Water Rocks! Ready To Inspire Kids Across Iowa

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Water Rocks! is an ISU Extension program designed to inspire kids of all ages to appreciate water resources.

Published on: September 16, 2013

The sister website, www.conservationpack.org, explores natural resources through the Conservation Dogs. Like dogs working together in a pack, kids can work together to conserve natural resources. The Conservation Dogs are busy visiting people who work with some aspect of water in the video series "Adventures of the Conservation Pack." The Water Rocks! team uses stories and photographs of the dogs to help younger students in the classroom to learn about natural resources.

Visit the Water Rocks! website to learn more and request a classroom visit by the team to your school

Water Rocks! encourages everyone to appreciate the abundance of water that Iowa has and not take it for granted. The campaign brings awareness and education to a wide variety of audiences using different learning approaches. Visit the website to learn more and to request a classroom visit www.waterrocks.org.

Partners of Water Rocks! are ISU Extension and Outreach, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa Water Center and Iowa Learning Farms.

Kids today like to use their smartphones, digital tablet devices and computers to get information

Summing up: "We asked kids what media delivery methods they like to use and pay attention to these days," says Comito. "They like to use their smartphones and digital tablet devices and computers. We put Water Rocks! together to reach kids with the message that they should conserve and preserve the environment and our natural resources. We have a wonderful interactive website you can go to and play a fun game that teaches these lessons. The game won a national award. The website also provides access to music videos that deliver various messages emphasizing the importance of water. We have 34 videos right now. We produced these videos and this work right here in Iowa. All this is being done primarily with Iowa talent. You should be proud.

"We've also found that geocaching is a great way to teach conservation," Comito adds. "Teachers can train fellow teachers and high school students who can then serve as peer mentors, teaching younger kids. We urge your soil and water conservation district commissioners and anyone else who is interested to contact your school district and get a teacher to host a Water Rocks! presentation at your school."