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Rivers, Ponds, and Lakes – Water Experiments For Kids

Darby Duck and the Aquatic Crusaders
Become an Aquatic Crusader and join Darby Duck in the fight against water pollution!

Drinking Water & Ground Water Kids’ Stuff 
Games, experiments and activities. Is your water safe to drink? How can you tell? From the EPA.

The Everglades
Once a healthy eight-million acre “river of grass,” the Everglades has been reduced to half its original size by a century of agricultural growth, urban sprawl and unwise water management.

Freshwaters
Only 3% of the world’s water is fresh water, and two-thirds of that is tucked away in frozen glaciers or otherwise unavailable for our use. Clean freshwater is a luxury in many parts of the world.

Hydro Tours
A virtual walk through an hydroelectric project. Learn how fish are helped to get around the dam.

The Nature of Water
Water is nature’s magician. Water is the solvent, the medium and the participant in most of the chemical reactions occurring in our environment.

The Ogallala Aquifer
Farmers in Kansas and other states that sit atop the Ogallala aquifer — the largest freshwater aquifer in North America — are pumping out water for crop irrigation far faster than natural seepage of rainwater can replenish it. Scientist David Hyndman from Michigan State University is helping develop a plan to better manage this vital resource for sustainable farming. From the National Science Foundation.

One Well: The Story of Water on Earth

One Well: The Story of Water on Earth
by Rochelle Strauss (Author), Rosemary Woods (Illustrator)
Seen from space, our planet looks blue. This is because almost 70 percent of Earth’s surface is covered with water. Earth is the only planet with liquid water — and therefore the only planet that can support life. All water is connected. Every raindrop, lake, underground river and glacier is part of a single global well. Water has the power to change everything — a single splash can sprout a seed, quench a thirst, provide a habitat, generate energy and sustain life.
How we treat the water in the well will affect every species on the planet, now and for years to come. One Well shows how every one of us has the power to conserve and protect our global well. One Well is part of CitizenKid: A collection of books that inform children about the world and inspire them to be better global citizens.
Canadian editions

The Panama Canal
Find out about its history, how it works, and watch ships going through via a webcam.

Pond Ecology
While this may appear to be a bit “dry” at first, skim down to where it talks about how to set up an aquarium for bringing home pond life so you can observe it better.

Ponds & Lakes
Join our Road Scholars as they investigate fresh water ecosystems “Down the Mississippi”! They’ll stop to investigate some real world issues along the way and need your help!

Pond Life
Interactive site where you create your own pond by dragging and dropping the plants and critters where you want them to go.

Pond Web
A book about pond life for small children. Read and turn the pages online. Click on the question marks to find the answers. A great way for young children to learn the names of pond creatures. and who eats which others.

Project Wet
A series of games and stories in pdf format to print out and play or read. Of interest from preschool through junior high age.

Rivers and Coasts
Join us on a field trip down a river and along an ocean’s coastline.


Rivers & Streams
Learn about watersheds and how a stream is formed and becomes a river.


The Story of Groundwater
What Is An Aquifer? The Cost of Water: Bottled water costs more than you think! The Groundwater Term Game: Play the fun interactive game to check your groundwater knowledge.

Test for Acid Mine Drainage
Science experiments for kids living where creeks are orange, yellow, or red. From the USGS.

WABO and IP’s Adventures
Pocketed between the clouds, you’ll find the neighborhood of WABO, short for Waterboy, and his family and friends, his best friend, IP, short for half a drip, is from O-Zone. A “Flashy” way to learn about the water cycle.

The Water Cycle
This video uses animation, graphics, and video clips to illustrate and explain each of the “flow” and “storage” processes in the Hydrologic Cycle, more commonly known as the Water Cycle: precipitation, interception, runoff, infiltration, percolation, groundwater discharge, evaporation, transpiration, evapotranspiration, and condensation. From the National Science Foundation.

The Water Cycle
Enjoy learning about the water cycle for kids. Understand how the water cycle works with our facts that help explain the different processes in a way that’s easy to follow. Follow the diagram and learn about evaporation, condensation, precipitation and more. A really large diagram from the USGS. Here is a diagram of the water cycle they have for young children.

Water Life
Water is everything and every where. Animated, interactive site about the Great Lakes and the St Lawrence River. (LONG Load time, open in new page and wait a bit.)


Wetlands
Nurseries for baby birds, these flooded areas help prevent damaging floods in populated areas.

What’s It Like Where You Live?
You’ll find a wide variety of animal life in or around fresh water ecosystems…aquatic birds… amphibians..mammals and of course, a wide variety of fish.

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