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Project Wet LogoWorldwide Water Education. Educate. Empower. Act. The mission of Project WET is to reach children, parents, educators and communities of the world with water education. We invite you to join us in educating children about the most precious resource on the planet — water.

Project Wild Water in all its forms is one of the most dramatic of today's arenas in which informed, responsible, and constructive actions are needed. Aquatic WILD uses the simple, successful format of Project WILD activities and professional training workshops but with an emphasis on aquatic wildlife and aquatic ecology.

State FishingThe Wildlife Forever STATE-FISH ART Contest was inspired by a bright fifth-grader from Minnesota named Kate Di Leo and her father Sal in March of 1997. While doing a research project on Minnesota's State-Fish, they discovered that very little information existed on all the different State-Fish in the U.S. They decided an event should be created that educated kids, teachers, and parents on aquatics resources, conservation, and each state's State-Fish. The Wildlife Forever STATE-FISH ART Contest was born ... and the rest is history!

take me fishingTake Me Fishing is the key destination for individuals to learn, plan, and equip for a day on the water. Whether it's planning a trip, exploring their dream boat, buying a fishing license or checking out the latest equipment, is the most comprehensive boating and fishing website available nationwide.

Discovery World in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and the Forest Service have a partnership in water resources education.  Reaching out to Milwaukee Public Schools, this will be the second year that Discovery World and the Forest Service are able to mentor students in fish sampling at Chequamegon-Nicolet and Ottawa National Forest.

Riverworks Discovery is part of the National Mississippi River Museum: a partnership effort with the Forest Service that journeys through the important roles played throughout the Mississippi River watershed. Riverworks Discovery has a traveling exhibit!

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Video / Media

  • Hydro the Movie
    Fieldwork in streams never sounded so cool!  Overview of stream research highlighting baseline monitoring, impairment survey and design, construction, and post project monitoring and evaluation.

    Water Life Episode 2:  Water and Wood
    FS Partner, Freshwaters Illustrated, video highlighting great efforts by the Forest Service to restore and improve the ecological values and functions of Oregon’s Rivers.

  • Cherokee National Forest Snorkeling Program is a “mask-on” experience for school kids to see the amazing biodiversity that flourishes in the clear waters of several streams flowing out of the Cherokee National Forest.
  • Cherokee Snorkeling Program overview and logistics (PowerPoint)
  • Latest articles on the Cherokee Snorkeling Program
  • CHEROKEE NF SNORKELING – to be finished in September
  • BROOK TROUT - Oct/Nov completion.
  • HELLBENDERS - at Pisgah NF, Oct/Nov completion on this piece, also.
  • Jumpstarting Fish Habitat:  The Story of Still Creek (Mt. Hood National Forest)
  • Forest Service video highlighting restoration efforts at Still Creek on Mt. Hood National Forest - Aquatic Organism Passage Restoration
  • Forest Service video in California about removing the barriers that prevent fish and other aquatic species from moving up and down stream corridors. The video focuses on replacing culverts and building bridges, which can restore hundreds of miles of habitat.
  • Fish and Water Restoration Tools for Practitioners
  • Forest Service Restoration Site:  Aquatic Organism Passage
  • FS Aquatic Organism Passage Fish Xing (“Crossing”) Software and Learning Systems for Fish Passage Through Culverts
  • Frog Calls - Frog calls and documentary video clips of scientists discussing frog issues, including declining amphibians and malformed frogs.
  • Cave Biota
  • Riffle Fish - Riffle Fish is an evolving webumentary about the plants and animals that live in the riffles of rivers and streams. The on-line documentary will include new clips about the insects, mollusks, fish and amphibians that make up the riffle community. The site will also provide interviews about the science of riffle ecology and the conservation efforts to preserve their biodiversity.
  • Watershed Condition Framework (soon...)

Fishy Ideas

Twenty four examples, ideas, and inspiration and just plain fishy things you can use.

NOTE: Some of the files below are large, so a high speed internet connection is recommended. File size is noted at the end of the description (a size in "kb" is small file under 1 megabyte, and "mb" denotes larger file size in megabytes).

  • Alaganik Angler Signs
    Five beautiful interpretive and angler access signs that tie in a NatureWatch theme. This effort was submitted through the Forest Service Wildlife, Fish, and Rare Plant (WFRP) report, which provides project costs and contacts. Signs are located in Cordova, Alaska. [PDF: 1.1 mb]
  • Faucet Fish
    Just one of those marketing efforts you can't do without to help conserve water, money and fish. Just fold the tab to a 90 degree angle and attach to any faucet/spigot with a small rubber band. You can print (two-sided) and distribute thousands of these pretty darn cheap. Let your mind roam and think of other clever places you can attach these...... :) Contact Don Virgovic for details at 503 808-2675. [PDF: 2.7 mb]
  • Fish Anatomy
    A one-page fish anatomy diagram. [PDF: 79 kb]
  • Fish Hat
    A fun FishWatch marketing gimmick that kids just love. Just cut it out, staple both sides together, leaving the bottom open, and put it on! Contact Don Virgovic for details at (503) 808-2675 [PDF: 2 mb]
  • Fish Line Hazard
    Fishing Line - a Hazard to Bald Eagles. [PDF: 23 kb]
  • Fish Videos
    Page with descriptions and links to MPG fish movie files on this website. See also "Underwater Camera Case" link below for detailed instructions on how to build one. [PDF: 29 kb]
  • Frank & Frances Fish - English version
    A fun and colorful booklet for kids. 14 pages. [PDF: 1.9 mb]
  • Frank & Frances Fish - Spanish version
    A fun and colorful booklet for kids. 14 pages. [PDF: 1.9 mb]
  • Incubator
    A very interesting way to introduce FishWatch into your NatureWatch Program. 24 pages. Fully Illustrated. Thanks to Don Duff, Dr. Fred Eales, and Joe McGurrin for this presentation. [PDF: 4.1 mb]
  • Kidfish Worksheet 1
    From website. A 1-page worksheet. [PDF: 24 kb]
  • Klamath Fish Book
    Interagency cooperation is what it took to develop these outstanding interpretive and activitiy booklets for kids. One of three (Birds, Fish, and Wildflowers). Great graphics, clip art, activities and more. Thirty four pages. Check it out! [PDF: 8.3 mb]
  • Respect the River brochure
    The Forest Service Respect the River program is connecting people to their riparian environment through education, returning watersheds and rivers to a healthy state through restoration, and involving the public in the restoration process through empowerment. Check out their website at:
  • -- Lots of materials for recreationists and resource managers. [PDF: 618 kb]
  • Salmon Cam
    How cool is this? Very cool! Twenty five pages outline the Tongass National Forest Salmon Cam. Technology sure has made a difference on how we view and understand wildlife and fish. The links are hot too, so just click away. Beautiful photos and illustrations abound. NatureWatch goes techy. [PDF: 787 kb]
  • Salmon Coloring book
    C'mon, you know you like coloring books. Open this one! 15 pages of Salmon to color to your heart's content! Excellent. [PDF: 728 kb]
  • Scales & Tales Fun Sheets
    Really nice, and really fun aquatic activity sheets from BC, Canada. 18 Pages. [PDF: 1.2 mb]
  • SalmonNation Species
    Poster137 species rely on Pacific salmon... a great poster. [PDF: 2.8 mb]
  • SalmonNation -- What it is
    Cool map poster explaining what SalmonNation is all about. [PDF: 639 kb]
  • SalmonNation Lands and Waters
    Another cool map poster [PDF: 1.8 mb]
  • Something Fishy
    You are going to like this one. 25 pages of a State-Fish Art Project Lesson Plan. Something's Fishy! Thanks to Wildlife Forever for this contribution. [PDF: 488 kb]
  • Stream Simulator
    Partners are always looking for a good project to do. Here is a complete package for a stream simulator project, complete with photos, curriculum, construction drawings, and materials list. 20 pages. This is an excellent effort. [PDF: 2.3 mb]
  • Student Sportfish Handbook
    All you need for teaching sport fishing to children. Includes tips on safety too. Fully illustrated. 28 pages. Thanks to the Sport Fish Restoration for this fine contribution. [PDF: 771 kb]
  • Trout Life Cycle Game
    Check out this fun game on cutthroat trout life cycles. Many thanks to the Forest Service Southwest Region Fisheries Program for this contribution. [PDF: 13 mb]
  • Underwater Camera Case
    This project won the National NatureWatch Program "new innovations" award for 2003. Come see why! 49 Pages, fully illustrated, and an absolutely wonderful project to share with partners when there is a need for "something fun to do...!" See FISH VIDEOS link above to see the actual movies. [PDF: 1.1 mb]
  • Viewing Glasses
    If you need to justify buying fish glasses use this. [PDF: 851 kb]