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Project WET training Focused on Walker Lake and Walker River Basin

Posted 8/22/2008

The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Mineral County hosted a Project WET workshop for local teachers and community educators on August 14 and 15, 2008 in Hawthorne.

Project WET Photo

(From left to right) Linda Dow, Hawthorne
Elementary, Shannon Stockton, Pyramid
Lake High School, and Chris Bartley,
Mineral County High School have built
an aquifer in cup that can be demonstrated
in the classroom to discuss water resources.

The mission of Project WET is to reach children, parents, educators, and communities of the world with water education. Nevada Division of Water Planning Project WET Coordinator Mary Kay Riedl and UNCE Extension Educator Staci Emm taught the workshop focusing on water resources and water festival activities and lessons that are useful for water education in the Walker River Basin and Walker Lake. In addition, Maxine Emm, Silver Springs Elementary School and author of Celebrating Nevada Indians, taught an hour lesson focusing on the American Indian culture on the Walker River.

Participants left the workshop with curriculums and materials to implement water education into the classroom. Project WET activities engage students with hands-on, interdisciplinary lessons that teach important concepts about water. Project WET activities are designed to satisfy the goals of educational programs by complementing existing curricula rather than displacing or adding more concepts. Project WET activities provide many opportunities to address curricular objectives and educational standards.

The goal of Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) is to promote awareness, appreciation, and knowledge of our water resources. For more information about Project Wet, visit www.projectwet.org.

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