WATER RICHES LESSON:

WATER RICHES LESSON: Pam Leman, Pulaski County Soil and Water Conservation District environmental education coordinator, looks on as a group of fifth-grade science students from Eastern Pulaski Elementary School participate in a Water Riches activity. (Photo provided)

WINAMAC — Educators from the Pulaski County Soil and Water Conservation District and Pulaski County 4-H Youth Development office are working together to bring enrichment programs to local schools.

Two school enrichment programs are being offered this year with financial support from the Pulaski County Community Foundation.

The Water Riches Program teaches students the importance of water as a natural resource, and about its role in the ecosystem. Participating students gain appreciation for their environment and learn their responsibility for conserving it. This is a five-part program that features a video, lesson, and hands-on activities for each segment. Pam Leman, environmental education coordinator for the SWCD, has worked with 4-H educators to offer the Water Riches Program to Eastern Pulaski, West Central and Monterey fifth-graders for more than 16 years.

The Mission to Mars program has been offered at Monterey, Eastern Pulaski, and West Central schools for the last three years. This program, developed by NASA and Purdue University, teaches environmental concepts such as recycling and many additional science concepts. The program involves 11 different hands-on activities and was offered to all three fifth grades this year.

Both Water Riches and Mission to Mars programs are based on Indiana Academic Standards for science. This is the second year, the Pulaski County Community Foundation has supported these two programs. Additionally later this year, the Foundation will sponsor a third program — Mini Society.

Mini Society will be taught to West Central sixth-graders by their teachers. This program teaches about the real world, problem solving, government, economics, business and commerce, and working with others. This interdisciplinary program incorporates the Indiana academic standards for social studies, language arts, math, and science.

The SWCD and 4-H offer many more programs jointly and individually including Earth Day activities, Field Days, Ag Days, workshops and other school enrichment programs.

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