Children and adults alike will enjoy taking in the spectacular view of the dramatic confluence of Pittsburgh's three rivers (Monongahela, Allegheny, and Ohio) from the exhibit gallery with newfound appreciation for our waterways and an understanding of why we all need to conserve water. Fun, hands-on exhibits will entertain students while encouraging them to learn about water from all angles. Questions to get your students thinking include:
- Where do our rivers come from and where are they going?
- What lives in these waters, nests in these banks, and grows on these shores?
- What impact does my community have on the river? What impact does my family have? What impact do I have – personally (and, for the next generation of Pittsburghers) – through my choices?
When You Arrive
- The front part of H2Oh! explores the physical properties of water and the way humans use it. The rear part of the exhibit investigates water as a habitat and the animals that rely on it.
- Remind students that the animals are alive and should be treated with respect. Some animals may be resting or off-exhibit for feeding. Discourage tapping on the animals' enclosures.
Want To Learn More?
Here are some trusted web resources that go deeper into the topics covered in H2Oh!.
Encyclopedia of Life
National Geographic Environment – Freshwater
United States Environmental Protection Agency – Surf Your Watershed