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Critical content for our future: Water in Arizona
Water in Arizona
Water is as much a part of our lives here in arid Arizona as it is any place in the world. Join us on a fascinating dive into water in Arizona!
Arizona Water Festival
Fourth graders actually do construct an evidence-based argument about the availability of water in their region and its impact on their lives using the AWF program! Find out how to access this curriculum unit, professional development, interactive festival day, online celebration, and other associated resources.
This unseen part of the water cycle may be the key to managing a sustainable water supply for Arizona. Our in-depth video series, interactive models, lesson plans that utilize a computer simulation model, and 20 years of experience delivering direct student outreach on the groundwater system are here for you!
Arizona Project WET facilitators help you activate your instruction so that students think deeply about real-world and relevant content and construct their own understanding of big ideas. Workshops and academies are offered in-person, online through the Canvas Learning Management platform, and in a blended format.
Water Scene Investigation
Installing water-efficient technologies, using the right water for the right use, and adopting wise water habits are the end-goals of water education in Arizona. These investigations offer easy-to-incorporate project-based learning opportunities that have your students taking action to save water at home or at school.
Curriculum units help 6th-12th grade teachers build real-world, Arizona-specific relevancy into their standards-based science instruction. These units include Riparian Habitat Exploration, Waters of Arizona, and Rainwater Harvesting. Partner with us and we’ll support you with professional development, coaching, and APW facilitated lessons.
Location of Our Programs
As a part of Arizona Cooperative Extension, we are on-the-ground in multiple counties throughout the state, bringing The University and our stakeholder-driven programs to the people. We connect teachers and school district specialists with water providers, and ascertain mutual needs, and then develop objective-driven programs. We then evaluate and improve our programs over time.
The Tucson Education Program offers the Tucson Water Journey Program including a Sweetwater Wetland field trip for 4th graders, 2nd Earth Explorers for graders, Groundwater Education for 4th–12th graders, the Water Scene Investigations Program for 6th–12th graders, and rainwater harvesting programs.
The Maricopa County Education Program offers the Arizona Water Festival Program for 4th graders, Groundwater Education Conservation Programs for 4th–12th graders, and the Water Scene Investigations Program for 6th graders. Community presentations and event coverage are also available.
The Coconino County Education Program offers watershed and Forest Health programs at multiple grade levels, Groundwater Education at multiple grade levels, the Arizona Water Festival Program for 4th graders, and collaborative program development with teachers and community partners.
The Pinal County Education Program offers the Arizona Water Festival Program for 4th graders, Groundwater Education Conservation Programs for 6th–12th graders, and the Water Scene Investigations Program for 5th–12th graders. Community presentations and event coverage are also available.
Over 300 Years of Water Education
Arizona Project WET is one of the most well established water education programs in the Nation. This state program thrives thanks to the guiding principles of Arizona Cooperative Extension: a statewide framework, needs-based program development, and objective-driven, evaluated programs. Access to the world renowned Project WET Foundation lessons enable us to activate locally and regionally specific content using the very best instructional practices.
“Water stewardship begins when people know about, understand, and connect to the water cycle. Arizona Project WET facilitates this connection for Tucson Water customers. For over a decade Arizona Project WET has taught our community about our unique water resources.”
Jaimie Galayda, Lead Planner, Tucson Water