There are many ways to be involved with the Metro Area Children’s Water Festival!
- SPONSOR – The festival is fully funded by sponsors. 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, and have a great time! See more details about volunteering below.
- PRESENT – We have 49 learning stations with topics ranging 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 4th grade teacher? Register for class selection in February, or contact us to get on the registration invite list.
Join over 1,800 4th graders as they engage in interactive education about water – it takes over 100 talented and enthusiastic individuals to make this possible! Below is a list of volunteer positions. Positions are filled on a first come, first served basis and recruiting starts each July. If you are interested, send your name, email address, phone number, affiliation, and requested position to Andy Edgcumbe at [email protected] or call 952-361-1037.
All volunteers are provided both breakfast and lunch.
Most volunteer shifts are 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. Some positions are only for half the day.
Approximately 11 area guides will be stationed around the festival to greet and assist with class movement from station to station. During class presentations, area guides will check-in with teachers. During class transitions, area guides will help direct classes to their next presentation. These guides will also help with keeping the festival on schedule and directing non-festival goers outside of the festival. There will be a morning training for area guides. This position is a full day commitment.
Water Arcade Team Members
At least 35 volunteers are needed to assist with activities in our two Water Arcades, where students have free time and an opportunity to explore different interactive learning stations. Activities include exploring aquatic bugs, creating water message magnets, pledging to reduce their water footprint, exploring groundwater, or being encapsulated in a giant bubble! This position can be a partial day commitment.
Approximately 20 volunteers are needed to be greeter guides. Greeter guides meet teachers at the bus, help get them set up for the day, and then walk them to their first station. A few greeter guide positions will be a morning-only commitment. There will be a morning training for greeter guides.
The water drops are our mascots, consisting of a costume that looks like a giant water drop! We could use two water drops and two assistants to guide the water drops around. Water drops are needed in the morning.
A number of our presenters require assistants at their learning stations. This position is great to assist and learn from a veteran presenter. This position is a full day commitment.
Compost Station Helpers
During lunch, volunteers are needed to help monitor compost/recycle/trash stations to ensure items get put in the proper location, as well as to educate students on what’s compostable, what’s recyclable, and what’s trash. This is a partial day role, running approximately from 10 am to 1:30 pm.
Lunch helpers help with arranging and providing classes with their appropriate lunches. Helpers will also assist with setting up the volunteer lunches. This job requires lifting and moving of lunches.
We also require a few “floaters” to serve in last minute roles and to run errands for the festival coordinators. 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 us. Thank you for your interest in getting involved with the festival!