Wetlands are crucial links in a watershed, and contribute to the health and stability of entire ecosystems. They have been called “nature’s kidneys” because of their filtering ability, and “nature’s supermarkets” because they are so productive. Many plants and animals that live in wetlands cannot survive anywhere else. The following links will offer more information about these important places and why and how they can be protected.
US Fish & Wildlife
- World Wetland Day Celebrated on February 2
- The Young Scientist Introduction to Wetlands An informative book to read and color prepared by the US Army Corps of Engineers (Requires Acrobat Reader to open)
- Wetlands Facts Prepared by Idaho Public Television with an Intermountain perspective
- Wondrous Wetlands Kids Garden News, National Gardening Association, background, definitions, lessons and activities
- More than Just a Swamp US EPA, Wetlands Glossary and Crossword Puzzle
- Wetland Inhabitant Word Search US EPA Word Search—find and circle
- Louisiana Coastal Coloring Book Print and color wetland pictures
- Wetland Animal Coloring Book Prepared by US Fish and Wildlife, print and color (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
- Freshwater Wetlands Photos and descriptions from the Missouri Botanical Gardens
- UEN Wetland Hotlist Utah Education Network resource compendium for wetlands
For teachers and parents who want to learn more, here is a recommended book:
- WOW! Wonders of Wetlands thru Project WET This is a purchase point for WOW! Wonders of Wetlands, an educator’s guide to wetland education with hundreds of pages of activities prepared by teachers and non-profit groups. The book is also available through other outlets like Amazon.