Each year, NGRREC’s Water Festival is flooded with hundreds of fifth grade students and their teachers for a fun-filled day of educational activities and interactive demonstrations. Hosted with the help of local partner organizations, the annual Water Festival offers over 30 hands-on activity station promoting water resource awareness as well as canoe rides and fishing.
Participating teachers attend a one-day teacher workshop in advance of the festival where they are introduced to concepts of water resources management and big river ecology. Teachers also receive free materials and resources to incorporate water conservation education into their classroom sessions to help prepare students for the festival.
In addition to the materials and workshops, participating schools are provided with funding for bus transportation and teacher substitutes.
2022 celebrates the 20-year anniversary of Water Festival. Since 2002, more than 13,000 students and 150 teachers from 42 schools have participated in Water Festival.