4-H Water Wizards
What is 4-H Water Wizards? 4-H Water Wizards is a 12-week science education project teaching 4th-6th grade students about water and its importance to the planet. Delivered to children in after school settings, students participate in hands-on learning experiences that encourage inquiry, teach basic information about water, and develop awareness. As part of the curricula, youth take a field trip to the American River Water Education Center. Youth also take action on a water issue in their community.
Training for After School Staff
Staff who work in after school program sites deliver Water Wizards. They attend three three-hour trainings—one for each of the three Water Wizards components: Water and the Environment; Water Properties; and Making a Difference. Trainings are hands-on and emphasize the importance of inquiry in teaching science.
Program Partners in our effort include:
American River Water Education Center
Elk Grove USD Expanded Learning Programs
Sacramento START after school program
- Sacramento County Department of Water Resources
- City of Sacramento, Department of Utilities, Stormwater Quality Improvement Program
- California Agriculture and Natural Resources
4-H Water Wizards Video
Watch our video for more information about 4-H Water Wizards.
What do Kids Do?
Components in 4-H Water Wizards include:
Water and the Environment (four sessions)
- Understanding the Water Cycle—Nature’s Recycling System
- Watersheds: Where We Live
- My Community Watershed
- Wetlands—Water, Wildlife, Plants, and People
Water Properties (four sessions)
- Is Bottled Water Better? A Taste Test
- Measuring Salinity of Water Samples
- Measuring Water Density
- Testing Our Water
Making a Difference (four sessions)
- What is Community—Why Volunteer?
- Choosing and Planning a Community Service Project
- Getting Your Service Project Started
- Project Day