We provide hands-on opportunities for students to learn about water and its importance to people and our environment.

Students learn how scientists measure water quality, the water cycle, where water goes when the toilet is flushed, how tiny bugs are indicators of water quality, the importance of wetlands, basic water science, and more. About 1,300 students from the seven county metropolitan counties celebrate our most precious resource: water. See our Facebook page.

The first Metro Area Children’s Water Festival was in 1998 at Fort Snelling in St. Paul. The festival is a program of the Metro Conservation Districts.

The festival is planned and implemented by water resource educators representing metro area counties and watersheds, state and federal agencies and non-profit organizations. Learning station presenters represent universities; state agencies such as Metropolitan Council, Pollution Control Agency, Department of Natural Resources and Mosquito Control District; federal agencies such as the Forest Service, National Parks Service and Department of Agriculture; counties; watersheds; engineering firms; and more.

Planning Committee

The festival planning committee is responsible for the planning and coordination of this annual festival. The committee includes representatives from multiple agencies around the Twin Cities Metro Area.

Abby Shea
Anoka County Public Health and Environmental Services

Ann WhiteEagle
Ramsey County

Beth Carreno
Rice Creek Watershed District

Bill Olsen
Dakota County (Retired)

Carley Schmidt
Anoka County Public Health and Environmental Services

Dawn Pape
Ramsey County consultant

Janine Kohn
Minnesota Deptartment of Natural Resources Project WET

Jessica Collin-Pilarski
Washington County

Madeline Seveland
Carver County Water Management Organization

Nanette Geroux
Metropolitan Council Environmental Services

Paula Liepold
Dakota County

Stacey Lijewski
Hennepin County

Teri Heyer
United States Forestry Service

Coviid-19 Virtual Festival

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a virtual festival was held in 2020; the festival will be virtual again in 2021.


The Water Environment Federation recognized the Metro Area Children’s Water Festival with the prestigious national Public Education Award for outstanding work in promoting awareness and understanding of water and environmental issues.