2020 Virtual Water Festival

Virtual Metro Area Children’s Water Festival: September 28th-October 1st

Welcome to the 23rd annual Metro Area Children’s Water Festival event page! Although the in-person festival at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds has been canceled due to concerns with COVID-19, teachers and 4th grade students may participate in many of the same learning stations presented in online classes, view pre-recorded videos, and download lesson plans, whether your classroom is doing in-person, hybrid, or distance learning. Teachers (for classroom viewing) or individual students may join as many of the online classes as they would like.

All online classes (closed-captioned) will be held throughout the week of Monday, September 28th-Thursday, October 1st – see the Schedule below. Each class lasts approximately 30 minutes, with time for questions at the end.

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How to Attend

To join an online class, pre-register by filling out this online form. Pre-registration for online classes is required at least two days before the class; we will email you links to the classes that you select to attend.

We will offer the online classes through Zoom. Please join each class at least 5 minutes prior to the start time. Please sign in with your name and school name. If you don’t have internet access, the class will have a telephone call-in option.

Online classes will also be live-streamed onto the Metro Area Children’s Water Festival YouTube channel. After the classes are over, see recordings of the classes on the Online Classes page via the YouTube links beneath each class’s description. You can get to a particular class’s description quickly by clicking on the class’s title in the Schedule section below.

To watch a video or download a lesson plan, see the Videos or Lesson Plans section below to be directed to the appropriate page with more information.

How to Use Zoom

Are you new to Zoom? We have a few tips to get you started. Before joining your first online class, visit the Zoom website to review their quick start guide. Before the class, test the audio on your computer. You can even familiarize yourself with Zoom by joining a test meeting.


For descriptions of and more information about the online classes and presenters, see the next section. You can also click the title of the class you’re interested in for more information. Online classes will also be live-streamed onto our YouTube channel, where they will be available for future use. Direct YouTube links to specific class recordings will be available with each class’s description after the class has concluded.

Monday, September 28th

10:00 am – Down in the dirty drainFriends of the Mississippi River

2:00 pm – Water connects everyone and everything on EarthCapitol Region Watershed District and Bolton & Menk, Inc.

Tuesday, September 29th

10:00 am – Journey through a watershed from forest to faucetUSDA Forest Service

1:00 pm – What fish is that?Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

2:30 pm – What lives in a stream and why? Practicing biological monitoring to find problems in a watershedMinnesota Pollution Control Agency

Wednesday, September 30th

10:00 am – Who polluted?Dakota County Parks

1:00 pm – Mosquito maniaMetropolitan Mosquito Control District

Thursday, October 1st

10:00 am – Mystery of the Disappearing Waterfall – Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, National Park Service

1:00 pm – A model streamMinnesota Pollution Control Agency

Online Classes

Click here to view descriptions of and more information about each online class and its presenter(s). After the class is over, a direct link to the recorded class on the Metro Area Children’s Water Festival YouTube channel will be added beneath the description.


Click here to watch fun educational videos from our partners on your own schedule! Looking for a recording of an online class? See the section above for more information.

Lesson Plans

Click here for fun lesson plans from our partners to use however you choose.

More Water Education Resources

Click here to be taken to our resources page for even more fun and educational resources with info on groundwater, invasive species, Adopt-a-Drain, Protect WET, and more!