Delaware students learn about protecting water resources

DOVER – More than 770 fourth-grade students from seven elementary schools participated in the Make a Splash festival, a Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)-sponsored event that educates students on the diversity of estuary life and the importance of Delaware’s water resources. The festival was held at the St. Jones Reserve, a component of the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve, and the Division of Historical & Cultural Affairs’ John Dickinson Plantation near Dover – wonderful locations for the students to explore past and present water resource issues.

“Make a Splash provides the students with hands-on experiences that tie together everything they have learned this school year about land, water and Delaware history,” said Maggie Pletta, education coordinator with DNREC’s Delaware Coastal Programs. “It is our hope that providing students with this opportunity will help them connect what they learned in the classroom to real life, and experiencing those connections will ignite a flame in them making the next generation of Delaware’s water resource stewards.”

Students visited 25 activity stations dedicated to the historical and current uses of Delaware’s water resources. At a station called “The Incredible Journey,” students learned how water moves through the water cycle and how only a relatively small amount of the world’s water is actually available for human use on the earth. At other stations, they explored marine debris and micro-plastics, water pollution and solutions, Delaware’s wetlands, mosquitoes, the uses of water in colonial cooking, water concentration, historical use of water wheels and groundwater, just to name a few.

“Our fourth graders who come each year really benefit from this experience, learning about how much water we have in Delaware and the important role it plays in our lives,” said Jennifer Donihue, fourth grade teacher from Lighthouse Christian School. “Make a Splash teaches them how important it is to keep our water clean for everyone to enjoy and to provide habitat for our wildlife.”

Delaware’s Make a Splash festival has been educating students and encouraging actions to help protect water resources for 18 years.

Read the full article at the Delaware state government website.