Professional, ISBN 0-07-057926-1. Available in any bookstore.


President’s Environmental Youth Award. This program is available to individuals, classes, and youth groups. Awards are presented in each of the EPA regions, and one project from each region is presented with the national award in Washington, DC. Guidelines are available from the Environmental Protection Agency at http://www.epa.gov/enviroed/peya/index.html.


Project Wet in the City.  2002. Curriculum for kindergarten through grade 12 with supplemental materials. The curriculum focuses on water resource issues and includes activities appropriate for urban settings. Source: Council for Environmental Education, 5555 Morningside Drive, Suite 212, Houston, TX 77005-3216; or call (713) 520-1936; www.wetcity.org/. (Must participate in a workshop to obtain manual)


Teaching the Poetry of Rivers: Online Lesson Plans. 2005. The Colorado Foundation for Water Education has free online lesson plans for teachers that address the interdisciplinary study of watersheds, and assist students with submissions to the internationally-renowned River of Words Poetry Contest. The lesson plans are self-paced, and integrate culture, history, poetry and watershed science. Materials developed by accomplished poet and teacher, Dr. Kathryn Winograd. Source: The Colorado Foundation for Water Education, 1580 Logan Street, Suite 410, Denver, CO 80203; or call (877) 426-4434; http://cfwe.org/row.asp.


U.S. Geological Survey Water Science for Schools (English/Spanish). U.S. Geological Survey, 2005. The USGS has put together a Water Science for School website that offers information on many aspects of water, along with pictures, data, maps, and an interactive center where you can give opinions and test your water knowledge. Water-Resources Investigations Report 98-4086.  Source: U.S. Geological Survey, Peachtree Business Center, Suite 130, 3039 Amwiler Rd. Atlanta, GA 30360-2824; or call (770) 903-9100.   http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu. There is also a newly released Spanish translation called, La Ciencia del Agua para Escuelas,  that can be accessed at http://water.usgs.gov/gotita.


Wading Into Wetlands: Ranger Rick's Naturescope. Curriculum for pre-school through grade seven. Contains outdoor activities, games, arts and craft ideas and a refer­ence section. Source:  National Wildlife Federation, 1400 Sixteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-2266; or call (800)-477-5560; www.nwf.org/schoolyardhabitats/natureactivities.cfm.


A Walk in the Virtual Woods. The Virginia Cooperative Extension Service has an award-winning hi-tech way to teach elementary and middle school students about forestry. Designed for students aged 9 through 13, the 4-H Virtual Forest has seven learning modules: land-use management, renewable resources, photosynthesis, tree identification, succession, tree measurements, and timber harvesting. The modules complement 4-H project work in forestry and are consistent with the Standards of Learning for Virginia public schools. The 4-H Virtual Forest also includes user’s guides, student activity sheets, teacher answer sheets, additional resources, and SOL links for each module. www.ext.vt.edu/resources/4h/virtualforest/.


Waters to the Sea Educational CD-ROM. Hamline University’s Center for Global Environmental Education. 2000. The interactive CD-ROM Waters to the Sea: The Chattahoochee River was honored with the world’s top environmental multi-media award at the bi-annual Wildscreen Festival in Bristol, England, the world’s largest and most prestigious environmental media festival. The CD-ROM, the second in a series on North America’s rivers, explores the Chattahoochee and Apalachicola rivers from ancient times to the present. Three historic guides (actors shot on digital video portraying historic characters in period dress) lead users on an adventure that investigates the human events and land-use practices that have helped shape the landscape and environmental quality of rivers in the Southeast. Multi-media activities help connect these lessons in environmental history with hydrology, ecology and the science of water quality. Source: Hamline University, 1536 Hewitt Avenue, MS-A1760, St. Paul, MN 55104-1284; or call 651-523-2480; http://cgee.hamline.edu/waters2thesea/Chattahoochee/index.html.


Water Worlds. 1988. Folder contains materials needed to give youth opportunities to explore and observe aquatic environments. Collection/sampling section includes tips on minimal impact sampling. Source: Cornell Cooperative Extension, Media Services Resources Center, 7 Business and Technology Park, Ithaca, NY 14850; or call (607) 255-2080; www.cce.cornell.edu/.


Wetlands and Wildlife: Alaska Wildlife Curriculum Teacher Information Manual. Materials provide information and teaching activities about Alaska’s wetland habitats and animals for K-3, 4-6, and 7-12. Included are wetlands awareness, wetland ecology, human ecology, human impacts on wetlands, and migratory birds. Source: Circumpolar Press, Box 221955, Anchorage, AK 99522; or U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1011 E. Tudor Road, Anchorage, AK 99503; or call (907) 786-3351.


WOW! Wonders of Wetlands. Britt E. Slattery and Alan S. Kesselheim. 1995. Kindergarten through grade 12 curriculum with class­room and outdoor hands-on activities. Also has guide to planning restoration projects and supplementary materials. Source: Environmental Concern Inc., P.O. Box P, 201 Boundary Lane, St. Michaels, MD 21663; or call (410) 745-9620; https://sslserver.com/wetland.org/shop/mainpub.shtml?id=pub1.

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