• is an environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators working with children from kindergarten through grade 12.
  • is a source of interdisciplinary instructional activities and provides workshops and in-service programs for teachers, natural resource professionals, park and nature center staff and youth group leaders.
  • works in the city and in the country, whether there is a stream, lake, or pond. Project WET focuses on water resources as they relate to human needs and the natural world.
  • is a tool for helping young people gain an understanding of their impact on the world around them.

Program Offerings

Project WET workshops are intended for K-12 teachers and environmental educators. Our emphasis is to help teachers implement environmental education/water topics into their existing curriculum and environmental educators implement activities into their programming.

Continuing education workshops, for those teachers who have had Project WET training, focusing on classroom management, assessment strategies, integrating WET activities into existing curriculum and across subject areas, discussion groups on how to better use the activities within the classroom.

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The goal of Project WET is to facilitate and promote awareness, appreciation, knowledge, and stewardship of water resources through the development and dissemination of classroom-ready teaching aids and through the establishment of state and internationally sponsored Project WET programs.

Project WET believes:

  • To help students learn how to think and not what to think.
  • 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 (energy producers, farmers and ranchers, fish and wildlife, manufacturers, recreationalists, rural and urban dwellers).
  • Sustainable 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.

In support of the stated goal, Project WET is guided by the following objectives:

  • Research: To stay abreast of emerging state and national water education trends and standards, and to stay in touch with the educational needs of citizens.
  • Publications: To produce and publish creative and informative materials to meet the needs identified through research.
  • Instruction and Training: To provide leadership training and instruction to ensure that materials and services are fully utilized, and to foster grass-roots participants in their capacities to educate others.
  • Networking and Partnerships (WETnet): To form partnerships with organizations to enhance awareness, distribution, and use of materials and services.
  • Evaluation: To improve the program through an aggressive ongoing, and multifaceted evaluation program.
    Recognition: To seek ways to acknowledge and recognize people and organizations for their contributions to water education.

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Project WET is a volunteer program that works in conjunction with local school districts, state agencies, and natural resource organizations. State coordinators and advisory committees guide the development of the program and select and train workshop leaders. Project WET is sponsored nationally by The Project WET Foundation.

From September 1992 through April 1993, over 300 educators, resource managers, and specialists from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. territories, and Canada participated in eight regional writing workshops. Guided by the Project WET activity format, participants produced more than 500 activities. In 2008, Project WET initiated work on Project WET 2.0 and the newly updated activity guide was ready in 2011. It contains brand new activites, along with the “best of the best” from our other WET publications. Written by teachers for teachers, the Project WET Curriculum & Activity Guide is “teacher friendly.” The activities cut across many disciplines in the study of water and water resources. Educators may easily organize activities into units of study or pick and choose their individual favorites.

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Missouri History

Project WET came to Missouri in 1995 when it gained support from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Joe Pitts from DNR was the first State Coordinator and played an important role in getting Missouri Project WET started, as well as building the program. He was also part of the team that wrote the first Project WET guide. One teacher, Herb Turner from Waynesville High School, field tested the activities from the WET activities and provided input before the final edition was sent to press. Missouri Project WET has seen growth in terms of numbers of facilitators trained to conduct workshops. These facilitators do workshops to train teachers and other educators, who in turn use the activities within the formal classroom with students or with other groups at state parks, educational facilities and programs.

Currently, Missouri Project WET is supported by several groups in Southwest Missouri, who are all involved with water issues. Missouri State University, the City of Springfield, Greene County and the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks all support Missouri Project WET, with offices housed at Missouri State University and the Watershed Center.

Missouri Project WET will continue to serve the needs of all educators and provide resources to help students understand the importance of water.

National History

Project WET is a nonprofit water education program located in Bozeman, Montana.The original WET program was established in 1984 by the North Dakota State Water Commission. in 1989, the director of Project WET was invited by Montana State University–with the funding from the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation–to duplicate the original North Dakota program in Montana, Idaho, and later, Arizona. The success of this pilot multi-state initiative led to a decision to develop a national Project WET program.

In 1990, the Council for Environmental Education, (formerly the Western Regional Environmental Education Council) became an official cosponsor, in partnership with The Watercourse, of Project WET. Currently, the Project WET Foundation sponsors the Project WET Program.

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