What you'll do
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.
- Understand the ecosystems of lakes, rivers, and wetlands
- Learn about surface water and groundwater
- What is the water cycle?
- Understand water quality and pollution
- How do human activities such as agriculture, urban development, and home septic systems affect water quality?
- Learn to be a good water steward
Levels of learning
Get started with 4-H'ers in your area
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)
Fairs and exhibits
- Make a display that shows the unique physical properties of water
- Make a display that shows the water cycle
- Is there a threat to clean water in your area? Why is clean water important?
Reviewed in 2018