"There's water here again, and because there's water we have tons of new wildlife," said
The Rio Salado Wetlands Habitat in South Phoenix served as a classroom for a group of valley 6th graders learning about water conservation.
"Every week we investigate a new idea about water, new ways to conserve water, the kids are getting this knowledge, and they are becoming scientists," said teacher Dinora Ramirez.
The program is a year-long effort to change the way the next generation thinks about water.
"It's bio diversity and how it travels, how we can conserve the water in our aqua ducts," said a student.
"It's so important, because as you know we have issues with water and the students need to know that growing up, and they can go home and teach their families when they leave here," said Hailey Morris with Americorps.
The students worked with members from Americorps and Project Wet in the classroom and in the field.
"We are installing lots of new trees and butterfly plants to draw in monarch butterflies," said Tara Oakes with Arizona Project Wet.
They study everything from water chemistry to water quality, to the plants and animals that live in our water.
"I've learned all the pollinators, the different types of rivers we have here in Phoenix, and all the species that live here," said a student.
The hope is they will learn enough in six weeks to make a difference for an entire lifetime.
Several valley schools participated in the project that runs through March 27.