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Wyland Water Supplement: Lakes

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Whale murals by the artist known as Wyland have brought attention to oceans and marine life all over the world. Now the Wyland Foundation has teamed with Hollister Kids to create five NIE supplements exploring water issues faced by communities and habitats in the United States and other countries. Each supplement addresses the challenges facing a different water habitat: Lakes, Rivers, Oceans, Wetlands and Estuaries. And each centerspread is a handsome full-color Wyland illustration focusing on water issues. Use-the-newspaper activities connect the topics covered to environmental issues making news every day, and NIE teachers can download a FREE 90-page Teacher Guide from the Wyland Foundation Web site. The debuts of the Lakes and Rivers supplements coincide with a month-long “Barging Down the Mississippi” tour by the Wyland Foundation through the Mississippi River watershed in October. The tour features clean water activities promoting the preservation and restoration of the Mississippi watershed, education and entertainment events and personal appearances by Wyland. Classroom studies will promote volunteerism, and classes will be invited to local zoos or aquariums to extend the learning through interpretive exhibits and educational materials. Students also will get to participate in water quality testing and live painting events, at which they will learn how art can be used to promote environmental efforts. Stops on the tour include Minneapolis, Dubuque (IA), Madison (WI), Indianapolis, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Springfield (MO), Memphis, Jackson (MS) and New Orleans—though all NIE programs will benefit from these water materials. The Lakes supplement explains the origins of lakes, the role of lakes in watersheds, the importance of lakes to human activities and the impact of humans on lake environments. Profiles give detailed looks at lakes around the world, including the Great Lakes, Lake Victoria in Africa, Lake Baikal in Asia and the Caspian Sea between Asia and Europe. A special section examines the problem of invasive species in lakes, while profiles of people making a difference show how students can get involved.

Sample Newspaper Activity
Lakes contribute many things to areas that have them. Think about a lake in your area, or a lake you have read about in the newspaper, in magazines or on the Internet. Pretend you are a newspaper photographer assigned to take pictures showing all the things lakes offer. Make a list of things you would shoot photos of and give a reason you chose each one as important.

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environmental groups, water businesses and industries, utilities, civic groups, lake associations, conservation groups, recreation businesses or areas, resorts, boat or yacht makers, marine supply firms, state environmental agencies