What Is A Water Festival?
A water festival is typically a one-day event organized to educate a large number of students from several schools about water resources. Festivals consist of multiple structured learning stations where students actively engage in hands-on water activities and investigations. Station topics include the hydrologic cycle, ground water, spring water, water quality, wetlands, water management, water conservation, soils, and the properties of water, as examples. For more information, check out the Water Festival Guide.
Who Can Attend A Water Festival?
Teachers and students are invited to attend a Children’s Water Festival whenever they're scheduled in your region. The 2020 and spring 2021 in-person water festivals were impacted due to concerns with COVID-19, but teachers and 3rd-5th grade students may participate in many of the same learning stations in various formats including recorded live online classes, pre-recorded videos, and lesson plans. Many of these resources are currently available, and others are in the works.
Why Is It Important To Teach Children About Water Resources?
One of the core beliefs of Project WET is that wise water management is crucial for providing tomorrow's children with social and economic stability in a healthy environment. Awareness of, and respect for, water resources can encourage a personal, lifelong commitment of responsibility and positive community participation.
The mission of North Dakota's Water Festivals is to provide youth and classroom teachers with innovative, quality, hands-on learning opportunities highlighting the importance of water to all living things. Major water issues addressed include ground water, watersheds, drinking water, exotic species, lakes and rivers, and much more.
Check back often because we are working to provide online virtual Water Festival sessions/activities.