Give Water A Hand

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Give Water A Hand was developed in 1996 by the National 4-H Council in partnership with over 20 leading national water management and education organizations in response to a USDA study of over 1,000 water curricula that identified a need to help youth take action on local water issues.

Give Water A Hand is national watershed education program designed to involve young people in local environmental service projects. Following steps in the Give Water A Hand Action Guide (accessible by clicking link below) your youth group or class plans and completes a community service project to protect and improve water resources.

Give Water A Hand program activities are presented in two publications - the Youth Action Guide and the Leader Guidebook (for youth leaders and teachers). These easy-to-follow, illustrated guides show how to organize and carry out effective action-oriented projects.

In these guides, students use a needs assessment to investigate local water issues, work with experts in their communities, and plan and carry out a service project that matches their skills and interests while addressing a real need. The action guides are geared toward students in grades 4-8, and can focus on four different sites: school, community, home, and farm/ranch. Give Water A Hand is based on an educational methodology called service-learning that teaches critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Youth Action Guide:

Youth Action Guide - Spanish:

Leader Guidebook:

Topic Areas: 
Environmental Sciences
Service Learning
Target Audience: 
Grades Pre K-6
Grades 7-9
Citizen and Youth Groups
Geographic Location: 
All Minnesota
Outside Minnesota
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<b>Give Water A Hand</b>
445 Henry Mall, Room 202
Madison, WI 53706
<b>Phone</b>: 800-WATER20 (800-928-3720)
<b>Fax</b>: 608-262-2031