Water Connects Us All

Water Connects us all.

The Water Connects US All Challenge is a part of the 4-H Ag Innovators Experience, an annual program that challenges young people to apply critical thinking and STEM skills to a real-world agriculture challenge. In Iowa, the collaborative, hands-on challenge will help youth learn about the importance of ecosystems like wetlands, understand science concepts like water and nitrogen cycles, and explore ways to improve water quality.

The curriculum uses a series of hands-on activities to teach youth about water, watersheds, ecosystem services, the intersection between the nitrogen cycle and crop production, issues with water pollution, and conservation practices to mitigate water pollution.
Activity 1: Background information via discussion and powerpoint
Activity 2: How wetlands work
Activity 3: Engineered Conservation Practices
Activity 4: Watershed Management Authority: Students negotiate with their team to identify and implement practices to have the greatest impact for the community.

Group of people learning about Water Connects.

The following materials and resources will be supplied:

  • Facilitator Guide with directions for leading the activities
  • PowerPoint that provides background information and fosters discussion
  • Supplies to conduct the hands-on learning experiences
  • Engagement with trained educators who can lead activities via video conference
  • An opportunity for educators to participate in virtual professional development