Columbia County Conservation District received the 2017 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence in Harrisburg for Water Education Day, an innovative environmental education event that reaches over 500 8th graders annually in September, challenging them to think critically about this vital natural resource. We are proud of this event, and looking forward to this year's!
Why a Water Education Day?
Because we don't always know where our water comes from...and we should!
Because we don't always understand how our water gets polluted...and we should!
Because we don't always make the connection between land and water!
Because so many great agencies and organizations can help us learn about these topics!
Because we know good water = good life!
And in Pennsylvania, State Standard 4.2.8A requires 8th graders to "describe the factors that affect the quality of ground and surface waters." A good way to learn that is through tools like groundwater models, stream tables, and checking out macroinvertebrates that can indicate stream health. We'll have all that plus water crafts and even some "watery entertainment" (don't worry, you won't get wet!).