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 1,800 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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AREA GUIDES: 10 volunteers are needed to act as area guides. Area guides will be stationed in designated areas around the festival to greet and assist with class movement from station to station and help spread excitement. During class presentations, area guides will evaluate learning stations near their designated areas. Area guides will also assist with safety, help presenters set up and tear down, direct non-festival goers to the correct areas, etc. There will be a morning training for area guides.

WATER ARCADE TEAM MEMBERS:  At least 35 volunteers are needed to assist with activities in our two Water Arcades where students have an opportunity and free time to explore different, interactive learning stations.  Those include activities such as exploring aquatic bugs, creating water message magnets, pledging to reduce their water footprint, exploring groundwater through the Groundwater Model, or being encapsulated in Bubbleology!  If you can only commit a few hours, the Water Arcade volunteers are one of the few positions where you can volunteer for a portion of the day.

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GREETER GUIDES: 15 volunteers are needed to be greeter guides, a new position to the festival. Greeters will serve as helpers at the bussing station to help guide incoming and outgoing busses, unload busses, provide teachers with their presentation schedule, maps, first responder info, and festival evaluations, and unload lunches off the bus. After all busses are unloaded, greeters will have time to visit and evaluate one or two presentations, and be back to the bussing area in the afternoon to help load the busses for departure. There will be a morning training for greeter guides.

 

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.

Water drops greeting students.

PRESENTATION HELPERS:  A number of our 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!

COMPOST STATION HELPERS: During lunch we are in need 6 volunteers to help monitor our compost/recycle/trash station to ensure items get put in the proper location and educate students on what’s compostable, what’s recyclable and what’s trash. This is another partial day role running approximately from 10am to 1:30pm.

LUNCH HELPERS: Lunch helpers will assist the lunch coordinator in arranging and providing classes with their appropriate lunches. Helpers will also assist with setting up the lunches provided for the volunteers. This job requires lifting and moving of lunches. 6-10 lunch helpers will be needed.

SET UP / TAKE DOWN: 10 volunteers are needed to help with morning set up of tables and chairs and afternoon take down. The morning positions runs approximately 7:30am to 9:00am and the afternoon positions run approximately 2:30 to 4:00pm.  This is a physically demanding job, pushing table and chair carts and loading and unloading the tables and chairs on them.

FLOATERS:  We also require a few “floaters” – to serve in last minute roles and to run errands for the CWF Coordinators.  If you have helped with the festival in the past and are okay doing multiple roles, this job is for you. You may be asked to substitute for another volunteer, help with registration, lunch, the water arcade, evaluations, set up, etc.  This is another role that can work for only a portion of the day.

If you have questions regarding the volunteer positions or other items, please feel free to contact me.  Please forward this email on to others that may be interested in volunteering.  Again, if you are interested in volunteering send me your name, email address, phone number, affiliation, and volunteer interest to aedgcumbe@co.carver.mn.us.

Thank you!

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