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Aquatic WILD
From Project WILD and Council for Environmental Education
http://www.projectwild.org/projectwildwebsite/aquatic/
Water in all its forms is one of the most dramatic of today's arenas in which informed, responsible, and constructive actions are needed. Aquatic WILD uses the simple, successful format of Project WILD activities and professional training workshops but with an emphasis on aquatic wildlife and aquatic ecology. The Aquatic WILD program and curriculum guide is available to formal and nonformal educators who attend an Aquatic WILD training through our Project WILD state partners. For more information, click on “Get Training.”

Climate Change Poses Existential Water Risks
From National Geographic
http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2015/02/17/climate-change-poses-existential-water-risks/
The primary way we will experience climate change is through the water cycle – through droughts, floods, depleted rivers, shrinking reservoirs, dried-out soils, melting glaciers, loss of snowpack and overall shortages of water to grow our food and supply our cities.

Drought for Kids
From the National Drought Mitigation Center
http://drought.unl.edu/DroughtforKids.aspx
What is drought? How does drought affect our lives: How do people study drought? How can we protect ourselves from drought?

Drought Resources for K-12 Students and Educators
From the National Drought Mitigation Center
http://drought.unl.edu/Planning/ResourcesbySector/K12.aspx
Drought-related resources include fact sheets, activities, websites and curricula about water conservation, the water cycle, climatology, paleoclimatology, the Dust Bowl, and more. Also check out the Drought for Kids section of the NDMC website for additional information.

Every Kid in a Park
http://www.nationalparks.org/ook/every-kid-in-a-park
During the 2015-2016 school year, each and every 4th grade student across the country will have access to a pass for free admission to national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges and more. 

Fish Anatomy
http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r6/learning/kids/?cid=fsbdev2_027478
From the USDA Forest Service
Fish are AMAZING creatures! Fish live, eat, and BREATHE in the water! Do fish actually breathe the WATER? Not really. Fish have a different way of getting air than we do--they filter it OUT of the water with GILLS. If people could do that, we could stay underwater all day too! But to swim as well as they do, we'd have to grow strong tails and fins!

i-Tree Design
http://www.itreelearn.org
From the USDA Forest Service
i-Tree Design allows anyone to make a simple estimation of the benefits provided by individual trees. With inputs of location, species, tree size, and condition, users will receive an understanding of tree benefits related to greenhouse gas mitigation, air quality improvements, and stormwater interception. 

Our Scientists’ Card Series
From the Natural Inquirer, USDA Forest Service
http://www.naturalinquirer.org/Scientists-v-92.html
Scientists are people who collect and evaluate information about a wide range of topics. Teachers and others can use these cards to bring students deeper into the world of scientists. Students will read and learn about many different scientists within the U.S. Forest Service, including what type of scientists they are, where they received their education, and what the scientists feel are important characteristics of scientists. The students will also learn when each scientist knew they wanted to become a scientist, what their most exciting discovery is, the various types of equipment and technology they use, and examples of research questions they answer. 

Surf Your Watershed
From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
http://cfpub.epa.gov/surf/locate/index.cfm
Find your watershed using a simple form. Once you locate your watershed, simply click on the first link, “citizen-based groups at work in this watershed,” to find a listing of organizations that are working to protect water quality. You may wish to contact one of these groups to find out about cleanups, monitoring activities, restoration projects and other activities.

Swimming Upstream: Freshwater Fish in a Warming World
From the National Wildlife Federation
https://www.nwf.org/pdf/Reports/NWF-Swimming%20Upstream-082813-B.pdf
Changing climate poses new risks for our treasured freshwater fish resources. Warming waters mean lost habitat for cold-water species, the likely encroachment of species typically found in warmer areas, and exacerbation of existing stressors such as habitat loss, pollution, invasive species, and disease. More extreme weather events – especially longer and more intense droughts, heat waves, wildfires, and floods – mean increased likelihood of fish mortality. Shorter winters with less snow and ice cover mean shifts in stream flow and water availability through the spring and summer months, as well as lost opportunities for ice fishing. We need to act swiftly to protect our fishing heritage.

Trees Tame Stormwater
From the Arbor Day Foundation
https://www.arborday.org/trees/stormwater.cfm
In this interactive poster, see how rain refreshes the land and nourishes the green landscape. But as houses, stores, schools, roads and parking lots spread and natural tree cover is lost, so is the absorbing effect of vegetation and soil. The welcome rain becomes costly stormwater runoff. Without the benefit of trees and vegetated infrastructure, waterways are polluted as oils, heavy metal particles and other harmful substances are washed away. Fish and wildlife suffer, drinking water becomes expensive or impossible to reclaim, property values are reduced, and our living environment is degraded.

USGS Current Water Data for the Nation
From the US Geological Survey
http://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/rt
Click on a state and river to get real-time data on streamflow, groundwater, and water quality.
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NOAA National Weather Service
From the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Services
http://water.weather.gov/ahps/
Click on a state and river to get real-time data on streamflow. Both of these web sites will help you determine if a stream or river is safe for recreation.

USGS Water Science School
From US Geological Survey
http://water.usgs.gov/edu/
Find 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.

Water Journeys
From the Wyland Foundation and NEXT.cc
http://www.wylandfoundation.org/p/waterjourneys
The Wyland Foundation has partnered with NEXT.cc to provide the following water journeys to reach young people, their teachers and their families with meaningful learning experiences that create positive influences in their lives.  Resources are available about water, waves, watershed, water quality, water conservation, precipitation, rainwater harvesting, rain gardens, clouds, climate, rivers, Great Lakes, oceans, coral reefs, aquaponics and water taxis.

Waters (By Type)
From the US Environmental Protection Agency
http://water.epa.gov/type/
EPA’s Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water (OGWDW), together with states, tribes, and its many partners, protects public health by ensuring safe drinking water and protecting ground water. OGWDW, along with EPA's ten regional drinking water programs, oversees implementation of the Safe Drinking Water Act, which is the national law safeguarding tap water in America.

Watershed
From the USDA Forest Service
http://www.fs.fed.us/biology/watershed/index.html
Check out all of the watershed resources from the USDA Forest Service.

Watersheds & Wetlands
From the USDA Forest Service
http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r6/learning/kids/?cid=fsbdev2_027479
watershed is a system of water that all comes together. For example, when it rains, you can often see little streams of water running along a street gutter or across a parking lot. These flow into larger streams and finally into puddles or sewage pipes or maybe even into a real stream or river. The watershed for the puddle or sewage pipe or stream, would include all of the small trickles and streams that flow into it, as well as all of the ground that they flow over!

Waterviz
http://waterviz.org/index.php
WaterViz for Hubbard Brook represents the nexus between the hydrologic sciences, visual arts, music, and information design. Hydrologic data, captured from a small watershed at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in the White Mountains of New Hampshire using an array of environmental sensors, is transmitted to the internet and used to drive a computer model that calculates all components of the water cycle for the catchment in real time. These data, in turn, drive artistic visualizations and sonifications of the water cycle, reflecting the hydrologic processes occurring at that moment in time. It is our hope that these information expressions will allow people anywhere in the world to intuit the dynamic inputs, outputs, and storage of water in this small, upland forested watershed as they are occurring. 

WET in the City
http://www.wetcity.org/
WET in the City is an urban environmental education program of the Council for Environmental Education (CEE) that focuses on water resources. WET in the City engages K-12 youth in hands-on activities that creatively explore the science of water, its cultural context, and complex issues surrounding its management and stewardship. The program targets urban educators with relevant, localized water education through a network of partners.

 

Partners

USDA Forest Service Prince William Network FSNatureLIVE
Freshwaters Illustrated Planet Lab Nature Watch Discover the Forest Natural Inquirer