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Project WET part of $50,000 grant to launch new K-12 geography program

Project WET (Water Education for Teachers), co-sponsored by the Department of Agriculture, Non-point Source Pollution Control, Austin Peay State University and APSUs Center of Excellence for Field Biology, is partnering with six organizations to launch a new K-12 geography education program.

The National Geographic Society Education Foundation has awarded more than $50,000 to fund the program.
Project WET (Water Education for Teachers), co-sponsored by the Department of Agriculture, Non-point Source Pollution Control, Austin Peay State University and APSU's Center of Excellence for Field Biology, is partnering with six organizations to launch a new K-12 geography education program.

The National Geographic Society Education Foundation has awarded more than $50,000 to fund the program.

Project WET's partners include the Tennessee Geographic Alliance, Tennessee Environmental Education Association, Southern Appalachian Information Node, Carson-Newman College, the Center for Environmental Education at Middle Tennessee State University and Discover Life in America.

“As a team, we are excited to bring this project to Tennessee. Not only is this the first project of its kind in Tennessee but there is a research component that will allow us to assess the effects of our project on student learning,” says Laurina Lyle, Project WET Tennessee manager and coordinator at APSU.

Titled “Special Habitats of Tennessee,” the program will use the study of a natural or schoolyard habitat to meet state standards in geography, science and language arts.

Project WET is an international, interdisciplinary water science and education program for students in grades K-12. It encourages wise water management and a respect for water resources to promote a commitment of responsibility and positive community participation.

Interested teachers and schools should contact Dr. Mary Ball, co-director of the project, at mball@cn.edu or (865) 471-3254 to request an information packet.

For more information, telephone Lyle at (931) 221-6480.
—Rebecca Mackey