About 1,300 fourth graders from throughout the Metro will attend the 15th Annual Metro Children’s Water Festival at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on Sept. 26. The kids will learn how to care for something as common and important as the air they breathe: water.
Students will participate in more than 40 interactive learning stations and enjoy presentations by the Science Museum of Minnesota, Heart of the Beast Theater, U.S. Coast Guard, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Science Outside the Box and many more. Students also will experience the one and only water arcade—filled with hands-on activities like fish painting, bubbleology and Permeability Plunko.
They will also learn:
- where water goes when the toilet is flushed
- how tiny bugs can serve as an indicator of water quality
- the importance of wetlands
- how water’s movement through different soils affects the water in our kitchen faucets.
A major objective of the Metro Children’s Water Festival is to provide interactive water science education for students in an outdoor classroom setting. It also gives teachers resources to continue the learning experience after the event.
More than 150 volunteers and presenters help make the Metro Children’s Water Festival a success. They include staff from the seven metro counties and Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, watershed districts including the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization and the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, Metropolitan Council and University of Minnesota Extension Services—among others.
Approximately 40 Festival sponsors provided money or product donations for the Metro Children’s Water Festival.