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Project WET has developed a rich curriculum of interactive, science-based activities to encourage preschool through high school learners in both formal and non-formal settings to think critically about water in all its forms: quality, resources, conservation, and management.

Educator guidebooks contain interactive, hands-on lessons that meet Next Generation Science Standards of the science classroom but can also be easily incorporated into other school subjects and programs in museums, camps, 4-H, scout troops, and more. Workshops offer training on how to use the guidebooks with accompanying online resources, career, and STEM extensions.

Workshop participants can earn continuing education hours through their attendance. The Indiana Department of Education recognizes attendance hours as points earned toward a Personal Growth Plan.

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  • What is a Project WET Workshop in Indiana?

    Water connects us all through living and non-living systems. Project WET explores how to teach people about water conservation and sustainable management. In Indiana, we focus our training to water resources as it relates to our native wildlife and tailor our workshops based on our educators’ needs. Project WET curriculum and activity guides:

    • Are easy to use
    • Work indoors or outdoors
    • Correlate with Common Core Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and Indiana State Standards
    • Develop students’ conceptual skills such as analysis, classification, description, estimation, evaluation, inference, hypothesis formation, and problem solving
  • Why attend a workshop?

    Our workshops are designed for educators in both formal and non-formal settings. During the workshop, participants engage through professional development. Contact hours gained during a workshop are eligible for teachers to apply towards their Professional Growth Plan (PGP). The framework of this workshop is to provide educators with:

    • An unbiased approach to basic water resource management practices
    • Hands-on curriculum & an activity guide
    • Interdisciplinary lessons
    • Scientific information
    • Techniques and methods to teach problem solving and decision-making skills
  • Who can use Project WET?
    • General Classroom teachers – Pre-K through 12; all subjects
    • Specialist Teachers – GT, Special Ed, ELL
    • Educators in non-formal settings – nature centers, museums, zoos, parks
    • Children/youth leaders – scouts, camps, youth groups
  • What are the Project WET Curriculum & Activity Guides?

    Project WET K-12 Curriculum & Activity Guide contains 64 activities concentrating on physical and chemical properties of water, the water cycle, water in life systems, water in earth systems, water as a resource, managing water resources, and water in social and cultural constructs. Project WET cover

    Workshop Information:

    • 6-hour minimum
    • No fee* (in support by federal sport fish restoration funds)
    • May also be offered in conjunction with Aquatic WILD workshops

    Healthy Water, Healthy People Curriculum & Activity Guide contains 25 activities on how to investigate water quality and learn how to protect local waterways.Healthy Water, Healthy People

    Workshop Information:

    • 6-hour minimum
    • No fee* (in support by federal sport fish restoration funds)

    WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands K-12 Curriculum & Activity Guide contains 40 activities exploring the wonders of wetland habitat as these ecosystems clean waterways, provide resources for wildlife, and supply our food chains.WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands

    Workshop Information:

    • 6-hour minimum
    • No fee* (in support by federal sport fish restoration funds)

    Getting Little Feet WET is an early childhood (ages 3-6) Curriculum & Activity Guide: contains 11 activities for young learners to explore different aspects of water—from water properties to water sounds. Getting Little Feet WET

    Workshop Information:

    • 4-hour minimum
    • May also be offered in conjunction with Growing Up WILD workshop
    • No fee* (in support by federal sport fish restoration funds)

    Climate, Water & Resilience Guide contains 9 science-based activities covering various phenomena encompassed by climate change.Climate, Water & Resilience Guide cover

    • 4 hour minimum
    • No fee* (in support by federal sport fish restoration funds)

    The guides incorporate water-related concepts into classroom curriculum, and each activity is designed to teach one or more of the following concepts:

    • Awareness and appreciation of water resource
    • Human values and water demand
    • Aquatic habitat and ecological systems
    • Wildlife and water conservation
    • Cultural and social interaction with water resource
    • Environmental issues and trends, alternatives and consequences, ecological systems
    • Responsible human actions related to water

    Each guide includes quick-reference indices as well as a glossary of terms.

    *note that fees may vary depending on funding or extras included

  • What are the education standards?

    Project WET recognizes that its materials must follow education standards to stay relevant in the classroom. The curriculum guides follow:

    • Indiana Academic Standards
    • Common Core State Standards for English/Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects
    • National Science Education Standards
    • Next Generation Science Standards
    • Benchmarks for Science Literacy, Project 2061
    • Excellence in Environmental Education Guidelines for Learning (K-12)
    • Academic Vocabulary

    Getting Little Feet WET (ages 3-6) materials are correlated to:

    • Early Learning, Indiana Academic Standards
    • Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework
    • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Accreditation
    • North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)
    • Common Core State Standards
    • Next Generation Science Standards
  • How was Project WET developed?
    • Follows a conceptual framework that was developed through a rigorous process to ensure its accuracy, balance, and educational validity
    • Written by classroom teachers and other educators, university faculty, resource agency personnel, representatives of private conservation groups and other community representatives
    • Was extensively field tested and evaluated for student achievement. The program continues to be monitored and evaluated with changes made to the materials to respond to educator feedback and incorporate new information
    • Each activity has been kid-tested and teacher-approved
  • Who recognizes Project WET?
    • Indiana DNR, Division of Fish & Wildlife
    • Eligible for teacher’s Professional Growth Plan (PGP)
    • North American Association for Environmental Education
    • National Science Teachers Association
    • Association of Educational Publishers Distinguished Achievement Awards

    For a full list of publication awards, please visit Project WET Foundation website at

  • Where can you find a workshop?
    • Educators can register for upcoming workshops on our DNR calendar. If there is not an upcoming workshop or if you would like one tailored to your education needs, we can arranged a workshop for you! Contact us with a minimum of 15 or more people that would attend a workshops and we can organize a training in a location and on a date at your convenience.

  • Additional Resources

    Indiana State Parks provide educational programs on-site and off-site. Each program is designed for students and groups to learn more about native wildlife in Indiana. To learn more visit State Parks School and Group Program website.

Indiana Project WET Contact

Workshops are FUN, FREE, and a FAVORITE of educators throughout the state.

Interested in having a workshop in your area or becoming a facilitator to train other educators?
Have more questions?

Email Kathy Madren, Project WET State Coordinator,

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