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Project WET (Water Education for Teachers)

What is Project WET?

Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) is a collection of innovative, water-related activities that are hands-on, easy to use and fun! Project WET activities are easily incorporated into a school's existing curricula. Project WET is intended for teachers and non-formal educators working with youth in Kingergarten through 12th grade. The program focuses on water's physical properties, water quality and what impacts it, and peoples' relationship to water throughout their lives.

WET 2.0 Update (2012)

The award-winning, NSTA-recommended Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0 continues Project WET's dedication to 21st-century, cutting-edge water education. Correlated to the Common Core Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and STEM Educational Coalition objectives, the Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0 gives educators of children from kindergarten to twelfth grade the tools they need to integrate water education into every school subject. The guide also includes numerous extensions for using the activities in Pre-K environments. Featuring 64 field-tested activities, more than 500 color photographs and illustrations, and useful appendices with information on teaching methods, assessment strategies, and more, this guide is an essential classroom tool.

Standards Correlation for WET 2.0

The Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0 has been correlated to: Common Core English Language Arts, Common Core Math, and Next Generation Science Standards. The guide also adheres to the Excellence in Environmental Education Principles, the National Science Standards Framework, Ocean Literacy Principles, Climate Literacy Principles.

Awards for WET 2.0
  • Gold Medal, 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards, Education (Workbook / Resource) category

  • National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) has selected this book as part of their NSTA Recommends list of books for science educators.

How to Get WET?

If you are interested in attending or scheduling an upcoming Project WET workshop, or cosponsoring a workshop with DEC at your site, please contact the coordinator nearest you.

For the Western Adirondacks, Central NY, and Finger Lakes:

Betsy Ukeritis
Regional Environmental Educator
NYSDEC - Regions 6, 7, & 8
615 Erie Blvd West
Syracuse, NY 13204
315-426-7532
project.wet@dec.ny.gov

For the Rest of New York State:

Sarah Davies
NY WET State Coordinator
NYSDEC Bureau of Environmental Education
625 Broadway 4th Fl
Albany, NY 12233-5256
518-402-8043
project.wet@dec.ny.gov

Discover the Hudson River

Project WET Discover the Hudson Booklet
Project WET Discover the Hudson River

Discover the Hudson River is the latest addition to Project WET's Kids in Discovery series (KIDs). Through lively text, colors, games, maps and activities, the booklet provides information about the Hudson's watershed, the variety of wildlife the river supports, and the many ways people influence and are influenced by the river.

Discover the Hudson River is available from Project WET's online store for $1.25 per copy. To access Project WET's store visit the links on the right-hand side of this page. A preview of 5 pages of this 16-page booklet is available by following the links below.

Teachers who would like a free copy of Discover the Hudson River may request one directly from DEC's Bureau of Environmental Education by e-mail or by calling 518-402-8043.

Preview the front cover (PDF) (146 KB)
Preview pages 2 & 3 (PDF) (404 KB)
Preview pages 14 & 15 (PDF) (430 KB)

For more information on teaching about the Hudson River visit the DEC's Hudson River Estuary Program and download lesson plans for use in your classroom.


More about Project WET (Water Education for Teachers):

  • Project WET Resource List - Annotated list of printed and online resources that will supplement lesson plans and provide teachers with suggestions for finding water-based educational materials.