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Project WET

About Project WET

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Wisconsin values its water resources! With almost 15,000 lakes, 33,000 miles of rivers and streams and 5.3 million acres of wetlands within its borders, Wisconsin needs to protect these waterways. Project WET is a nonprofit water education program and publisher for educators and young people ages 5-18. The program is organized nationally, but delivered on a statewide basis. It is designed to facilitate and promote awareness, appreciation, knowledge and stewardship of water resources through the dissemination of classroom-ready teaching aids.

The core of the program is the Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide (Grades K-12), a collection of water-related, fun, hands-on and easy-to-use activities. The 90-plus activities incorporate a variety of formats such as large and small group learning, laboratory investigations, discussion of local and global topics, and involvement in community service projects. Supplementary resources are available to complement and enrich many of the activities.

How Project WET works

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Project WET believes in training. People are introduced to Project WET materials at workshops conducted by a statewide network of facilitators in Wisconsin. We can match you with a facilitator in your area. A Project WET Workshop is an exciting, engaging and powerful learning experience, where educators of all disciplines receive the latest Project WET materials, learn to teach water education activities and walk away inspired.

Project WET Beliefs

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  • Water moves through living and nonliving systems and binds them together in a complex web of life.
  •  Water of sufficient quality and quantity is important for all water users.
  •  Wise water management is crucial for providing tomorrow's children with social and economic stability in a healthy environment.
  •  Awareness of and respect for water resources can encourage a personal, lifelong commitment of responsibility and positive community participation.


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Check out this compilation of sample Project WET lessons, additional resources for water education in Wisconsin, links to standards correlations and other state and national resources! 



For questions about this information, contact Victoria Rydberg (608) 266-0419