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Links on this page are for activities and materials dealing with issues related to fresh water--preservation of wetlands and watersheds, pollution, and water quality protection.

An international, interdisciplinary, water education program for formal & nonformal educators of students 5-18. Activities are designed to satisfy the goals of educational programs by complementing existing curricula rather than displacing or adding more concepts. Also provide many opportunities to address curriculum objectives & ed standards. Grade Level: K-12 NPEE Review
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The Groundwater Foundation      
The Groundwater Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching people of all ages to care for and about groundwater. The site offers a section covering groundwater basics, what it is and why it is important, as well as a kids section full of educational activities and games.
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Learning to be Water Wise and Energy Efficient    
A conservation educational program developed by the National Energy Foundation for grades 4 -8. The program is implemented through local businesses, usually water or energy utilities. A sample activity is available at the site.
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Urban Wildlife Resources Grades 4-7    
"An information source and clearinghouse for urban wildlife-related matters. A major objective is to facilitate interaction and achieve better management of natural resources in urban and urbanizing areas through research, planning, design, and education." Conservation Ed packets for teachers (4-7th grade)and related books can be ordered from UWR.
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"A series of interactive, portable models that demonstrate water pollution- and its prevention." Nonpoint Source Pollution Prevention curricula (K-12) is also available.
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Common Freshwater Invertebrates of North America    
This fall, McDonald & Woodward Publishing launched a new environmental education initiative with the release of four new interactive educational resources for use in identifying and studying common, widespread freshwater invertebrates of North America. These high-quality products are built upon the robust foundation of J. Reese Voshell's very popular and highly respected book A Guide to Common Freshwater Invertebrates of North America, and they include Flash Cards of Common Freshwater Invertebrates of North America (three different sets) and QuickGuide to Major Groups of Freshwater Invertebrates, an easy-to-use guide to identifying common, widespread macroinvertebrates to the levels of class and order. These products are, by most measures, the best of their type and subject available, and they will be especially useful to teachers, students, naturalists, water quality monitors, resource managers, and others who study, manage, or simply enjoy freshwater ecosystems.
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Love Your Stream Poster    
The new "Love Your Stream" poster field-guide to clean water practices is appropriate for students in grades K-5. The full color poster comes with a black and white reduced size coloring poster and a clean water practices checklist kids can take home to teach their parents and friends. Some of the clean water practices illustrated include: picking up after your pets; using soaker hoses; setting up a rain barrel; making a worm bin and compost fence; and more.

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Watersheds: Connecting Weather to the Environment    
Online course is a primer on how weather events relate to the health of a watershed, and how the public can take simple actions to protect watershed health. The on-line curriculum contains a collection of graphics that make it easy for meteorologists and others to explain watersheds visually.

Developed through a grant from the U.S. EPA.
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Give Water A Hand      
National organization that offers student materials for grades K-5 and additional teacher resources, with FREE, downloadable guidebook in English and Spanish. A program of the University of Wisconsin - Environmental Resources Center.
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Kids Corner: The Groundwater Foundation    
Lessons, hands-on experiments, and games for students and teachers with the subject matter of groundwater and related natural resources.
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Watershed Kits    
Make your own 3-D watershed kits by Enviroscape. Online ordering.
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Water Taste Test    
A rating system used to judge the quality of the water sampled reinforces the concept that water is not just H2O. This is an activity created by the 1991 Woodrow Wilson Biology Institute.
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Surf Your Watershed    
Brought to you as a service of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help you locate, use and share environmental

information on your watershed or community.
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Science Teams in Rural Environments for Aquatic Management Studies (STREAMS)      
"An interdisciplinary environmental education and water study program incorporating national science and math standards, authentic assessment, field studies, technology and student/community activism,"Available online. Grade Level: 5-8 NPEEE Review

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World Day for Water    
The world celebrates the World Day for Water on 22 March. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is promoting water-related activities organised by associations focussing on water issues from across the world.
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Water Sourcebook Units Grades K-2, 3-5, 9-12      
"Designed for use by teachers and water quality professionals, the activities teach youth through experimental learning methods the importance of preserving and enhancing water resources. The inter-disciplinary books are designed to supplement existing curricula and are correlated with U.S. curriculum standards." Units for K-2, 3-5, 9-12 and a Spanish version can be ordered online. NPEEE Review for Grade Level: 9-12
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Educational Water Experiments and Demonstrations for Water Conservation Drought Awareness    
Water demonstration kits and water experiment

test kits for teaching water science to a

classroom or individual student.
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National Water Monitoring Day    
April 22nd The Earth Day Network has produced "What's in Your Water?" an educator's guide for grades 5 - 8 to help teachers and students take part in this nationwide event by measuring the health of their local watersheds.
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Wet in the City - Sum of the Parts    
Students demonstrate how everyone contributes to the pollution of a river as it flows through a watershed and recognize that everyone's "contribution" can be reduced.

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LaMotte's web site on water testing. Information includes test kits and instructions for the kits.

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Groundwater Guardian      
"Groundwater Guardian encourages communities to begin and enhance groundwater awareness and protection activities, supports the community in their efforts, and recognizes their achievements." Information about current Groundwater Guardian Communities can be accessed via a searchable online database.
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Rivers Project Curriculum Guides    
"These curricular units (covering wetlands, groundwater, zebra mussels,sciences and language arts), written by high school teachers, can be used together to create an interdisciplinary program based on river study or alone, as a supplement to your existing curriculum. Each guide contains comprehensive instructions for teachers who wish to include real world, hands-on activities in their classrooms
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Groundwater Foundation Children's Festival      
"This festival guide is an excellent source for planning and implementing a water education event...includes a step-by-step process for getting started, samples of fundraising letters, forms, news releases and more." (Elementary students).
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Take a Dip / ˇH2O Viva!    
Take a Dip / ˇH2O Viva! is an Internet-based multidisciplinary project where students collaborate in large numbers across great distances to compare water quality data and organisms found at the water sampling site. Students also interact with experts online, use an online asynchronous discussion board to to discuss project-related topics, and publish their own work to the project web site. In Eng
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Water Conservation and Fun for Kids    
Student artwork, activities, and lesson plans on watersheds, drinking water, water pollution prevention and other water topics. From US EPA Water Office.
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Fisheries Learning on the Web    
Fisheries Learning on the Web (FLOW) is a comprehensive curriculum about the Great Lakes ecosystem, geared toward upper elementary and middle school. Lessons are aligned with science and social studies standards.
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Water Environment Federation - Student Resources    
"A not-for-profit technical and educational organization, WEF's goal is to preserve and enhance the global water environment." Educational materials for grades K-12 and spanish speakers are available in PDF format; also, resources for teachers and information on organizing a water festival.
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Alice Ferguson Foundation / Hard Bargain Farm Environmental Center    
Experiential environmental education in the Potomac watershed. Students conduct watershed and land use investigations on a 330-acre working farm across the Potomac River from Mount Vernon.
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Water - A Theme For Schools    
"Children are presented with a variety of resources based on a 'water' theme. Items include; the Rivers Amazon, Ganges and Nile ... data on river lengths ... sources, ages of rivers, floods and an opportunity to write desriptively." Presented by Snaith Primary School, UK.
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Florida Springs: Protecting Nature's Gems    
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection photo-documentary web production documents the state's major freshwater springs and efforts to protect the aquifer and springs. It includes a week-long online journey with the digital journalists from
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Water Education Foundation (WEF)    
"The mission of WEF is to create a better understanding of water issues and help resolve water resource problems through educational programs." Information on CA water issues, educational programs, events, products, and publications. Online ordering available.
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EPA Office of Water Kids' Pages      
A listing of water related educational activities (including ground and drinking water, wetlands, nonpoint source pollution, and marine debris curriculum) provided by the EPA.
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Delaware River Basin Education Web    
Access maps and general information about the Delaware River Watershed. As well as educational resources and lesson plans, environmental field trip ideas, and upcoming educational opportunities throughout the basin. Created by the Delaware River Basin Commission.
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Storm Drain Stencils    
Storm drain stencils & related nonpoint pollution prevention materials for watershed education & public involvement. Free program development ideas for teachers & local governments. Service Learning Projects for students.
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Vernal Pool    
An environmental project of Reading Memorial High School, Reading, Massachusetts, whose goal is to "encourage the appreciation, protection, and interdisciplinary study of vernal pools, particularly by students."
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Water Science for Schools    
Offers student-level "information, pictures, data, maps, and an interactive center where you can give opinions and test your water knowledge." A project of the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Watershed Action    
"The Watershed Action site offers one-stop help in planning and organizing service-learning projects to prevent water pollution in your watershed. Access on-line everything from curricula to local experts, from step-by-step project plans to storm drain stencils. All resources are free or low-cost." From the Center for Global Environmental Education and Watershed Partners.
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GREEN (Global Rivers Environmental Education Network)      
This Earth Force program offers educators and watershed organizations a family of integrated services and tools to engage youth in improving their water resources. The new GREEN website offers users a place where they can enter and track data, download classroom activities, follow a step-by-step action process to improve a waterway, upload projects stories and photos

and more.
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What's a Watershed?    
Comprehensive information on local and national area watersheds, organizations, activities, community activism. On-line video plus web-based, water quality training course, presented by Purdue University (CTIC) Conservation Technology Information Center.
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Educational Development Specialists (EDS)    
EDS has developed the award-winning K-8 EE programs, "Think Earth" and "Energy Source." While programs are often provided free to schools by local sponsors, teachers in other areas can review and purchase programs at this site.
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BEES - Water Curriculum Enhancers    
Information on watersheds, water quality, monitoring, legislation, classroom applications (high school)and reference resources. A project of Building Environmental Education Solutions, Inc. (BEES).
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Student's Guide: Understanding Basic Ecological Concepts    
A combined textbook and workbook that focuses on ecological concepts and the interrelationships of living things and their environments. Students examine current environmental problems such as acid rain, toxic waste, tropical deforestation, and destruction of the ozone layer. Grades 8+.
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Watersheds Unite    
A group of geographers commited to water quality issues within Iowa. Current projects include connecting volunteer water quality monitors within the state and helping teachers to get involved with environmental education opportunities.
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Internet Watershed Educational Tool (InterWET)    
"Water resource and watershed education with interactive calculators and maps. InterWET can be used as a stand-alone educational resource and as part of larger watershed educational efforts for a variety of people in many different watersheds." Uses the Spring Creek Watershed in central Pennsylvania as a case study. Developed by S.C. Parson, PhD, Pennsylvania State University.
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Massachusetts Water Resources Authority - School Programs for Water and Sewer    
MWRA resources for teachers and students includes: classroom presentations, workshops, on-line activities, contests, curriculum guides, demonstrations & testing kits.
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Water on the Web    
WOW is a curriculum package using real-time remote sensing of lakes; interactive data visualization, management, and analysis tools; and GIS. Tools are integrated with other resources on the Web site allowing students to learn/apply basic science, problem solving, and data analysis, using "real-world, real-time" data.
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What's Up With Our Nation's Waters?    
A look at how water quality is measured, what toxins are found in drinking water, and wetlands and groundwater. Highlights include a "What can I do?" section and suggested science projects. From the US EPA Office of Water.
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Water Science Experiments & Projects    
Science Fair Water projects:

Experiments and demos for teachers:

Basic water information and terms:

Blog on Water Impacts caused by Hurricane Katrina:
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Mapping Fish Habitats      
"Students learn about and apply the field mapping techniques of aquatic biologists as they chart the movements of fish in a classroom aquarium...Skills developed include: observing, classifying, mapping, analyzing data, experimenting, making inferences." Developed by Great Explorations in Math and Science, Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley. Grade Level: 6-10 NPEEE Review
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Creek Connections    
Creek Connections has forged an effective partnership between Allegheny College and regional schools to turn waterways in western Pennsylvania into outdoor environmental laboratories. Emphasizing an investigation of local waterways, this project involves a hands-on, inquiry based, natural science education for a number of different schools. Water Quality data is posted online.
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EnviroScape's Make Your Own Watershed Kit    
For K-12 teachers and students, EnviroScape's Make Your Own Watershed Kit allows hands-on learning of water pollution and its prevention. Based on the award-winning EnviroScape models. On-line ordering.
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Carolina Estuarine Reserve Foundation    
CERF is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that promotes the acquisition and protection of a diverse system of coastal natural areas to advance research, education and partnerships. Field trip information and Estuary related educational materials are available online.
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Wade into Watersheds    
Adopt-A-Watershed middle school curriculum “Wade into Watersheds.” Students learn how water supports living things and how humans affect water quality. Activities focus on the importance of water quality and ways students can protect it.
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Florida Springs: Protecting Nature's Gems    
The Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection's new photo-documentary web production documents the state's major freshwater springs and efforts to protect the aquifer and springs. It includes a weeklong online journey with digital journalists from
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More Than Skin Deep, A Teachers' Guide to Caves and Groundwater    
An online teacher's guide including a variety of lesson plans, activities and informational articles about karst resources and their conservation. If you teach about caves, bats, springs, groundwater or any karst issue, this guide is worth a look. Intended for grades K -8. A project of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.
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Water is the Lifeblood of the Earth    
Detailed information about water and its properties, different types of water systems (groundwater to wetlands), water policy, management, water and culture, links to resources and FREE, teacher resources (some in PDF format). From Environment Canada.
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EPA - Watershed Outreach    
Materials to help you understand and promote watershed protection. Some materials are downloadable directly from the web site, others must be requested by telephone, email, or regular mail.
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Interactive Watersheds    
Interactive Watershed web sites for five different watersheds across the U.S. allow people to take virtual interactive tours, learn about local resource issues and participate in watershed community centers.
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EarthCARE Canada    
EarthCARE is an activity-based, curriculum-aligned program designed to develop students and staff as environmental stewards. Includes lesson plans, activities for students, discussion forum, news items,and a reduce-reuse-recycle Q&A section.
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USGS Water Resources Outreach Program & Poster Series - K-12    
An initiative of the US Geological Survey, to develop an awareness of water resources for K-12

students. Includes a poster series and educational training packages (FREE).
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Massachusetts Bays Watershed Stewardship Guide    
"Developed by the Massachusetts Bays Education Alliance. The full Guide contains 300+ pages of tried and tested activities for grades 4-12 incorporating inquiry, problem-solving and use of models as outlined in the Benchmarks: On the Way to Environmental Literacy K-12 for school-based educators and leaders of youth organizations, and the Massachusetts Science and Technology Frameworks."
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Water Celebration! A Handbook    
A publication of the Watercourse and National Project Wet. "A one-to three-day event to entertain and educate a community, a school, or a single class about the importance of water. Schedules, funding suggestions, sample letters, flyers, press releases, and ideas for games, exhibits, and presentations are compiled in this single source."
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Exploring the Environment (ETE) Grades 9-12 Learning Modules      
ETE is a series of interdisciplinary, problem-based learning modules for high school students (online). The project engages student teams in addressing real-world problems related to weather, population growth, biodiversity, land use patterns, volcanoes, water pollution, and global warming. Teams analyze remotely-sensed images to come up with solutions to open-ended earth science problems.
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Lesson Plans - Environmental Issues Forum Workshop      
Submitted by teachers at a workshop emphasizing urban EE, downloadable lesson plans on air and water quality, solid waste, and land use planning. From the Chicago Academy of Sciences.
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World Rivers Day & Water for Life Decade    
The United Nations is launching the

"Water for Life Decade" this year,

to bring a higher profile to global water issues. As part of this, river enthusiasts from around the world are coming together to participate in the inaugural "World Rivers

Day" on September 25th, 2005. This will be patterned after the highly successful BC Rivers Day in western Canada, which is already one of the biggest events of its kind in the world, attracting up to 75,000 people annually. World Rivers Day will highlight the many values of our waterways and will strive to increase public awareness and encourage improved stewardship of rivers around the world.

To find out more about water issues, and how to get involved with World Rivers Day, visit:

BC Rivers Day Web Site:

Wonder Of Water Web Site:
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CIESE Online Classroom Projects    
Center for Improved Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) interdisciplinary projects that teachers can use to enhance their curriculum through use of the Internet. Focus is on projects that utilize realtime data from the Internet, and collaborative projects that reach peers and experts around the world via the Internet. Some of these collaborative projects include "Down the Drain: How much water do you use?"; "The Global Water Sampling Project: An investigation of water quality" for grades 9-12; and "The Square of Life: Studies of Local and Global Environments" for grades 1-5. Each project has a brief description and links to the National Science Standards and NCTM math standards it supports.
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EPA Explorer's Club      
The EPA Explorer's Club is designed like a clubhouse with various rooms. Filled with educational activities in the art room, game room, science room, and pages where kids learn about air, water, garbage & recycling, plants, and animals.
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EPA Water K-12 Sourcebooks    
Created by the EPA, The Water Sourcebooks contain 324 activities for grades K-12. This environmental education program explains the water management cycle using a balanced approach showing how it affects all aspects of the environment. Activities are available online in PDF and are also available on CD-ROM.
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Teachers' Corner    
Teachers’ Corner, a web-based clearinghouse for K-12 Great Lakes and fisheries education resources, offers educators professional reviews of instructional materials, free lessons correlated to Michigan Science Benchmarks, a chart for comparing materials, links to related resources, and a discussion forum.
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Raising Your Water IQ    
Fun learning resources from Texas Water Development Board designed to help K-6 students become more water wise. Includes a series of interactive website modules, a 6th grade curriculum, and a K-3 coloring book with original Texas-centric characters.
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