Many of the Conservation Commission's programs include educational components for adults and/or students. Three programs whose primary focus is education are the following:
Conservation Education Program
The Conservation Education program has been in existence since 1975. The main purpose of the Education Program is to educate Oklahomans of all ages about natural resources and the environment with an emphasis on soil and water. The Conservation Education Program also cosponsors environmental education programs with other state agencies, is the state lead for Project WET, and makes supplemental curricula available to educators.
Blue Thumb Program
The Blue Thumb Program is the educational arm of the Conservation Commission's Water Quality Division and includes a program for training volunteers in water quality monitoring.
Project WET is an interdisciplinary water education program intended to supplement a school's existing curriculum. Using water as a theme, Project WET provides hands-on activities to enhance the teaching of science, math, social studies, language arts, and many other required subjects.
The goal of Project WET is to promote the awareness, appreciation, knowledge and stewardship of water resources through the development and dissemination of classroom ready teaching aids. By using Project WET services and resource materials, educators and their students will gain the knowledge, skill, and commitment needed to make informed decisions about water resource uses and conservation.
Project WET is primarily designed for classroom teachers of grades K-12, but natural resource professionals, youth leaders, nature center instructors, and other educators who work with students in these age groups will also find Project WET particularly useful. The heart of Project WET is the 500 page Curriculum and Activity Guide which contains more than 90 hands-on water activities and includes instructions, background materials, and cross-references for each activity. Project WET also offers a guide to hands-on wetland education entitled WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands.
Additional water education resources cover water history, ground water flow models, children's stories, and more.
Project WET materials are distributed through minimum 6-hour workshops. There is a $10 per person fee for the workshop.
Link to Workshop Schedule
Project WET is co-sponsored in Oklahoma by the Oklahoma Conservation Commission, the Department of Environmental Quality, and the Water Resources Board
To learn more about Project WET in Oklahoma, contact Karla Beatty at the Oklahoma Conservation Commission, 405-521-6788, or e-mail her at Karla.Beatty@conservation.ok.gov.