YOU’RE INVITED!

Teachers and students are invited to attend the 26th 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 27, 2023.

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.

MORE WATER FUN!

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

In-Person Festival

We are excited to continue in-person water festivals!

The in-person festival will take place at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on Wednesday, September 27, 2023. There is no cost to attend the festival, thanks to our sponsors. Reimbursements for bussing costs may be available.

Registration for the in-person festival opens on February 15, 2023. Click the blue button below to go to the Register page.

There are often more classes interested in participating in the festival than we can accommodate, therefore all registered classes are included in a selection process that works to ensure equitable representation. Classes selected to participate will be notified by early May. All remaining registered 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 everyone!

The virtual festival 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. It can also be a great supplement for those who attend the in-person festival too!

In addition to classes, families are welcome to explore the virtual festival on their own as well.

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