Water means life, so there’s a lot of life in Pennsylvania’s rivers, streams, lakes and ponds. And sometimes we get too much water; sometimes not enough. Keeping an eye on water—learning how it’s used, where it’s coming from and where it goes—is always a great way for kids to learn more about our surroundings.
Ask your teacher to set up a tour of your local water treatment plant for your class
Use this simple kit to test the water in your local stream (make sure to get landowner permission if you are accessing the stream from private land & always take an adult)
Make your own water Olympics! Go here.
What to Read
Learn a little more about water while curling up with a good book.
- Around the Pond: Who’s Been There? By Lindsay Barrett George
- Drop Around the World by Barbara McKinney
- One Well- The Story of Water on Earth by Strauss
- Water Dance by Thomas Locker
- A Drop of Water by Gordon Morrison
- A River Ran Wild: An Environmental History by Lynne Cherry
- Golden Guide to Pond Life
- Pocket Naturalist Field Guide to Pond Life
- A Guide to Common Freshwater Invertebrates of North America
Other Cool Pages
Exploring Careers Outdoors (ECO) Camp – If you’re a high school and are interested in a career in the natural sciences or conservation ECO Camp is for you. You’ll meet and get to interact with professionals; such as foresters, wildlife biologists, geologists and many others; all while recreating in beautiful state parks. You’ll also be able to choose a mentor. The mentor can help connect you to future camp, volunteer or job opportunities, they could write a letter of recommendation for college or even help you navigate the state hiring process. Apply today!
Become a citizen scientist! A citizen scientist is someone just like you, who observe nature, record what they see and then share their information with researchers and professional scientists. The scientists then use your information, and information from thousands of other people, to answer important questions like ‘Are blooming earlier in the spring than they did 10 years ago?’ Use a link below to get started.
Learn ways that you can conserve water in and around your house
Join a local watershed association and help protect your local waterway
Become a conservation volunteer