Wetland Preservation Art

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In this hands-on art and science activity (page 4 of the pdf), learners brainstorm and discuss how humans use wetlands, then express their understanding of the subject in artwork. Depending on the materials on hand, learners could use paint, paper, paper maché, markers, or colored pencils; they could even compose a song! Extend the activity by organizing an art gallery to features their work. Older students could focus on slogans and advertising techniques, or design a bumper sticker or t-shirt. The 8-page pdf also contains background information on wetlands in general and San Francisco Bay wetlands in particular. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on Archive.org.]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per student)


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
      • Oceans and Water
  • Life Sciences
    • Ecology
      • Ecosystems

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Music
  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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