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WOW!: The Wonders Of Wetlands, An Educator's Guide

WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands

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WOW! The Wonders Of Wetlands is an acclaimed, comprehensive, interdisciplinary curriculum guide for educators of grade levels K-12. The latest edition (the tenth printing), co-published in 2008 by Environmental Concern and Project WET (Water Education for Teachers), includes more than 50 fun and effective learning-activities for both indoor and outdoor use. These activities focus on the three definitive wetland parameters: water, soil, and plants; there are wetland fauna and human connection exercises as well.  

Equally important, the user is given extensive background information on wetlands and a glossary of terms, either within, or cross-referenced with, the activities. The 348 page guide also contains some basic ideas for wetland enhancement, restoration, and construction, and a listing of other educational wetland resources. It is currently in use throughout the United States and in several other countries. © 2008, 348 pages

EC also offers training workshops to support the use of the WOW! curriculum guide. Each year several hundred educators attend WOW! workshops which vary from a few hours to a full day in length.  Environmental Concern has led WOW! workshops in more than 40 states plus Canada and Puerto Rico. 

WOW! is correlated with the National Science Education Standards.  A committee of educators correlated the WOW! activities with the National Science Education Standards developed by the National Academy of Sciences. In addition, the WOW! activities have been correlated with science content standards in several states.  The National Standards are printed in the book, State correlations are updated and listed on our website

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POW! The Planning of Wetlands, An Educator’s Guide

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NOTE: This book is available to course participants but not available for purchase.

Based on over 35 years experience in wetlands construction, horticulture and education POW! The Planning of Wetlands is a fresh, new curriculum and one-day workshop that guides educators through the creation, restoration and/or enhancement of a wetland on school grounds or within the community. © 2010, 206 pages

Unlike other schoolyard habitat programs where the design is manufactured by experts and the students are brought in solely for labor, POW!’s 25 hands-on activities are designed to engage the class in all project phases. The class will survey their school grounds, calculate drainage area, create a water budget, design the wetland based on desired functions, choose appropriate native wetland vegetation, construct and plant the wetland. Once installed, students will monitor biological and chemical parameters of the finished habitat. Activities are laid out clearly as steps to the restoration project. They are presented in an educator friendly lesson plan format with Student Activity Pages ready for copying.

The exciting wetland activities promote conservation and are meant to stimulate interests in community service, conservation, science, math and engineering careers. In addition to providing students an opportunity to develop a relationship with the natural world, consistent reports of higher test scores and high student participation in project oriented and hands-on learning experiences show how powerful a tool a habitat program can be.

Schoolyard Wetland Habitats have the added benefits of:

  • Improving the aesthetic value of the campus thereby increasing school pride
  • Reducing maintenance costs associated with mowing and watering
  • Reducing pollution from school stormwater run-off means healthier streams and rivers
  • Increasing habitat for native plants, birds, animals, and reptiles
  • Garnering community involvement and support
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The Wetland Journal - Back Issues Still Available
Wetland Journal Back Issues

The Wetland Journal was a quarterly publication featuring practical articles on several wetland topics, including wetland education issues, restoration and research . Written in a style that is useable by both the wetland professional and the informed lay person or student, with the goal of providing a forum for exchanging results, information, and experiences which can benefit others in the wetland field.

These back issues will soon be available as PDF files for download.

Wetlands 101 - For Kids! CD
Wetlands 101 CD for Kids

This CD is a great resource for teachers who would like some extra help teaching their students about the wonderful world of wetlands. The CD includes a PowerPoint show to help answer some important questions, like "What is a Wetland?", "Why are Wetlands Important?", "What can you do for wetlands?," and many more!

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WOW! Facilitator CD
WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands Facilitator CD

If you are limited in time or having trouble creating your own WOW! workshop presentation, EC can save you time with a copy of our workshop presentation and helpful hints to execute a fantastic workshop for your community. Age: Available only to EC trained WOW! Facilitators.

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WOW! Student Activity Page CD
WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands Student Activity Pages CD

Have all of the WOW! Activity Pages available without having to wrestle with copying pages from the book. This CD is filled with digital copies of all the student pages from the WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands curriculum guide.

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