Children's Water Festival at Penn State Behrend

Children's Water Festival at Penn State Behrend

Join us May 18, 2017, for the Children's Water Festival!

The Children's Water Festival will be held May 18, at Penn State Behrend.

Our goal is to educate fifth grade students about the importance of water, including ground water, surface water, watersheds, water quality, and water conservation through dynamic, interactive activities. The students will learn that everyone has a role in water conservation and environmental protection. 


The Children’s Water Festival is modeled after the Children’s Groundwater Festival. The Groundwater Foundation first initiated the children’s groundwater festival in 1989 to educate children about water and water issues through hands-on interactions with water professionals.

Target Audience: 1,000 fifth grade students from the Erie community.

Festival Specifics

The students will be divided into groups of 20-30, and each group will have a schedule of activities/times. In larger rooms and the activity hall, several groups may be combined. The classroom presentations, activities, and stage shows will last 25 minutes for each class with 5 minutes in between for class rotations. The Water Jamboree Activity Hall will run continuously with both indoor and outdoor activities. All groups will attend the festival 4 ½  hours. Guides, teachers, and chaperones will accompany all student groups.

More details to come: Please continue to check this site in the months to come for updates regarding the Children's Water Festival.


Registration is now closed as attendance is at capacity.

Volunteers Needed!

With so many students attending, a lot of volunteers – at least 200 in all – will be needed to serve as presenters, classroom guides and assistants, registration volunteers, logistics coordinators, and in many other roles.

If you’re interested in volunteering, fill out the form here.

For more information, contact Ann Quinn at 814-898-6993 or

2015 Festival Overview

In May 2015, The Great Lakes Children’s Water Festival, sponsored by the Water Systems Council, was held at Penn State Behrend. Thousands of fifth-grade students from Pennsylvania, New York, and Ohio attended the one-day festival and learned about the importance of water through interactive activities. Just what did they do? Take a look for yourself.