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Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) – Project WET is an interdisciplinary water science and education program for formal and non-formal educators of students grades k-12, designed to provide young people with the knowledge and skills needed to make informed decisions regarding water resource management. Educators receive the Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide by attending 6-hour educator workshops. Units of study include watersheds, wetlands, water science, surface and ground water, atmospheric water, wastewater management and many other relevant topics. This is the OSWC’s centerpiece education program.

Wonders of Wetlands (W.O.W) – The Wonders of Wetlands curriculum supplement contains numerous activities covering all parameters of wetlands study including estuarine, riverine, and interior/upland wetlands of all types, salinity regimes, soil types, habitats, wildlife, and aquatic organisms. The activities are formatted identically to those of the Project WET Guide and the two guides have several activities in common. The WOW curriculum supplement is often provided in tandem with the Project WET Guide. See Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries on a related program called Project WILD Aquatic.

Healthy Water/Healthy People – Developed by Project WET, Healthy Water, Healthy People is a water quality education program designed to encourage deeper investigation of water quality topics, issues and parameters through materials appropriate for users from beginner to advanced. The basic materials include a Water Quality Educators Activity Guide for educators of students in grades 6 through university level. Other materials include multiple parameter water testing kits and test kit instruction manuals. Instruction on use of the HWHP manuals and test kits may be included in Project WET workshops or conducted separately.

Project Webfoot – A wetlands education program and curriculum created by Ducks Unlimited in partnership with Project WET for educators of 4th -6th grade students. Teachers use wetlands as classrooms where students learn to appreciate wetlands and understand their diverse and essential functions and values. Project Webfoot maintains a strong focus of wetlands as a critical wildlife habitat.

Soil & Water Stewardship – Soil & Water Stewardship Program consists of various materials depicting an annually revised conservation theme, and are developed and distributed to SWCD’s by the National Association of Conservation Districts. This program benefits all members of the community by providing a specific theme or frame of awareness for enhancing public perception of conservation needs. Stewardship materials are distributed throughout the community in many forms such as bookmarks, fact sheets, children’s coloring books, calendars, place mats, informational booklets, and other items. These items are generally distributed through various civic organizations, church gatherings, Parish fairs, and similar events.

Master Farmer – The Louisiana Master Farmer Program helps agricultural producers voluntarily address environmental concerns related to production agriculture, as well as enhance their production and resource management skills that will be critical for the continued viability of Louisiana agriculture. This program involves producers becoming more knowledgeable about environmental stewardship, resource-based production and resource management through a voluntary producer certification process. The Master Framer program is led by the LSU Agriculture Center, and qualifying producers are certified as Louisiana Master Farmers by the LA Commissioner of Agriculture & Forestry.

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