It's never too early to get involved in protecting the global water environment!

The Water Palooza Toolkit

The Water Palooza Toolkit is a collection of simple hands-on activities that water professionals can take into schools and other appropriate venues to educate children about water.  Each description includes all the information you'll need to plan and execute a fun water-related activity, whether for your child's class, an Earth Day festival, a utility open house and more. More information about Water Palooza and free Water Palooza Toolkit of activities.

Work for Water

At Work for Water, students and job seekers can explore green careers, and utilities will find a clearinghouse of resources for recruiting in the wonderful world of water.

Free, Downloadable Coloring Book for Grades 1-3

Download and print out the new coloring book, Catch a Ride on the Water Cycle. Now also available in Spanish.

Stockholm Junior Water Prize

It's never too early to start planning your water research project for the Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition. For a list of potential research topics, visit the Stockholm Junior Water Prize page.

Supplemental Resources

Following the Flow: An Inside Look at Wastewater Treatment (PDF)
A brand new 11-page, full color illustrated booklet available for download at no charge.

National Engineers Week
Explore the world of engineering - activities, competitions, and career information.

Resources From Associations, Educational Organizations and More

 Government Websites | Organizations and Associations | Regional Resources | Other Resources | 

Government Websites

Environment Canada:  Information on freshwater, groundwater, lakes, rivers, water properties, water conservation, water efficiency, water use, water supply, legislation, surface water, inland waters, drinking water, transboundary issues, modeling, water quality, pollution, aquatic ecosystems, water resource economics, history, Great Lakes, water export issues and fun activities for students in English and French.

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality:  Information and resources on water issues, pollution prevention.

Global Hydrology and Climate Center: Great information and resources site.

National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): Office of Response & Restoration site about oil spills, hazardous chemical accidents and experiments.

State of Kentucky:  Water links, federal agencies, and water web resources. 

Texas Water Development Board: **Note: You will need to have certain software installed on your computer in order to view some pages on this website.**  Offers interactive tools and games for both adults and children.  Provides a variety of information about water usage in Texas, including an explanation of water terms (rainfall, floods, underground water, etc.).

United States Department of Agriculture
:  Agriculture and water, databases, and resources in Spanish and English.

United States Environmental Protection Agency:  Environmental protection information in English and Spanish including an Explorers Club for students.

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Organizations and Associations

Center for Watershed Protection:  Information, publications, and technical information on watersheds and stormwater management.

Earth 911:  Good array of basic information on water quality, conservation, stormwater, and other water issues with many activities at all grade levels primary through high school.

Environmental Defense Fund:  Environmental scorecard with search engine covering many issues of concern throughout the United States.

Environmental Literacy Council:  Basic information on water, oceans, rivers, water quality and supply including maps and teaching materials.

Natural Resources Defense Council:  Information on water pollution, drinking water, oceans, water conservation and restoration, everglades, and resource links.

National Wildlife Federation: Environmental Education links, fun activities, interactive games, water cycle, fish food, student and classroom activities titled Clean the rain, Saving our watersheds, Lake Superior, Prince William Sound, Texas water for wildlife, The forgotten Chattahoochee River.

Sierra Club:  Clean Water and Wetlands focus with resource links.

UNESCO:  Information about water issues worldwide with list of links and resources in multiple languages - English, Spanish, French (some stuff in Arabic, Chinese, Russian).

Watershed Watch:  Information in English and Spanish on protecting our creeks and bay including What is a watershed, what’s important about watersheds, what’s the problem, easy ways to prevent watershed pollution, how to enjoy watersheds, school outreach, and a resource guide.

World Water Council: The International water policy think tank, an international membership organization with information for the public on the world water forum, water action unit, information on water and climate change, water, food and environment, and financing water infrastructures.

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Regional Resources

Cawthron:  Information on water specific to New Zealand including school resources, downloads, photo gallery and search engine.

City of Arlington, Texas: A library for classrooms on water quality with fun activities and local water information.

Contra Costa Water District: Water conservation, water quality education and Just for Kids pages.

El Porvenir:  Information about water projects in Nicaragua, community projects in sustainable infrastructure - wells, latrines, and reforestation in rural Nicaraguan villages.

Elkhorn Slough Foundation:  Information about the Elkhorn slough, education programs regarding the slough, natural history of the slough, students corner with some games.

Great Lakes Information Network:  Teaching resource, information and links to resources in the Great Lakes states.

Louisville Water Company:  Where's the Water, H20 IQ, Let's Go Surfin, Pure Tap Pictures, Water For People, Water Wizard, Teacher's Tools, information and experiments on local water quality and wastewater treatment.

Texas Water Resources Institute: Resources about Texas water with search engine.

UK Rivers Network:  Resources for rivers and inland waters in the UK and Ireland with a map of stressed out areas worldwide, educational pages, local campaigns, and a news archive.

Water Net:  Information about the role of water in conflict and cooperation with main focus on the Israeli-Palestinian water conflict, the Jordan River basin and Southern Africa with resource links to organizations and institutions.

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Other Resources

Care2:  List of resources on water pollution and treatment, oceans, rivers, watersheds, and water conservation.

Dept. of Atmospheric Sciences (DAS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign:  Online guides and CD products covering meteorology including clouds, precipitation, el nino, and hydrologic cycle.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Drinking Water:  A comprehensive resource on drinking water issues.

Marshall Brain's How Stuff Works:  A variety of topics on how water works.

Medline National Library of Medicine:  Large collection with search engine of resource information on drinking water.

Montana State University:  List of resource links.

National Institutes for Water Resources:  Research institutes in 54 states/regions, resources on water quality.

National Science Foundation:  Water on the Web - data, information, and tools to collect and study water appropriate for higher grade levels.

North Carolina State University:  Basic information on wetlands, classifications, definitions, and functions with glossary of terms and list of resource links.

Our Planet: Informational articles in English, Spanish, and French submitted by experts in the field with a focus on oceans including an atlas of Population and the Environment.

OZ Green: An Australian community action project to restore the environment.

Pacific Institute:  Extensive list of resource links and water data. 

Safe Drinking Water is Essential: A thorough overview of safe drinking water.  Includes details on the source of drinking water, water treatment, and the distribution of water as well as a global map depicting the availability of safe drinking water worldwide.  Includes video and flash animation.  Great for adults as well as children ages 12 and up.  Brought to you by the Global Health and Education Foundation and the National Academy of Sciences. 

Stockholm International Water Institute:  Umbrella organization for global water related scientific activities initiated in Sweden, Water Symposium, Water Prize, publications and reports and links in English and Swedish.

Texas Parks and Wildlife: Extensive list of links to water resources.

Think Quest:  Information on water & management, science, nature, life, and water symbolism in five languages - English, Dutch, Spanish, German, Portuguese.

UNICEF:  Information on water, environment and sanitation, publications, voices of youth, and other useful resources in English, Spanish and French.

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization: Information and resources in English, French and Spanish on global water issues with search engine. 

University of Wisconsin Environmental Resources Center:  Information on how to develop a community-based youth water education program that targets youth and links key community members in partnerships--all working toward common water education goals.  Listed by grade level, and 141 curricula citations, some with costs associated. Full range of information on all aspects of water quality, wastewater, and non-point source pollution in English and German.

The Water Page: Information and resources about water issues on an international scale with particular focus on Africa.

Water Tech Online:  News archives on water issues.

WaterWeb:  List of links organized alphabetically including lesson plans, information, organizations worldwide.

World Bank:  Detailed list of links to water and development organizations, and research institutes, water technology, and student and teachers resources.

World Resources Institute:  Resources, publications, information on global topics related to water and aquatic ecosystems.

The World's Water: List of information and resource links to organizations, government, educational and commercial sites, water publications, databases and water-related events.

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Educational Resource Links

Big Sioux Water Festival:  Brain teasers, experiments, puzzles, games on water, and teachers pages.

Bonneville Power Administration:  Curriculum, teacher resources and materials, bug cards, and photos on streams and creeks.

British Broadcasting Corporation: Information on Rivers and Coasts including What is a river, water cycle, information on coasts, how rivers/coasts change, and teacher and parent materials.

California Urban Water Conservation Council:  Resources and information on conservation in the house and personal use.  Interactive tour through a house to ID water saving/using opportunities.

Ceres - The California Environmental Resources Evaluation System: Information on water and microbes.

City of San Jose, CA Environmental Services:  Curriculum materials for K-12, assistance with grant writing for educators and resource links.

Cornell University/Penn State University:  Environmental Inquiry, environmental resources, curriculum, information for high school students and teachers grades K12.

Council for Environmental Education, Houston, TX:  Program called Wet In the City with resources, activities, and information on water in the urban environment.

The Globe Program:  Worldwide, hands-on primary and secondary school-based science and education program in seven languages - English, Spanish, French, Arabic, German, Dutch, Chinese  

Hamline University:  The Center for Global Environmental Education includes river stories, places to go, links, postcards, a watershed atlas project, Mississippi Adventure, and River voices.

Knoxville Utilities Board:  Fun interactive games about water and wastewater.

MBGnet:  Information about freshwater ecosystems (rivers, streams, ponds, lakes, wetlands) and Marine ecosystems (shorelines, temperate oceans, tropical oceans).

Maryland Virtual High School, University of Illinois:  Watershed mapping tool, information and resources for students and teachers.

Massachusetts Water Education Partnership:  Student and teacher materials focusing on drinking water as a resource including games, facts, and links.

Museum of Science:  Information on the water planet, oceans in motion, life in the sea, scientists at sea, resource links, water cycle, physical features of the ocean, the changing oceans, and ocean profiles.

NASA:  Exploring the Environment module on Water quality

NASA:  Water cycle, How NASA studies water, resources, and a Water Droplet game.

National Geographic:  Information and activities on biodiversity, fresh water, oceans, rivers and other topics.

North Carolina State University: Information on water pollution, ph, temperature, dissolved oxygen, nitrates/phosphates and micronvertebrate surveys.

Ocean Planet - Smithsonian:  Traveling educational exhibit with fact sheets, lesson plans, marine science activities, and photos.

Project WET:  Classroom-ready teaching aids and water education resources for teachers.

Quia Interactive Online:  Interactive water trivia matching game, subscription site for games and game development with accompanying glossary of terms.

River of Words:  Art and poetry contests and educational information on watersheds in English and Spanish.

TERI:  Basic information and resources on water depletion and pollution, the water cycle, conservation, sources of water pollution and effects on various environments, games, puzzles and activities for young people on water related issues.

Test Your "WaterSense": Check out this fun online interactive quiz from the Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense program. Maneuver the hero “Hydro” through a maze while avoiding water-wasting monsters such as Sogosaurus. Along the way, earn points by answering questions about water-using behaviors and water-saving opportunities.

Think Earth Foundation 
Free environmental curriculum units for classroom teachers, administrators, and home schoolers.  

United States Geological Service:  Student site focusing on the earth's water, water basics, water-use information, water Q&A, special topics activities center and pictures, data, maps, and an interactive center where students can give opinions and test their water knowledge.

University of Arizona:  Project WET Arizona Non-point source water pollution curriculum grades 9-12, conservation and water problem information.

University of Berkeley:  Basic information on aquatic biomes, freshwater and marine environments, and photo gallery.

University of Washington, NASA:  Curriculum titled Water A Never Ending Story, activities, and list of links to study the hydrologic cycle.

Water Aid:  Global information, resources, curriculum and fun activities, water in the schools, and water issue fact sheets.

Water Use It Wisely:  Water saving tips, 100 ways to save water, and conservation resources.