• WaterFest - Education
  • Water Festival

    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.

    Upcoming Events

    Lewis and Clark Community College and it’s National Great Rivers Research and Education Center are looking for exhibitors to take part the 2024 Water Festival. The event will take place at Lewis and Clark’s Godfrey Campus. If you are interested in exhibiting please contact NGRREC Education at ngrreceducation@lc.edu.

    Sponsors are also needed to cover the cost of attendance for students. Donations of $50 will cover a single student’s attendance, $1000 a whole class’s attendance, and $3000 an entire school’s attendance. You can sponsor a student through the Sponsorship Form.

    Past Events

    Established in 2002, Water Festival was initiated by former Lewis and Clark Community College faculty member, Marvin Mondy. In 2023, the NGRREC education team sat down with Marvin to learn more about his vision. Click here to see Marvin’s interview.

    Since 2002, nearly 1400 students and over 180 teachers from 47 schools have participated in Water Festival.


    Water Festival 2019

  • Water Festival Highlights

  • For more information about the Water Festival

    Environmental Education Department

    1 Confluence Way
    East Alton, IL 62024

    Phone: (618) 468-2790