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Feb 26

Children’s Water Festival Celebrating its 17th Year!

Posted on February 26, 2020 at 3:23 PM by Allan Warren

Water FestivalImagine 700 fifth graders, full of energy and excitement, bouncing from one activity to another to learn about water quality, wildlife, and the role they can play in stewardship of Puget Sound. Sounds a little like chaos, right? Yet, each year, sponsors, dozens of partner organizations, and over 100 volunteers help make the Children’s Water Festival a success. In the process, they help inspire the next generation to help protect the place we all love and call home.

Since 2015, Pierce Conservation District has coordinated this broad effort. This will be the fifth year that the event will be hosted by University of Puget Sound, giving students the opportunity to experience a local university and the resources it has to offer.  University of Puget Sound has proven to be an invaluable host and partner for the event. 

“The Children’s Water Festival sparks an interest in water and introduces young people toUniversity of Puget Sound dozens of community organizations across many fields,” said Lindsay Walker, Program Coordinator at University of Puget Sound. “It also allows them to experience a college campus and imagine themselves going to classes, playing sports and studying in the library. Hosting the Children’s Water Festival helps University of Puget Sound to develop and strengthen community partnerships and engages young leaders in learning about sustainability.”

None of this would be possible without the support of sponsors, grants, and volunteers. Sponsorships from the Port of Tacoma and Pierce County Water Cooperative, and a grant from the City of Tacoma’s Make a Splash program means the event comes at no cost to participating schools.

“The Port of Tacoma is committed to responsible, sustainable growth that protects theport-tacoma-logo environment,” said Jenn Stebbings, Environmental Project Manager for the Port of
 Tacoma. “The children of Pierce County are the future stewards of our region’s water, and the Children’s Water Festival is a great opportunity for them to learn and care about this vital resource. ThePort is proud to support and participate in this effort.” 

Each year, roughly 120 volunteers contribute their time to the event.  They come from local environmental organizations, water purveyors, educational partners, and the community at large. These volunteers help students participate in hands-on activities and demonstrations related to water quality, wildlife, and stewardship.  The activities are meant to engage students in the value of our local water resources and the importance of protecting them.  Many activities promote ways to prevent polluted runoff from entering Puget Sound.

When: March 17, 9:00am – 2:00pm 
Where: University of Puget Sound, 1500 N Warner St. Tacoma, WA 98416

The Children’s Water Festival is a feature of Pierce Conservation District’s Environmental Education program.  For more information about the event visit www.piercecd.org/223/ChildrensWaterFestival or contact Chris Towe at ChrisT@piercecd.org.