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INTRODUCTION

The Project WET Resource List for New York State is an annotated list of printed and online resources that will supplement lesson plans and provide teachers with suggestions for finding water-based educational materials. The goal of the list is to encourage Project WET participants to improve their understanding of water resources and explore existing environmental education programs.

The intention is to motivate and facilitate continued education about water resources. It is hoped that this list will help you gather materials and information for classroom activities, explore other water-based curriculum, and use the most up-to-date technology in your classrooms.

There are many kinds of materials in this resource list. They are organized by the following subject areas: directories and catalogues, kids science pages, available grants, maps, watersheds, activities and curriculum, and additional resources. They range in format and are available in either hard-copy or an electronic file. Each entry begins with a title, followed by information about where to find the material. At the end of each entry there are additional notes that will describe the material in more detail.

The Resource List is not intended to be a complete list of water-related education materials in New York state or to endorse these materials. There are many more excellent publications and online resources that aren't listed. Teachers and other Project WET participants are encouraged to "expand their horizons beyond this list."

NEW YORK STATE MONITORING PROGRAMS

Title: New York City Department of Environmental Protection
Publisher:
The City of New York
Website: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/html/home/home.shtml
Notes: This site has tons of educational resources for teachers and students, supplemental water education materials, a list of books and websites about water, the New York City's Water Saver Workbook, facts about the growth and scope of the City's extraordinary water supply system, a good diagram of the city's sewer and water supply system, information about New York City's largest water pollution control facility, and an assessment test on water and the environment.

Title: Lake Onondaga Monitoring Program
Publisher:
Onondaga County Department of Water Environment Protection
Website: Lake Onondaga Monitoring Program
Notes: It has been said that Lake Onondaga is the most polluted lake in the US. Fact sheets and raw data is available on the biological community and ambient water quality.

Title: Great Lakes Marsh Monitoring Program
Publisher:
Environment Canada and others
Website: Great Lakes Marsh Monitoring Program
Notes: Through the efforts of many dedicated and skilled volunteers who survey amphibians, marsh birds, or both, the Marsh Monitoring Program (MMP) contributes to the conservation of wetlands and wetland dependent wildlife in the Great Lakes region. Although a special emphasis is placed on the monitoring of those Great Lakes coastal wetlands that are heavily polluted, information on marshes throughout the Great Lakes states and the province of Ontario is also very important to the success of the program. Over the long-term, information gathered by MMP volunteers can be used to track population trends of marsh birds, frogs and toads throughout the Great Lakes region.

KIDS SCIENCE PAGES

Title: Student's Center
Publisher:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Format: html
Website: Kids Science Pages
Notes: At this site you can learn about air, water, ecosystems, conservation, waste and recycling, and many other environmental topics. Click on water for information and activities on acid rain, watersheds, wetlands, groundwater, marine and freshwater resources. Plus there are numerous links to sites outside of the EPA's pages.

Title: Environmental Education for Kids (EEK)
Publisher:
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Contact: Carrie A. Morgan
(608) 267-5239
morgac@dnr.state.wi.us
Format: Electronic Magazine (HTML)
Website: Environmental Education for Kids
Notes: This electronic magazine is brought to you by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and is for kids in grades 4-8th. There are five activities related to water resources in a section entitled Water Wonders, which includes " "The Water Cycle," "Groundwater Quiz," "Water Word Search," "Water Facts and Conservation Tips," "Lakes Are Great." These activities are truly interactive.

Title: Explorer's Club
Publisher:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Format: Adobe (PDF), shockwave, and html
Website: Explorers Club
Notes: Explorer's Club is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencies website for kids between ages five and twelve. There are games, pictures, and stories and other fun things based on air, water, garbage and recycling, plants and animals and you. You can become an aquatic crusader by learning about aquatic life, surface tension, and mixing oil and detergents in water.

Title: Water Science for Students
Publisher:
United States Geological Survey
Format: HTML
Website: Water Science for Students
Notes: You can have access to tons of 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.

DIRECTORIES AND CATALOGS

Title: EELink
Website:
Directories and Catalogs
Notes: EELink is a project of the North American Association for Environmental Education (EE). Professionals can compare the "organizational EE perspectives" of many different environmental education organizations, the foundations of EE, the status of EE by state, and other resources on environmental education issues and perspectives. The site also contains the following classroom resources for teachers: catalogues, audio-visual materials, software, student webpages, meeting state standards, etc.

Title: Compendium of Educational Materials on the Water Environment
Format:
Catalog
Publisher: Alliance for Environmental Education
Contact: 51 Main Street
P.O. Box 368
The Plains, VA 22171
Notes: "This Compendium of Educational Materials on the Water Environment is part of an ongoing effort by EPA to foster information-sharing among all levels of government, business, and industry involved in developing materials for the public. The 700 entries in this Compendium are examples of successful efforts to educate and motivate citizens, teachers, and students toward pollution prevention and , thereby, the control of nonpoint sources." It includes all the resources listed in the Water Quality Catalog, developed by the Water Environment Federation's Public Education Committee.

Title: Directory of Great Lakes Education Material
Format:
HTML and Catalog
Publisher: Center for Great Lakes Environmental Education
Contact: P.O. Box 56
Buffalo, NY 14205-0056
(716) 878-3175
Notes: A sixth edition of the Directory of Great Lakes Educational Material is available online. The fifth edition was published by the International Joint Commission (IJC) in 1994 and is available online at Great Lakes Educational Material On-line . This directory is a comprehensive listing of educational materials available on issues relating to the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence basin. The Directory includes books, audio-visual and instructional materials, newsletters and other educational resources, compiled as a result of a monumental effort of surveying and interviewing over 5,000 educators and producers of educational materials. Sources of additional Great Lakes programs, such as grant foundations and resource centers, are also listed alphabetically.

Title: The Acorn Naturalist
Format:
HTML and Catalog
Publisher: The Acorn Naturalist
Contact: 17821 East 17th St., #103
P.O. Box 2423
Tustin, CA, 92781-2423 USA
1 (800) 422-8886
Website: The Acorn Naturalist
Notes: The Acorn Naturalist specializes in the development and distribution of science and environmental education resources. In both printed and electronic versions, it offers thousands of hard-to-find specialty products, including new curricula, field identification guides, plant and animal activity books, water quality monitoring equipment, audiovisual media, and unique tools for educators, naturalists, interpreters and camp leaders. All items are carried in stock at their own warehouse, and thus are available for immediate delivery.

Title: Educational Materials Catalog
Format:
Catalog and HTML
Publisher: New York Sea Grant
Contact: 117 Nassau Hall
SUNY at Stony Brook
Stony Brook, NY 11794-5001
(516) 632-6905
Website: Educational Materials Catalog
Date: 1993
Notes: Grades 8-12. D. Puglisi. 1993. 35 pp. Free. ($1.00S/H). This catalog describes a number of New York Sea Grant's print publications and audiovisual materials pertaining to; commercial fisheries; coastal recreation and tourism; coastal resources; fish consumption and technology. It also provides resources for general information on marine and youth education.

Title: Annual Environmental Sourcebook
Format:
HTML and Catalog
Publisher: Island Press
Contact: P.O. Box 7
Covelo, CA 95428
1 (800) 828-1302
Website: Annual Environmental Sourcebook
Notes: This is the principal catalog vehicle for Island Books. The Sourcebook is a unique resource, distributed annually to more than 100,000 individuals across the United States, including environmental professionals and researchers, public officials, community leaders, college and university faculty, and other concerned citizens. It includes titles from Island Press and their distributed lines (Earthscan, IUCN, and The Nature Conservancy) as well as from other publishers and organizations.The direct-mail program includes not only the Sourcebook, but also other targeted direct-mail pieces, such as subject brochures and single-title flyers.

Title: Water Education 101
Publisher:
American Water Works Association
Contact: the American Water Works Association
6666 West Quincy Avenue
Denver, CO 80235
Notes: This catalog has many different kinds of teaching aids for water education, water education posters, book covers, videos, stories, coloring books, and education packages.

Title: WETNET: An Environmental Curriculum Dealing with Wetlands
Authors:
The Adirondack Teacher Center, the Adirondack Park Visitor Interpretive Center, and the Adirondack Park Institute
Publisher: Partnerships for and Environmentally Sound Future
Notes:

Title: Groundwater: A Vital Resource
Contact:
Tennessee Valley Authority
Office of Natural Resources and Economic Development
Environmental/Energy Education Program
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902

AVAILABLE GRANTS

Title: Hudson River Estuary Grants Program
Website:
Groundwater: A Vital Resource
Contact:
Notes:

Title: Theodore Roosevelt Environmental Stewardship Grants Program
Contact:
US EPA Office of Environmental Education
Notes: Grants will be awarded for collaborative student, campus, and community-based environmental stewardship activities. Funding will be available between 2002 and 2007 for projects involving at least two institutions of higher education.

Title: Watershed Assistance Grants (WAG) program
Website:

Watershed Assistance Grants (WAG)
Contacts: The River Network
wag@rivernetwork.org
(503) 241-3506 ext. 47
Notes: The River Network and the US Environmental Protection Agency have teamed up to institute this program whose purpose is to "... support the growth and sustainability of watershed partnerships in the United States." Application for these grants, which range in size from $1500 - $30,000, is very competitive; only 6% were accepted last year.

Title: Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation Grants
Contact:
Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation
P.O. Box 621
Skaneateles, NY 13152
(607) 257-7996,
mgaef@clarityconnect.com
Notes: K-12 teachers worldwide are invited to apply for grants of $1000 to develop or implement environmental curricula that integrates hands-on ecology exercises into the classroom. Curricula that encourage the integration of multiple disciplines (such as integrating art and science), and that include cooperative work with multiple school districts will be given special consideration.

TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Title: Science Teacher Environmental Education Program
Sponsor:
Center for Environmental Research and Conservation
Contact: Glenn Phillips
(212) 854-8183

Title: Project WET and Project WILD
Authors:
The Watercourse
Contacts: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Regional Environmental Education Centers
Website: Project WET and Project WILD
Notes: These workshops are 3 to 6 hours long and are scheduled throughout the year at the DEC's regional environmental education centers. Participation is free and everyone receives a free copy of the activities booklet.

CITIZEN PARTICIPATION

Title: Listen to the Sound 2000, A Citizens Agenda
Format:
PDF
Publisher: National Audubon Society of New York State
Contact: 200 Trillium Lane
Albany, NY 12203
(518) 869-9731
Website: CITIZEN PARTICIPATION
Notes: This report presents the results of Listen to the Sound 2000, a citizen participation project to construct a blueprint for a Long Island Sound Reserve. It includes over 200 testimonies recorded at the ten citizen hearings held during the year 2000 and letters, e-mails and written comments from others in the community. All of this material is the basis for the citizens 'agenda for the reserve concept and the list of open space projects in need of attention. This report could be used to present citizen participation in a conservation planning process.

MAPS

Title: Fishing Hotspots, Great Lakes CD Series.
Contact:
Underwater Technologies, Inc.
P.O. Box 637
Webster, NY 14580
(315) 524-MAPS
Website: http://www.utmaps.com/main.cfm
Notes: Underwater Technologies, Inc. makes clear and concise, realistic views of lake bottoms using state-of-the-art computer equipment. They sell three dimensional lake maps in both CD-ROM and paper format. Many lakes in New York, including Lake Ontario, Erie, the Finger Lakes and many others are sold.

Title: Wildlife Recreation Map
Contact:
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Notes: This is a road-sized map showing public lands open for wildlife related recreation, wildlife management areas, wildlife viewing sites, and state forests and federal lands in New York.

Title: Wildlife Viewing Guide
Contact:
Purchase from book store or Amazon.com
Notes: This publication gives provides an in-depth coverage of many different wildlife viewing areas in the state, which includes state parks, nature centers, state forests, and Department of Environmental Conservation Wildlife Management Areas.

Title: Topographic Maps
Publisher:
United States Geological Survey
Format: HTML and Standard
Contact: Earth Science Information Center
USGS Information Services
Box 25286
Denver, CO 80225
Website: http://mac.usgs.gov/mac/findmaps.html
Notes: Now standard topographic maps are available online at Topographic Maps

GUIDES TO IDENTIFYING MACRO-INVERTEBRATES

Title: Key to Aquatic Macro-Invertebrates
Author:
Larry Abele
Publishers: New York State Division of Water and the Riverwatch Network
Website: GUIDES TO IDENTIFYING MACRO-INVERTEBRATES
Notes: This key is a pictorial method of identifying aquatic macro-invertebrates. It is structured so the major groups of aquatic macro-invertebrates can be accurately identified primarily on the basis of photographs instead of traditional written keys that often require the knowledge of unfamiliar terminology. In the future, photographs of selected families, genera and species of macro-invertebrates will be added to the site. It is the result of the combined efforts of Hudson Basin River Watch, a project of the Open Space Institute to manage volunteer stream monitoring in the Hudson River Basin, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's Stream Bio-Monitoring Unit.

Title: Living Waters: Using Benthic Macro-Invertebrates and Habitat to Assess Your River's Health
Authors:
Geoff Dates and Jack Byrne
Publisher: River Watch Network
Contact: 135 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 223-3840
Date: 1997
Notes: This how-to manual for volunteers describes methods for designing, carrying out, and interpreting a benthic macro-invertebrate study. It includes background information on life cycles, food webs, adaptations, habitat characteristics, and river continuum concept. Methods of collection, laboratory procedures, summarizing and interpreting the data are described.

Title: Save Our Streams: Monitor's Guide to Aquatic Macro-invertebrates
Author:
Loren Kellogg
Publisher: Izaak Walton League of America
Notes: Dichotomous keys, fits in a hand bag or back pocket, yet very detailed.

Title: Guide to Freshwater Animals without Backbones
Author:
Arlene de Strulle and Tora Johnson
Publisher: Catskill Center for Conservation and Development
Date: 1997
Notes: Original artwork, meant for teachers, parents and their children. Contains interactive hands-on field activities to understand aquatic macro-invertebrates and their habitats, identify and classify invertebrates, and understand adaptations. Teaching methods include exploration and discovery, observation, identification and classification, and problem solving (through trail and error).

STREAM MONITORING PROGRAMS AND MANUALS

Title: Hudson Basin River Watch Guidance Document - Helping to Coordinate Monitoring Efforts Throughout the Watershed
Authors:
Sharon Behar and Martha Cheo
Publisher: River Network - River Watch Program
Contact: 153 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 223-3840
Date: June 2000
Notes: This document is intended to standardize volunteer steam monitoring by describing how to design and implement a stream monitoring program. Includes worksheets and methods for analyzing physical stream morphology, chemical indicators, and benthic macro-invertebrates. Standardized methods for reporting and using the data are also included for improving reliability.

Title: Urban Stream Restoration (VIDEO)
Publisher:
Nolte Media
Date: 1998
Notes: Ann Riley takes you on a tour of six urban stream restoration sites. Intended audience is engineers, landscape architects, biologists, water managers, community groups and decision makers. Ann Riley is a nationally known hydrologist, steam restoration professional, and executive director of the Waterways Restoration Institute in Berkely, CA. (61 Minutes)

Title: Volunteer Stream Monitoring: A Methods Manual
Publisher:
EPA Office of Water
Date: Nov 1997
Notes: This how-to manual includes methodologies and worksheets for the following watershed survey activities: visual assessment, stream habitat, bioindicators, streamflow, temperature, oxygen, pH, turbidity, phosphorous, nitrates, total solids, conductivity, alkalinity, and fecal bacteria. Ways to manage and present your data are also included.

Title: The Streamkeeper (VIDEO)
Publisher:
Adopt A Stream Foundation
Date: 1996
Notes: Bill Nye takes potential streamkeepers on a zany journey through a watershed and shows how to investigate your stream, inventory and monitor, and take actions (25 Minutes).

Title: SalmonWeb: Biological Monitoring Protocol (VIDEO)
Publisher:
Cedar Films Productions
Notes: Biological Monitoring Protocol provides a step-by-step instructions for collecting standardized samples of invertebrates, such as insects, in streams and taking an "index of biological integrity" to measure changes in stream health. SalmonWeb is a network of volunteers, information posted on the world wide web and teaching tools designed to harness and coordinate the efforts of citizen and student groups in the north west.

Title: SOS For America's Streams: A Guide to Water Quality Monitoring (VIDEO)
Publisher:
Izaak Walton League for America
Contact: Izaak Walton League
707 Conservation Lane
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
1 (800) BUG-IWLA
Notes: Provides a hands on demonstration of a stream monitoring technique including: stream pollution problem, stream sampling, identification of stream organisms, use of stream survey, and information about Adopt a Stream and becoming a stream guardian. (30 Minutes)

WATERSHEDS

Title: Adopt - A - Watershed
Contact:
Alleda Ellsworth
744 Broadway
Ulster Park, NY 12487
(845) 331-6092
Website: WATERSHEDS
Notes: Adopt-A-Watershed is doing many exciting things. They have made the overview and conceptual goals of each unit in their curriculum available online. They are beginning to publish online data they've collected on amphibians, birds, and water quality. Adopt-a-Watershed has also put together a comprehensive list of watershed education links. Check it out.

Title: Watershed Science For Educators
Contact:
Cornell University Resource Center
7 Cornell Business & Technology Park
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 255-2080
resctr@cornell.edu
Date: 2001
Notes: Written for high school and middle school teachers and students, this packet will help teachers incorporate the study of watersheds into science classes and after-school science clubs. Some of the activities include calculating discharge, sampling aquatic invertebrate life, calculating a biotic index for stream organisms, using dissolved oxygen monograph, and physical monitoring, such as measuring stream depth and velocity. Reproducible data sheets, background information for educators, worksheets, and more are included.

Title: Geography Action: Rivers 2001
Publisher:
National Geographic
Format: HTML
Website: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geographyaction/index.html
Notes: Test the depth of your students' knowledge of a river system with an interactive Flash presentation. Handouts are available to customize according to your assessment needs. Also available are three series of classroom activities entitled, "Using our Rivers," "Changing Our Rivers," and "Saving Our Rivers." Another component of Geography Action is to encourage conservation activities. A contest, with cash prizes, and a set of action activities will get you started.

Title: Visual Tools for Watershed Education - National Leadership Forum Report
Publishers:
National Environmental Education and Training Foundation and Henry P. Kendall Foundation
Date: 1999
Notes: Subjects include the following eleven presentations: "An Idea Whose Time Has Come," "The Educator's Insight - Make A Sign and Learn the Power of Visual Tools," "A Press Perspective... Public Education about Wetlands," "Symbols, Examples and Repetition ... A Watershed Communities Primer," "Critical Lessons from Meteorology ... Eyes on the Weather," "Junior Rain Drop- High Crimes and Misdemeanors in the Watersheds," "Putting the Rain Drops in Reverse," "Finding out Ecological Address through the Power of Ten," "Cyber Surfing Your Watershed ... Accessing Your Own Ecological Address," "An Ecological Address to the North ... Cook Inlet, Alaska," "Applications of Watershed Education ... Illinois, Massachusetts, and Washington D.C.," "Conclusion..."

Title: Watershed Education: Goals and Strategies for Training, Communication, and Partnerships
Authors:
Elaine Andrews, Josette Hawthorne, and Kathleen Pickering
Publishers: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Date: 1996
Notes: This report summarizes the content of discussions and presentations made at the Watershed '96 Preconference Education Symposium in Baltimore, Maryland on June 8th and 9th. The document outlines the goals and strategies generated by the symposium and are intended to provide both justification and guidance for watershed education planning and funding.

INTERNATIONAL RESOURCES

Title: World Resource Institute - Earth Trends
Website:
INTERNATIONAL RESOURCES
Notes: EarthTrends is "an environmental information portal" which includes great information about global water resources and freshwater ecosystems. Many kinds of detailed tables, maps, and databases to build your knowledge about water resources around the world. Great site for students to get information for their research projects.

Title: A Primer on Fresh Water
Publisher:
Ministry of the Environment
Contact: Environment Canada
Conservation and Economics Branch
Water Resources Directorate
Atlantic Region
4th Floor, Queen's Square
45 Alderney Drive
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
B2Y 2N6
(902) 426-3366
Date: 1993
Notes: This primer focuses on water, water quality, water conservation, and water supply in Canada. Canada has an abundant supply of water resources. They use it for the production of electricity, travel, etc., which makes it useful for studying water resources and issues in other countries.

Title: Water Resources of the United States
Publisher:
United States Geological Survey
Format: HTML
Website: Water Resources of the United States
Notes: A great source of data on surface water conditions throughout the United States.

Title: The Water Page
Publisher: Water Policy International Limited
Format: HTML
Website: The Water Page
Notes: This site was formerly known as the African water page. This independent initiative, dedicated to the promotion of sustainable water resources management and use, was established in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1996. Emphasis is placed on the development, utilization and protection of water in Africa and other developing regions.

ACTIVITIES AND CURRICULUM

Title: Stream Monitoring in the Classroom: Integration of Ecology and Environmental Science Standards Into the Living Environment Curriculum
Agencies:
US EPA, Schenectady County Community College, Greater Capital Region Teacher Center, Capital Region BOCES, Hudson Basin River Watch
Date: July 2000
Notes: Contains the following five activities: "An Introduction to Stream Monitoring in the Classroom," "A Local Watershed Inventory Using Local Maps," "Using a Dichotomous Key to Identify Common Freshwater Invertebrates," "A Collection and Analysis of Macroinvertebrates from a Local Stream to Determine Water Quality," and "Water Collection and Testing from the Stream to Determine Water Quality." These activities are adaptable for students of all ability levels and can be carried out sequentially as an environmental education unit or can be done on an individual basis as part of an existing unity.

Title: Earth Generation Program/New York Lesson Plans
Format:
World Wide Web
Contact: Rob Scott
Niagara Mohawk Power Company
300 Erie Boulevard West
Environmental Affairs
Syracuse NY 13202
(315) 428-6622
Notes: The "Earth Generation/New York Lesson Plans" is a hands-on science program addressing New York's Frameworks for Science and Math Education. The materials were developed by The Earth Generation on behalf of a partnership including the US Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Education, Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation, and the National Audubon Society. This curriculum includes the following water resource units: "Investigating Rain," "The River Network," "Pollution Prevention," "Wetlands Roundtable," and "Zebra Muscles."

Title: Regional Envirothon
Contact:
Your Regional or County Soil and Water Conservation District
Notes: An annual event designed to educate high school student teams about the natural environment through competition in an outdoor setting. Challenging topics include: soils, forestry, aquatics, wildlife and current events. Onondaga county S. W. C. D. organizes a five county event and Saratoga County Soil and Water Conservation District a three county event.

Title: Make Your Own Watershed Kit
Contact:
Make Your Own Watershed Kit
Notes: EnviroScape®'s Make Your Own Watershed Kit is modeled after the EnviroScape® models used internationally by schools and communities. The three-dimensional watershed model can be used to teach about water pollution and comes with educational activities.

Title: Water Champs: Water Quality in the Champlain Drainage Basin
Publisher: The Adirondack Park Institute
Contact: The Adirondack Park Visitor Interpretive Centers
Rte. 30 Box 3000
Paul Smiths, NY 12970-3000
Focus: Middle School Science Class
Subjects: A unit on hydrology, water pollution, and scientific method
Date: 1992
Notes: This curriculum is targeted for middle school science classes and includes units on hydrology, water pollution, and the scientific method. "Champs" is a legendary/mythological water creature that has reportedly been seen in Lake Champlain. The authors use this creature to explore the lake from another perspective.

Title: That Magnificent Groundwater Connection: A Resource Book for Grades K-6
Author: McMaster Training Associates, New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC), and US Environmental Protection Agency, Region I, New England
Contact: New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC)
255 Ballardvale Street
Wilmington, MA 01887
(508) 658-0500
Date: August 1996
Notes: This groundwater curriculum resource includes sections entitled "Basic Water Facts," "The Water Cycle," "Groundwater Basics," "Water Distribution and Treatment," "Water Stewardship," and "Resource File." The resource is based on a philosophy, one that aims to teach students "how to think" about environmental issues, rather than, "what to think". It uses a interdisciplinary, "learner discovery" approach and the format of the activities reflects this. Background information, objectives, and separate teaching strategies are included for different age groups.

Title: Wetlands Education through Maps and Aerial Photography
Notes:
WETMAAP uses a geographic approach that combines aerial photography, topographic maps, manual, and computerized Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for wetland habitat assessment. Educational resources for middle school students including lesson plans (correlated to National Learning Standards), slide shows, assessment tools and resources for teachers.

Title: Conserve Water Educator's Guide
Contact:
Conserve Water
1 (406) 994-5392.
Notes: This 308-page guide is is made available by Project WET U.S.A. for educators of young people in grades 4 -12. The guide contains fifteen water conservation activities, 10 case studies, and a variety of reference information. There is a companion to this guide called Conserve Water KIDs (Kids In Discovery Series). It is a 16-page activity booklet and is also available from Conserve Water.

Title: The Water Source Book
Format:
Adobe Acrobat
Publisher: Water Environment Federation
Contact: 601 Wythe Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-1994
1 (800) 666-0206
Website: http://www.wef.org/
Notes: The Water Education Federation has resources for elementary, secondary, and college students and teachers. There are few nice elementary and secondary education activities from the "Water Source Book" available free of charge in adobe format in English and Spanish. The activities cover the following subjects: Water Meter Reader, Indicating Insects, Aquifers and Recharge Areas, Wastewater Treatment, Water Careers, Biography of a River, Groundwater Basics, From Ground to Water, What's the Level?, What Goes On Down Under?, Do You Drink It?, Hydraulic Head, Flow Nets, Groundwater: Cleaning Up, What is Groundwater Pollution Doing to the Neighborhood?, Radon in Water, Landfills and the Potential For Groundwater Contamination, Leaking Underground Storage Tanks. The activities include coloring activities and model constructions, and are organized by grade levels so they are easy to use.

Title: Water: The Drop of Life (VIDEO)
Contact:
PBS (Public Broadcasting Services)
Website: http://www.pbs.org/whatson/press/fall/water.html
Notes: The Water Environment Federation has a limited number of "Water: The Drop of Life" video sets available to water education programs. Through film footage and interviews with world leaders, the six-part PBS documentary series explores water's sacred and spiritual value; its daily use in home, farms, and industries; and the human quest to find and conserve water through a variety of ancient and new technologies. Videos are free while supplies last!

Title: Hydro-Explorer Comes to Your Home
Publisher: U.S. Department of Interior
Format: Downloadable macro-media document
Website: Hydro-Explorer Comes to Your Home
Notes: Water Share offers a free downloadable game called "Hydro Explorer Comes to Your Home." This game is a primer on water conservation and pollution prevention for kids five to ten. Children guide a submarine through the a through the water cycle and a watershed, through sewers and a water treatment plant. When the submarine enters the home children must guide the submarine through various household appliances. Various choices must be made to conserve or waste water. Good decisions are rewarded with a thumbs up and poor decisions with a thumbs down. Very Cool!

Title: Water Learn
Publisher:
U.S. Department of Interior
Format: html
Website: Water Learn
Notes: Water Learn is divided into three sections including "naturewater," "urbanwater," and "agriwater". To supplement these educational units Watershare has added a catalog of water images and teacher's resource page to help teachers integrate these units into their classroom curriculum.

Title: Water Wise: Lessons in Water Resources
Authors:
Elizabeth Moran and Marianne Krasny
Publisher: Cornell Cooperative Extension
Date: 1989
Contact:The Resource Center
Cornell University
PO box 3884
Ithaca, NY 14852-3884
(607) 255-2080
Cost: $9.95
Code: 147ww
Website:The Cornell Cooperative Extension
Notes: "The overall goal of this material is to increase the awareness and knowledge of young people about the nature of water, and to suggest ways they can take part in preserving this essential resource. Water wise is designed to be used by classroom teachers with the fifth and six grades, and by instructors in other group settings with youngsters between the ages of ten and twelve, many of the activities are suitable for older youth. The content of Water Wise focuses on the water cycle, the aquatic environment, and the causes, effects, and prevention of water pollution."

Title: WETNET: An Environmental Curriculum Dealing with Wetlands
Publisher:
Partnerships for an Environmentally Sound Future
Authors: The Adirondacks Teacher Center, the Adirondack Park Visitor Interpretive Center, and the Adirondack Park Institute.
Notes: I could not find a date or contact information for this publication. However, it has several learning objectives.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Title: Educating Young People About Water: A Guide to Goals and Resources
Contact:
Elaine Andrews
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Environmental Resources Center
216 Agriculture Hall
1450 Linden Drive
Madison, WI. 53706
Date: December, 1992
Notes: This is a great document for planning and developing water based education units. Complete lists of water quality education topics and major subtopics, water education goals for youth, and instructional format choices and academic disciplines for youth water curriculum. It also includes a comprehensive review of water based curriculum by state and region. An key planning document.

Title: Nature at Your Doorstep, Real World Investigations for Primary Students
Website:
Nature at Your Doorstep
Notes: Nature at Your Doorstep, published by Teacher Ideas Press, provides tips to elementary school teachers (K-5) and to parents on using the hands-on, inquiry-based approach to learning out of doors. Educators build young learners' scientific knowledge and skills, while sharing with them the wonder of nature. Engaging activities are simple enough for students to perform in their schoolyard or in their own backyards.

Title: The Polaroid Education Program
Contact:
Kim Radetzki
Polaroid
575 Technology Square, 2nd Floor
Cambridge MA 02139
Website: http://digitalimage.polaroid.com/play/edu/index.html
Notes: The Polaroid Education Program (PEP) is a unique partnership between Polaroid, the education community, and independent educators who believe in and communicate the value of visual learning. We offer support through programs and products for daycare providers and teachers (Pre K-12). Workshops can be arranged in your school on topics ranging from "Teaching visual information production and handling skills to students" to "Improved classroom management."

Title: Healthy Water, Healthy People
Publisher:
The Watercourse
Contact: Program Coordinator
(406) 994-5263
healthywater@montana.edu
Website: Healthy Water, Healthy People
Notes: This national water quality education program offers secondary level and upper elementary publications with innovative, interactive activities developed in the same process and format as Project WET materials. A selection of water quality testing kits, instructor's manuals, training, and networking opportunities all support the activity guide and allow for deeper investigation and understanding of water quality issues. Sponsored by Project WET and the Hach Scientific Foundation.


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