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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.
Editor's note: Graduate student Kirsten Tilleman will be interning this summer at the Project WET Foundation and will be sharing some of her experiences on the Project WET Water Education Blog. We're excited to have her input!
After Day 1 at the Project WET Foundation, I am even more excited for this summer! The day kicked off with introductions to the Project WET team and a great conversation with my internship supervisor Dennis Nelson, the President and CEO. He has many ideas for projects to work on throughout my time with Project WET this summer that deal with topics ranging from research questions and publications to digitalization and funding. A later meeting with the rest of the Project WET team in the office expanded upon Dennis's ideas.
My experience this summer will also tie back to my undergraduate thesis, which focused on early childhood environmental education, and my graduate work in Environmental Science and Management. Both reflect my interest in the interface between natural science and human interactions with nature. Project WET's emphasis on combining science method with water education provides a great opportunity to expand on my interests. Project WET's publications and workshops go beyond telling about water and water processes to provide tools that participants can use to learn through experience. Instead of simply defining groundwater, for instance, Project WET has a Battleship-like game where players drill until they are able to locate and define a groundwater aquifer. (Yes, I will be playing it at the first opportunity!)
My first day concluded with a workshop on non-profit funding hosted by the Bozeman Public Library. Put on by the Foundation Center, the two-hour workshop was a tutorial on identifying grantmaking foundations whose funding objectives matching the objectives of your nonprofit. I had no idea how numerous and diverse nonprofit funding sources were! The Foundation Center's online directory includes nine databases listing 2.4 million grants that date back to 2003. The idea is to provide access to the sources, amounts, fields, and locations of foundation grants on the premise that foundations' giving will follow what they have given in the past.
Looking back on the day, there are a couple of thoughts swirling around my mind: