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Effective Water Education Strategies in a Nontraditional Setting

Water History and Culture

  1. Sharon L. Lien

Published Online: 15 JUL 2005

DOI: 10.1002/047147844X.wh35

Water Encyclopedia

Water Encyclopedia

How to Cite

Lien, S. L. 2005. Effective Water Education Strategies in a Nontraditional Setting. Water Encyclopedia. 4:713–715.

Author Information

  1. The Groundwater Foundation, Lincoln, Nebraska

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2005


Thinking out of the box, or in this case out of the classroom, enables water educators to explore less traditional educational strategies. This article discusses three examples of effective water education in nontraditional settings—Children's Groundwater Festival, Groundwater University, and Awesome Aquifers for Science Olympiad—and the impact these efforts have had on educating youth in groundwater protection and conservation.

Formulated around the concept of making learning fun, the Festival is staged in a fair-like atmosphere that is stimulating and exciting for participants. This event is a dynamic, energetic day filled with hands-on education. Groundwater University is intensive, experience-based groundwater education for youth that provides hands-on activities, field trips, and presentations from top water professionals. As part of the Awesome Aquifers event, students conduct groundwater research and design and build a groundwater flow model. During competition, students use their models to demonstrate an understanding of groundwater concepts.

These water educational strategies have demonstrated the ability to increase the knowledge and understanding of groundwater. As a result, the impact will be the development of youth with the capacity and ability to protect and preserve groundwater resources now and in the future.


  • education;
  • groundwater;
  • aquifer;
  • interactive;
  • hands-on;
  • children;
  • evaluation;
  • protect;
  • conserve;
  • students