April 6 2020 09:56 AM

The lessons show students aspects of groundwater science.

The Groundwater Foundation, a nonprofit groundwater education source based in Lincoln, Nebraska, is releasing a new series of free online lessons to educate students on the science of groundwater.

School closings and “shelter in place” orders across the country have left millions of children and students at home and in need of more online educational resources. As a response to this need, the Groundwater Foundation is providing online lessons at no cost.

The online lessons cover a variety of groundwater information, from basic groundwater terminology and concepts to groundwater usage, how it becomes contaminated and how we can help protect it.

“We wanted to provide useful resources for parents and educators to keep kids engaged and learning about groundwater at home during this time when schools are closed,” says Jennifer Wemhoff, Groundwater Foundation program communications director.

The lessons consist of worksheets and videos children can do on their own, plus more involved activities to do with an adult or older sibling. There are currently two lessons online: groundwater basics and the water cycle, with more lessons added each week.

For educators and parents searching for more hands-on activities about groundwater, Awesome Aquifer Kits are also available through the Groundwater Foundation website. Awesome Aquifer Kits are an all-in-one educational kit with everything you need to build your own model aquifer.

“The groundwater industry has been deemed an essential service and we take that responsibility seriously,” says Terry Morse CAC, CIC, National Ground Water Association CEO. “These lessons are an extension of our service to communities and I’m proud that we’re able to provide these to the public at no cost during these uncertain times.”

The National Ground Water Association is a not-for-profit professional society and trade association for the global groundwater industry.