Founded in 1984 and based in Montana, the Project WET Foundation is a global water education leader that helps people gain a basic understanding of one of the world’s most precious resources as it becomes increasingly threatened by challenges like the effects of climate change and population growth.
Core to Project WET’s beliefs is that water resources management and education are key to social and economic stability for future generations, and that knowledge and respect for water “can encourage a personal, lifelong commitment of responsibility and positive community participation.”
In 2018, Project WET educated 2.5 million people worldwide using educational materials, events and partnerships. Forty-seven percent of Project WET educators operate outside of formal classroom settings and include corporate employees, nature center interpreters, parents and park rangers. Ninety-five percent of educators said Project WET workshops were helpful in teaching their students about water.
Project WET works with 155 partner organizations across five continents to deliver water education programs for both children and teachers, including those who live and work in the communities at the Newmont Goldcorp Yanacocha site in Peru and the Merian site in Suriname.
Through a science-based and interactive curriculum, critical concepts such as conservation, preservation and watershed management are delivered with the goal of everyone playing their part in keeping the world’s water fresh, clean and available for all.