DNR Education News

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Issue Number 10 - June 2013

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Water Water Everywhere!

Well is sure seems like it this year! Even though the abundance of water may be challenging us right now, water plays an important role in our lives and for our natural resources.

About 75% of the state’s population gets its drinking water from groundwater. These videos easily describe what an aquifer is and focuses on  a study of the Mt. Simon aquifer which provides drinking water for more than one million Minnesotans.

Water is fun to recreate in and on. Our state water trails, celebrating 50 years, are beautiful places to paddle.  Learn how to canoe here or how river systems work and ways to sustainably manage them with Healthy Rivers: A Watercourse

Or why not Adopt-a-River (or lake) and help keep it clean? Continue reading for additional water related programs and resources.

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Pelican

NATURE NOTE 

Pelican Party

Nearly extinct, white pelicans have returned to Minnesota. We now have over 40,000 living here in the summer. That’s reason to celebrate! Pick up this free white pelican poster with interesting information on the back from a DNR office.

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PWET guide

FEATURED RESOURCES

Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) 

This national guide contains over 60 hands-on water focused activities to conduct with school, scout or other groups.  

Water Ways 

companion to Project WET, in this guide you’ll discover Minnesota specific information about water, aquatic life, watersheds and more.

Additional water resources here

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GET KIDS OUTDOORS TIP

Water is like a magnet to kids. If there is one lone muddy puddle they will be jumping in it! Why resist? Dress kids in clothes you are willing to get dirty and head out to have some fun. The ideas are endless: dig in the wet soil, make trenches, roll balls of sticky mud, look for worms or float boats.

Speaking of boats, do you know a 12-17 year old that wants to drive a boat? Then order your free home-study course. Younger kids will enjoy the water safety coloring and activity book too. 

Can’t afford a boat, no problem. Go fishing instead and make your own “pole” using a pop can . Written instructions are also at the end of this lesson. Take a look here to see how some animals catch their own fish. 

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For additional information on DNR education programs and resources, or to sign up for this newsletter visit www.mndnr.gov/education 

Also visit www.seek.state.mn.us

Click on the following for the past three DNR Education News issues: September, December and March.

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