Maine Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) is undergoing renewal and revitalization under the coordination of Lynne Richard, Portland Water District’s Environmental Education Coordinator.
A program of Project WET, an international nonprofit water education program and publisher, Maine Project WET's mission is to reach children, parents, educators, and communities with water education. The program facilitates and promotes awareness, appreciation, knowledge, and stewardship of water resources through the delivery of classroom-ready teaching aids, activities, lessons, and festivals.
The Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide is a collection of over 90 interdisciplinary activities that deal with water-related topics. The activities use hands-on methods to engage all types of learners. Educators can receive the guide by participating in Project WET training. Training is designed so that educators leave prepared and inspired to teach about water in their classroom or informal educational setting.
Project WET trainings are presented by a statewide network of WET facilitators. Facilitators usually have years of experience using WET activities, and participate in yearly advanced facilitator trainings. Richard's first job in Maine is to reestablish a network of active facilitators so that Project WET training can be available in every area of Maine.
Of course, all of this takes not only hard work, but money too. The goal for 2006 is to train 12 new facilitators, and retrain 12 inactive facilitators – bringing them up-to-date on new Project WET activities and materials. In order to encourage participation and involvement, facilitator training workshops will be offered at no cost, and new facilitators will be provided with the materials and supplies they need so they leave the workshops ready to teach.
Maine Project WET plays an important role in promoting stewardship of water resources for young people. Are you interested in becoming a Maine Project WET facilitator trained to bring water education into your local schools? Or would you prefer to sponsor Maine Project WET and be an active participant in making water education an integral part of Maine’s K-12 curriculum?
For more information, go to Maine Project WET's website or call Lynne Richard, Portland Water District (207/774-5961).