Join us May 18, 2017, for the Children's Water Festival!
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.
BACKGROUND: 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.
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 being a presenter, please fill out the form here and return it via e-mail to Scott Sjolander, associate educator and urban forester for the Penn State Extension, at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, February 3.
If you’re interested in volunteering in another capacity, fill out the form here.
For more information, contact Ann Quinn at 814-898-6993 or email@example.com.
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.