Metro Area Children's Water Festival

Get Involved!

There are many ways to Get Involved with Metro Childrens Water Festival!

SPONSOR – The festival is fully funded by MN sponsors and national companies. We are always in need of new sponsors to help keep this festival running and FREE to students. See who sponsors us and how you can help!
VOLUNTEER– It takes over 100 volunteers each year to help make this festival happen. Come join us for the day, work with kids, learn about water resources have a great time! See more details on volunteering below.
PRESENT – We have 35 learning stations ranging topics from groundwater, fish, waves, and plants that help clean water. Presentations are done with models, arts and crafts, puppet shows, and more.  Contact us if you are interested in presenting!
ATTEND – Are you a teacher of 4th grade? Enter our lottery in February, or contact us to get on the lottery invite list.

VOLUNTEER AT CWF!

Come join over 1,200 4th graders as they come to engage in interactive education about our water resources.  This awesome program is made possible by many generous contributors, including volunteers just like you!  In fact, it takes over 100 talented and enthusiastic individuals make this possible!  Below is a list of volunteer opportunities.  Volunteer positions are filled on a first come, first served basis and recruiting starts annually in July.  If you are interested in volunteering send your name, email address, phone number, affiliation, and volunteer interest Andy Edgcumbe at aedgcumbe@co.carver.mn.us or 952-361-1037. 

All volunteers are provided both breakfast and lunch while volunteering at CWF.  Each volunteer position is different, but most volunteers are expected to start at 8:00am and go through 3:00pm.

VOLUNTEER POSITIONS:

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Classroom guides ready for the day!

CLASSROOM GUIDES: 44 Class Guides are needed.  Class Guides are assigned to one class and accompany that class the entire day through their assigned learning stations, lunch, and class pictures.  They are there to help engage the students in the activities.  However, they are not there to chaperone.  Teachers and parent chaperones are responsible for this.  Positions are filled on a first come, first served basis. Time is 8am to 3:00pm.

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Helping in the arcade at the Fish Prints station.

WATER ARCADE TEAM MEMBERS:  At least 10 volunteers are needed to assist in the Water Arcade where students have an opportunity to have some free time to explore approximately different, interactive learning stations.  Those include activities such as fish painting, creating water message magnets, exploring groundwater through the Groundwater Model, playing Permeability Plinko, or being encapsulated in Bubbleology!  While the Water Arcade can get loud – student’s excitement puts a smile on volunteer’s faces!  We’d like to have at least 10 volunteers for the Water Arcade.  Water Arcade volunteers are one of the few positions where you can volunteer for a portion of the day rather than the entire day if you need to get other work items done.  Of course we welcome your participation the entire day.

BUS DIRECTION / PARKING:  It requires many buses to get 1200 students to the Fair Grounds.  From about 8:45 am until 10:45 am we need a set of volunteers to help direct buses into the Fair Grounds, get them to the unloading area, and direct them to where they can park.  If you prefer not to be surrounded by hundreds of 4th graders at one time – perhaps this is a volunteer role for you as you can just “wave” and “point”.  We need about 3-4 volunteers here.

PHOTOGRAPHERS:  Every class has their picture taken either upon arrival or at lunch time.  We need experienced group photographers to assist in this endeavor.  If you have experience in taking group pictures – please let us know.  We require about 4 photographers and assistants. These volunteer shifts go from 8:00am to around noon.

Water drops greeting students.

Water drops greeting students.

WATER DROPS:  Do you have an outgoing spirit?  Would rather not be seen or heard at the CWF?  You have an enthusiastic soul and a theatrical spirit?  Then volunteer to be one of our two Water Drops!  The Water Drops are our mascots – consisting of a costume that looks like a giant water drop.  We could use at least 4 volunteers for these roles.  Two Water Drops are needed along with two assistants to accompany the Water Drops at all times. Timing: 8:00am to noon.

PRESENTATION HELPERS:  A number of our 30+ presenters require assistants at their learning stations.   If you have an interest in assisting – and learning from a veteran presenter – then perhaps one of these volunteer positions might be for you! Timing 8:00am to 3:00, but depends on presenter.

FLOATERS:  We also require a few “floaters” – to serve in last minute roles and to run errands for the CWF Coordinators.  You may be asked to substitute for someone, help with registration, lunch, pictures, etc.  If you are only available a portion of the day, this might be a role for you!

MISCELLANEOUS:  We have several other miscellaneous roles to fill – registration assistance, lunch help, relief help for a presenter, water supplier for our talented presenters, etc.

If you have questions regarding the volunteer positions or other items, please feel free to contact us.