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Wetlands Education for Students and Teachers

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Teaching Guides and Materials

  • Coastal Louisiana Coloring Book
  • Fragile Fringe: A Guide for Teaching About Coastal Wetlands, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Green Teacher is a magazine by and for educators to enhance environmental and global education across the curriculum at all grade levels.
  • Journey North: A global study of wildlife migration.
  • Kids and Classrooms - The National Gardening Association's forum for teachers, teacher educators and community partners interested in using plants and gardens to enrich learning.
  • Water Cycle At Work (Coming Soon!)
  • Water Drops: Download recent issues full of fun facts, games and projects for kids to learn about our water environment. (Coming Soon!)
  • Water Resources Outreach Program Water Education Posters: Water-resources topics of all completed posters are drawn in a cartoon format by the same cartoonist. Posters are available in color or black and white. The reverse sides of the color posters contain educational activities: one version for children in grades 3-5 and the other with activities for children in grades 6-8.
  • Wetlands Reading List: An annotated list of reading material for students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12.
  • WOW!: The Wonders Of Wetlands: A comprehensive, interdisciplinary curriculum guide for educators of grade levels K-12. The latest edition, co-published in 1995 by Environmental Concern and The Watercourse (Bozeman, MT), includes over 50 fun and effective learning-activities for both indoor and outdoor use.

Education Programs

  • Audubon Adventures is a curriculum enhancement program used primarily in grades 4 through 6 to teach children science, environmental topics and respect for nature and to practice language and communication skills.
  • A World in Our Backyard: A Wetlands Education and Stewardship Program suggests ways to study wetland characteristics, why wetlands are important, and how students and teachers can help protect a local wetland.
  • Cornell BirdSleuth gives students a background in bird biology, bird behavior and data analysis; fosters interest in science and nurtures scientific thinking; uses the latest advances in computer technology; familiarizes students with the Internet; uses writing and art to display students' research; and incorporates the National Science Education Standards.
  • Give Water a Hand is a national watershed education program designed to involve young people in local environmental service projects.
  • Handbook for Wetlands Conservation and Sustainability: This 288-page handbook explains wetland ecology, functions and values. It provides tips for organizing your community to monitor, conserve and restore local wetlands. Includes wetland definitions, ecology, functions and values, monitoring instructions, wetland project ideas, regulatory avenues for wetland protection, case studies and an updated and extensive resource section.
  • Nature Mapping Program trains individuals to become aware of their natural resources and to provide the tools to inventory and monitor their resources.
  • Project Learning Tree (PLT ) is an interdisciplinary environmental education program for educators working with students in PreK through grade 12. PLT helps students gain awareness and knowledge of the natural and built environment, their place within it, as well as their responsibility for it.
  • Project WET has dedicated itself to the mission of reaching children, parents, teachers and community members of the world with water education, including wetland education. 
  • Project Wild is an interdisciplinary conservation and education program emphasizing wildlife.
  • Schoolyard Habitats invites students, teachers, administrators and the surrounding community to become involved in the life sustaining process of growing, caring for and learning from a habitat on a school campus.
  • WETMAAP: Wetland Education Through Maps And Aerial Photography introduces educators and students to wetland habitats' functions and values, wetland mapping, digital databases and GIS technology; assists educators with the integration of wetland issues into existing curricula; promotes public awareness of wetland loss issues; and provides an understanding of the cause and effect of wetland change.


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