Wetlands are important! They store water, clean it and help prevent flooding. Minnesota originally had 18.6 million acres of wetlands that provided habitat for birds, fish and other wildlife. Half of them are now gone due to human activity.
Learn how to protect wetlands and water quality, and how we depend on our state's wetlands.
What can you do?
In the water resources project, you can:
- Understand the ecosystems of lakes, rivers and wetlands.
- Learn about surface water and groundwater.
- Understand water quality and pollution.
- Explore how human activities such as agriculture, urban development and home septic systems affect water quality.
- Learn to be a good water steward.
These are just some of the many ways you can participate in this project.
Get started with 4-H'ers in your area
- Contact your local 4-H office for more info.
Get started on your own
- National 4-H water activity books (for sale)
- Environmental education and citizen science activity book from Utah 4-H (free download)
What does it mean to show at the fair?
For 4-H'ers, local and state showcase events (like the Minnesota State Fair) are not just fun events. They provide youth opportunities to exhibit the knowledge and skills they've gained throughout the year– and to continue their learning.
Contact your local 4-H office for water resources project showcase opportunities near you.
Exhibit ideas and judging criteria
Get exhibit ideas and find out what the judge is looking for in the evaluation sheet.
Reviewed in 2018