Water Education

Performance Area: Outdoor Recreation

Number of participants reached by the Minnesota Project WET Water Education Program


Why Is This Important?

In Minnesota, citizens view healthy waters as an important quality-of-life indicator. Yet, not all Minnesotans know how to be effective stewards of water resources. The DNR offers Minnesota Project WET to help create a citizenry that is aware of and active in water conservation.


What Is DNR Doing?

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Minnesota Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) trains K–12 formal and non-formal educators, interpreters, college students and youth leaders in hands-on lessons that encourage critical thinking. Minnesota Project WET improves understanding of water resources by providing training, materials and support to these groups and collaborating on water festivals and field days for students. The program works with other water education initiatives and partners throughout the state including: school districts, universities, the National Park Service, nature centers, non-profit groups, master naturalists, city and regional parks, SWCDs, and the Metro Watershed Partners. In doing so, Project WET is able to reach more citizens.

Project WET is an internationally recognized watershed curriculum.  Resources are aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core. Project WET is slated to release new climate change curriculum resources in 2020.


Target: Reach over 22,000 teachers and students annually through workshops, water festivals, field days and specialized trainings by working with partners throughout the state.

Project WET increased its use of partnerships in 2013 which significantly increased the number of teachers and students reached. Participant numbers fluctuate annually as partnerships and program priorities change.