July 2020 Newsletter

A Closer Look #206

Project Wet Award

Project WET Award

Janet Vail received an achievement award at the national Project WET (Water Education Today) conference held last week.  (It was a virtual conference.)   Project WET is a premier environmental education program in both the United States and other countries.  “Advancing water education to understand global challenges and inspire local solutions” is the mission of Project WET.  See www.projectwet.org.

Janet has served as the Michigan Project WET coordinator for twenty years.  She oversees a network of workshop facilitators throughout Michigan who deliver professional development workshops.  Michigan Project WET helps to facilitate water festivals for children, including the annual water festival in Big Rapids.  Janet organized a successful national Project WET conference, which was held in Traverse City in 2017.  She has been involved in the development of the Project WET curriculum and alignment of curriculum to K-12 science standards.  She served two terms on the Project WET USA Coordinator’s Advisory Council, which provides advice and recommendations on policy, operations, and implementation of the Project WET USA programs.

It is her hope that Project WET eventually will produce a Project WET Great Lakes activity booklet for children.  There has been interest from Project coordinators in the Great Lakes states to assemble a team to make this happen if funding can be found.