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Park Rangers Teach Children the Importance of Water in Agriculture

Lake Berryessa Field Office participated in the Yolo County Farm Connection Day at the Yolo County Fair Grounds in Woodland, California. The Yolo County Farm Bureau holds this event annually to introduce children, from kindergarten through third grade, to the importance of agriculture.

Lake Berryessa Park Rangers were on-site and manned a display to introduce participants to the Bureau of Reclamation and taught children how much water is needed to grow their favorite agricultural products. For example, it takes 4 gallons to produce on head of lettuce and 65 gallons of water to produce one eight-ounce glass of milk. To close, park rangers emphasized that there are plenty of things at home people can do to ensure we have enough water to meet the needs of everyone, including our farmers.

The Lake Berryessa booth had about 30 adults and 480 students stop by over the course of the event. This is the first time Lake Berryessa’s Park Rangers have participated in Yolo’s Farm Connection Day at the invitation of the Yolo Farm Bureau.

Project Wet

Project WET – Water Education for Teachers

Project WET is an interdisciplinary water education program that provides K-12 teachers and other educators with hands-on classroom activities through training workshops.

The activities incorporate important environmental lessons into all disciplines including the sciences, mathematics, fine arts, social studies, language arts, and music. They are perfect for use in formal and nonformal settings.

Mission Statement

Project WET is founded in the belief that informed people are more likely to participate in the decision making process and to make a difference through their actions. The Department of Environmental Protection invites educators, resource managers, community leaders, and concerned citizens to join Project WET in educating young people about one of the most precious resources on the planet – water.

For Kids

Water is life!

  • There is the same amount of water on Earth as there was when the Earth was formed. The water from your faucet could contain molecules that dinosaurs drank.
  • Water is composed of two elements, Hydrogen and Oxygen. 2 Hydrogen + 1 Oxygen = H2O.
  • Nearly 97% of the world’s water is salty or otherwise undrinkable. Another 2% is locked in ice caps and glaciers. That leaves just 1% for all of humanity’s needs — all its agricultural, residential, manufacturing, community, and personal needs.
  • Water regulates the Earth’s temperature. It also regulates the temperature of the human body, carries nutrients and oxygen to cells, cushions joints, protects organs and tissues, and removes wastes.
  • 75% of the human brain is water and 75% of a living tree is water.
  • A person can live about a month without food, but only about a week without water.
  • Water is part of a deeply interconnected system. What we pour on the ground ends up in our water, and what we spew into the sky ends up in our water.
  • The average total home water use for each person in the U.S. is about 50 gallons a day.
  • The average cost for water supplied to a home in the U.S. is about $2.00 for 1,000 gallons, which equals about 5 gallons for a penny.
  • Water expands by 9% when it freezes. Frozen water (ice) is lighter than water, which is why ice floats in water.