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July 1, 2011 > Discover the waters of our national parks

Discover the waters of our national parks

Submitted By Kathy Kupper, Photo by John Chao, NPS

The National Park Service and Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) Foundation have partnered to feature national parks and hands-on, science-based activities for a new educational series called "Discover the Waters of Our National Parks."

"Water is a major theme in national parks," said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. "It runs down mountains and through meadows, sits in high alpine lakes, laps against ocean shoreline parks and is precious in desert environments.

"In short," Jarvis said, "there's a water story to be told in most of the 394 parks in the national park system and we've joined with the Project WET Foundation to carry those stories to a worldwide audience of students and educators."

Jarvis said National Park Service interpretive park rangers and Project WET staff envision an educational package that includes videos, special workshops, seminars and online courses, children's activity booklets, educator guides, posters, a web portal and other hands-on, investigative, science-based materials that meet local, state and national curriculum standards.

A pilot "Discover the Waters of Our National Parks" program, with three to six national parks, will be announced later this year. All of the materials for the project will be developed at the community and park level with teachers, researchers and water experts.

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