The Life of Water: Conservation in Middle School
Water is a precious, natural resource, and kids are the precious next generation. Parents need to connect the two, so that both survive and thrive.
What You Need To Know
Beyond the common sources of water knowledge for kids like pools, lakes, and rivers, they can be involved in lesser known resources and projects to keep the supply healthy. Neighborhoods and regions have particular water concerns, and families need to educate themselves about their areas and participate in activities aimed at preserving sources of clean water.
How You Can Help
Below is a selection of options for pursuing a broader knowledge about water in your neck of the woods:
- Watersheds. Every neighborhood has a watershed, so find out the address of yours and spend a dinnertime discussing what it is and where it is.
- Conservation. Many groups already work toward preserving, cleaning up, and conserving water resources. Look up a variety of them in your area and post a list at home, letting your kids vote on which ones they want to investigate.
- Community Partnerships. These connections between kids and the outside world give schools a long-term relationship with an organization in the local area. For example, a salamander preservation group might work with a middle school science curriculum to hatch eggs, raise them until they are adults, and release them in the local estuary where their population is in danger.
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