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children in fog curtainWater is one of the most important substances to humans and the availability of clean, safe water is one of the most critical environmental issues that we face today. Water shortages and pollution threaten individuals, communities, and countries around the globe. We have new ways of purifying water—such as disinfection and high-tech filtration—but we have new ways of contaminating it, too. Fortunately, many water problems also have solutions. From households to huge cities, elected officials to entrepreneurs, everyone has a role to play in protecting Earth's water.

This comprehensive exhibit explores why water is essential to life, how water shapes our planet and regulates our climate, how water is distributed across the planet, and how we can be better stewards of our water planet. Having worked their way through this exhibit, your students will be better prepared for their current and future responsibility to be careful, informed stewards of this most vital element.

Special School Group Prices

Water and exhibits: $5.00 per person
Note: The museum admits up to two chaperones free for every 10 students.

For more information or to book your visit, call (651) 221-9444 or (800) 221-9444, or visit our Field Trips webpage.

Educator Resources

Educator's Guide (PDF | 737 KB)
This guide to the Water exhibition contains essential questions, pre-visit activities, student worksheets, and much more to prepare for your class visit.

Water - Minnesota Academic Standards: Science K-12 (PDF | 204 KB)
A field trip to the Water exhibition can be a wonderful resource to extend and support your learning goals. Use this list to identify connections to student learning that are outlined in the MN Academic Standards for Science.

Urban Water Cycle - Drinking-Water Module
Minnesota Department of Health's interactive drinking water educational module, The Urban Water Cycle.