Wednesday, March 16, 2016

It's Water-Wise Wednesday with Frannie the Fish {Look, Listen, Discover}

Water is part of everything around us!  Water is vital to everyone, especially to fish friends like Frannie that live in it.  Frannie is going to share a fun activity that combines creativity with the power of observation to discover and explore water's irreplaceable role in our world - all you have to do is look around and listen to your surroundings to see proof of it.

Here's what you'll need:
  • Writing utensil
  • Paper
  • A surface to write on (for example, a clipboard)

Here's what you do: 
1.  Read through The Groundwater Foundation's Safety First Rules.  Remember - always be careful when outdoors and when you are around bodies of water.

2.  Find a local water body that is safe to visit.  Hike around the water body and the surrounding area.

3.   Use the following questions as a jumping off point for observations on your hike:
  • When it rains, where does the water go?
  • What does the body of water look like?  Deep, shallow, calm, choppy, big, small?
  • How does the water look?  Clear, cloudy, dirty?
  • What do the banks look like?  Rocky, rich with vegetation, bare, slippery?
  • How might the weather impact your location?  (Drought, storms, snow, rain, etc.)
  • What potential contamination sources can you identify?  Can you see trash and debris?  Can you see something that might pose a threat to water quality?
  • Do you see aquatic life?  Are there insects in the water, in the vegetation, or under rocks?
  • What types of wildlife can you see or hear?
  • How are people using the water? 
 4.  Write a story, poem, song or draw a picture of what you observed.  Get creative!  There are so many ways we use water and just as many ways we can protect and conserve it!

Share your stories, poems, and drawings with The Groundwater Foundation and you could be featured on Frannie's blog!


The Groundwater Foundation and Frannie the Fish want to wish Girl Scouts a happy 104th anniversary of inspiring, empowering and educating girls across the United States!