With the increasing demand of agriculture, urban growth, and climate change on water quality, effective water management is critical. Before water can be effectively managed we need a solid foundational knowledge of water resources, natural and anthropogenic influences, changing and emerging threats to water, and how local water issues affect world water supply. Evidence suggests that many Americans and many youth lack these foundational components. With water quality and water related issues being a world-wide issue, education of our future leaders is vital. The following initiatives and resources are related to youth water literacy and stewardship.
- Educating Young People about Water Curriculum Database
- Exploring your Environment
- General Soil Resources for the Classroom
- Groundwater Workshop Resources
- G-WOW Changing Climate, Changing Culture Initiative
- Illinois I Think Green Program
- Illinois Livestock e-Quiz
- North Dakota State University 4-H Curriculums
- Ohio State University’s 4-H Soils Challenge
- Purdue Extension’s The Nature of Teaching
- Purdue’s Safe Water for Kids Activities
- Purdue’s Soil and Water Curriculum
- There’s No New Water!
- University of Wisconsin-Extension Water Activity Plans
- Water Rocks!