This site contains links to PDF versions of the 4-H Water Project books and introductory video presentations that can be watched by leaders/teachers preparing to present the project(s) to a group of youth or by the participating youth themselves.

The 4-H Water Project Books can also be obtained by contacting the 4-H Youth Development Educator in your county's Penn State Extension office.

Unit 1: Water Conservation with the Water Lion

This project is designed to teach youth about water conservation in their communities. Completing the Water Conservation project will open youth’s eyes to the realization that every living thing depends on water, and that it is important for everyone to appreciate and conserve it. The goal of the curriculum is to help each youth develop “water consciousness” - an awareness of water’s vital importance in our everyday lives. Youth will learn about the many different ways we utilize water each day and the amount of water available on Earth. Youth will also learn specific ways that they can conserve water including encouraging family involvement in learning about water conservation.

Unit 2: Incredible Water With the Water Lion

This project is designed to teach youth about water itself; it’s existence, properties, states of matter, cycles, and more. Water is a major part of the Earth’s system, which is constantly changing as air, soil, and rocks interact with water every day. Understanding the basics of water is the key to understanding many of the other things going on in our world, whether that’s our own body systems and those of our pets, livestock, or wildlife; how plants grow to produce food, building materials, fabrics, shelter, and oxygen; how hills and valleys form, glaciers are made, lakes are filled and rivers flow; or how clouds, snow, fog, and rainbows form in the atmosphere. Completing the Incredible Water project will open youth’s eyes to just how much water affects their everyday lives.

Unit 3: Water Quality Matters!

This project is designed to teach youth about the condition, or degree of cleanliness of water, which is referred to as water quality. Youth will learn about water standards used to set limits for water quality. Youth will investigate what influences water quality and how these substances get into streams and rivers. They will look at the difference between point-source pollution and nonpoint-source pollution. As youth continue in Water Quality Matters! they will explore where their drinking water comes from, identify different land uses in their watershed, and consider possible pollutants based on land use. With hands on activities youth will use monitoring techniques while learning about the physical, chemical, and biological criteria of water. Completing the Water Quality Matters! project book will promote interaction of youth in a common effort to increase environmental learning and stewardship of their watersheds.

Unit 3 Supplement: Riparian BUFFers - Making Our Riparian Areas Strong!

This project supplement is designed for youth who have already completed or are currently working on 4-H Water Project Unit 3 - Water Quality Matters! (or similar curriculum). The intention of this guide is to provide background and resources for groups of youth seeking to support existing riparian buffer restoration projects. Buffer maintenance is a vital part of a successful waterside restoration project. Youth involved in learning about water quality and environmental issues can play a significant role in helping with these maintenance activities.

4-H Water Project Helper's Guide Units 1 & 2

This guide is intended to help volunteer leaders and classroom teachers guide youth in completing the Unit 1 and Unit 2 4-H Water Projects. It includes tips for completing the activities as well as additional lesson plans, vocabularly guides, and lists of additional resources.

4-H Water Project Helper's Guide Unit 3

This guide is intended to help volunteer leaders and classroom teachers guide youth in completing the Unit 3 4-H Water Project. It includes tips for completing the activities as well as additional lesson plans, vocabularly guides, and lists of additional resources.

Introductory Video Presentations for the 4-H Water Project Series

These flash videos are presentations that introduce the Water Conservation with the Water Lion 4-H Project, Incredible Water with the Water Lion, and Water Quality Matters! 4-H Project Books.

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