YOU’RE INVITED!

Teachers and students are invited to attend the 25th annual Metro Children’s Water Festival in person or virtually!

The purpose of this annual festival is to educate fourth grade metro area students about water resources and to present ways they can help ensure a future where water resources are protected and managed wisely. Through understanding of concepts like the water cycle, students learn to appreciate their natural environment and our abundant water resources.

This festival is for fourth grade students at metro area schools and home school students and is geared to match the Minnesota science standards for water lessons. The festival is free to attend thanks to a variety of sponsors!

At this time, we are offering two options for participation: in-person or online.

IN-PERSON FESTIVAL

The in-person festival will take place at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, with COVID-19 precautions in place.

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VIRTUAL FESTIVAL

The virtual festival is open to all classes and individuals. Schools who cannot attend the in-person festival or wish to supplement it are encouraged to explore the virtual festival.

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MORE WATER FUN!

Along with the festivals, check out additional resources on the Resources page!

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In-Person Festival

After a two-year break, we are excited to be working on an in-person water festival!

The in-person festival will take place at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on Wednesday, September 28, 2022. Classes will arrive between 8:50 am to 10:50 am and depart between 12:35 to 2:35 pm. Reimbursements for bussing costs may be available.

The entirety of the 25th annual festival will take place outdoors and students will only participate in learning stations with their class – there will be no indoor activities nor mixing of classes. The planning committee will follow all Minnesota Department of Education recommendations and guidelines. As such, if guidelines surrounding gatherings change, or in the event of rain or inclement weather, the in-person festival will be canceled, and all classes will be encouraged to participate in the virtual festival.

There are often more classes interested in participating in the festival than we can accommodate. Therefore, there will be a selection of classes to ensure equitable representation. Registration for the in-person festival is now closed. Classes selected to participate will be notified by early May. All remaining classes will be moved to a waiting list in the event another class cancels.

Virtual Festival

Easily accessible and readily available, the virtual festival is a great option for those wanting to learn from the classroom!

Taking place completely virtually, this option is great for those who aren’t selected for the in-person festival, or those who want to learn about water directly from the classroom. Those who attend the in-person festival are welcome to explore this content as well!

Learn about hydrology, the chemical and physical properties of water, invasive species, and more!

To get started, click below to register for the virtual festival. Then, come back here to view the learning station videos and activities, divided into six categories below.

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Hydrology

HYDROLOGY

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Impacts

IMPACTS

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Water

WATER

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INVASIVE SPECIES

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climate change

CLIMATE CHANGE

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When I grow up

WHEN I GROW UP

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