Project WET is a nationally developed, supplementary water education program for educators -- public and private school teachers, youth club leaders, museum staff and others. DEQ trains approximately 1,000 teachers each year using a corps of volunteer facilitators and local sponsors who distribute free curriculum guides at six-hour workshops. Other curriculum materials can be ordered directly from national Project WET
Project WET is designed to teach students how to think, rather than what to think. Special emphasis is given to understanding the needs for water by all water users (e.g., municipalities, farmers and ranchers, power suppliers, industry, recreationists, and fish and wildlife). The program also shows that wise water management is essential to the future social and economic prosperity of our country.
Project WET addresses atmospheric water, surface water, ground water, cultural and historical uses of water, and contemporary water management issues such as nonpoint source pollution. Professionally developed teaching aids are hands-on, self-contained, and user-friendly.
In Virginia, in conjunction with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, leads the program. Workshops are hosted by local sponsors. View the map.
Available Project WET resources:
Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0 is a 592-page book with lessons for K-12 science, math, social studies and language arts. These are available in six-hour teacher training workshops.
If you want to attend a WET workshop, or schedule a WET workshop as a facilitator contact Page Hutchinson. Please check the VA Naturally Calendar of Events.
Science Standards of Learning correlated activities and Virginia adaptations to Incredible Journey and Common Water.
Discover Water, a new interactive site for students, lets them explore the role of water in their lives.
A wide variety of materials, developed by national Project WET, are available to enhance your water education program. Visit the Project WET store to order publications, maps, water test kits, student booklets and curriculum guides.
Facilitators can download the Project WET banner and print to the specifications you need. If you need assistance, please contact Jennifer Underwood. Facilitator Forms for download: