Thank you for your interest in learning more about water! Teaching kids about water issues is essential for several reasons:
- Environmental Awareness: Learning about water issues fosters environmental awareness in children. It helps them understand the impact of human activities on water quality, ecosystems, and overall environmental health.
- Resource Conservation: By educating kids about water scarcity and the importance of conservation, we instill in them a sense of responsibility to use water wisely. This knowledge can lead to lifelong habits of mindful water consumption.
- Sustainability Education: Teaching kids about water issues is a gateway to broader lessons on sustainability. It introduces concepts such as conservation and sustainability, which contribute to a healthier planet.
- Scientific Inquiry: Learning about water issues encourages scientific curiosity. Kids can explore the water cycle, water purification processes, and environmental science, fostering a lifelong interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields.
- Empowerment: Educating kids about water issues empowers them to be part of the solution. As they grow older, they can actively participate in conservation efforts, advocate for responsible water policies, and contribute to sustainable practices in their communities.
Incorporating water education into the curriculum and daily conversations equips children with the knowledge and values needed to become stewards of our planet's most vital resource. Using water wisely is especially important for kids. Over their lifetimes, they can have a huge impact on our precious water supplies and be better prepared for a future where more people share this limited resource. Kids in Joshua Tree have proven themselves to be excellent water savers.
Click below to view a variety of resources that are fun for kids to learn more about water!
- CA Dept of Water Resources K-12 Educational Materials
- CA Dept of Water Resources Education Page
- Water Education Foundation - Water Kids!
- EPA WaterSense for Kids
- project WET
Read about it! Below are a few great books that help educate on water topics!
|Book Title / Author
|The End of Abundance: Economic Solutions to Water Scarcity by David Zetland
|A fresh approach to water scarcity with examples, insights, and ideas for anyone interested in the management of our most precious resource.
|Introduction to Water in California by David Carle (California Natural History Guides)
|A well-illustrated, easy-to-read guide to California’s water that should be in every home.
|Cadillac Desert: The American West and its Disappearing Water by Marc Reisner
|A classic beautifully written western water history.
|Taking on Water by Wendy J. Pavich
|A water expert tells of her personal quest to reduce her water footprint. Both humorous and serious.
|Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis by Cynthia Barnett
|A stab at the heart of water waste, and introduction of a new water ethic.