Kids Learn About Water with Fun, Hands-On Activities
Each spring, approximately 1,800 third-grade students and teachers from public, private and homeschools attend the festival which is sponsored by Fort Collins Utilities and Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District (NCWCD). The festival is packed with fun, hands-on activities that teach students about water. The 26th annual Children’s Water Festival is being held at Front Range Community College, May 17, 2017.
Students spend half a day attending classroom presentations and visiting many displays in the exhibit hall. Colorful T-shirts are available for purchase.
The Fort Collins Children’s Water Festival is the longest-running festival in the state.
Emphasis is placed on hands-on, age-appropriate activities, including learning about:
- Wetlands and rivers
- Aquatic insects and wildlife
- Water resources
- Supply and conservation
- Water quality and safety
- Agricultural uses
- Water chemistry
- Water and wastewater treatment
- Drought and flooding
- Importance of water in the human body
For more information about the festival, contact Utilities.
From the Colorado Public Lands Website: “In May 2016, Colorado became the first state in the nation to establish a holiday recognizing the value of public lands within the state. From now on, the third Saturday in May will be known as Colorado Public Lands Day celebrating the significant contributions these lands have to our state. The bill passed with bipartisan support and was signed into law by Governor Hickenlooper.
Public lands are crucial to our way of life and economy in Colorado. They are a defining part of our heritage, identity, and unique way of life. This new state holiday is intended to encourage all Coloradans to get outside and enjoy our unparalleled public lands. Our public lands lands are vital resources providing clean water, protection of wildlife habitat, and offer vast recreation opportunities which in many cases can be accessed for free. The first-ever Colorado Public Lands Day will be celebrated on May 20, 2017.”
NEW LOCATION! New Belgium Brewing on the Poudre River Oxbow, Fort Collins, Colorado
Visit our Plan Your Visit page for pre-festival and early-bird activities, parking and transportation information, and contest details.
Poudre River Education, Restoration & Celebration!
Poudre RiverFest is a free, family-friendly festival that restores, celebrates and educates people about the Cache la Poudre River.
- Experience scientific research at a bird banding station and go on nature walks to learn about the river and its inhabitants.
- Volunteer to enhance wildlife habitat along the river with hands-on service projects.
- Learn about conserving the Poudre River and its resources through a photo scavenger hunt and kids’ activities.
- Connect with local organizations that conserve the river.
- Dance to live music.
- Enjoy beer from New Belgium Brewing Co. and food from local eateries.
National Get Outdoors Day is a new annual event to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun.
Participating partners will offer opportunities for American families to experience traditional and non-traditional types of outdoor activities.
Prime goals of the day are reaching first-time visitors to public lands and reconnecting our youth to the great outdoors.
The 1986 Congress designated the upper Cache La Poudre River as a Wild and Scenic River, located in the north central region of the state of Colorado. In 1996, Congress designated Cache la Poudre as a National Heritage Area due to its pivotal contribution in western water development, its influence on western water law, and its role in the evolution of complex water delivery systems. The Poudre has also played a critical role in regional economic development, including recreation, agriculture, urban needs, and the environment. The tour includes a visit to the Greeley History Museum, Poudre Learning Center and Fort Collins Heritage Park. While traveling among the sites, Heritage Culturalists of the Poudre Heritage Alliance will discuss water history associated with landscapes traversed and answer any questions.
Travel between sites will be mostly by bus with two short walking segments.
UCOWR friends and families are welcome. The tour limit is 48 people.
Please bring sunscreen, hat, comfortable shoes, and extra money in case you want to visit the Fort Collins Discovery Museum (fee is not included).
Registration Fee: $20/person
12:30-12:55 p.m. Optional pre-tour CSU Water Resources Archive, Short Poudre River Video
1:00 p.m. Meet in front of the CSU Library to load bus
1:15-2:15 p.m. Drive (with Heritage Culturalists) to Greeley Museum
2:15-2:45 p.m. Water Exhibit at Greeley Museum
2:45-3:00 p.m. Load bus – Drive by Delph Carpenter house at Island Grove Regional Park
3:00-3:20 p.m. Continue to #3 Ditch Diversion Structure, west of Greeley
3:20-3:40 p.m. Walk from #3 Ditch Diversion to Poudre Learning Center
3:40-4:10 p.m. Drive from Poudre Learning Center to Coy/Power Plant Diversion Structure
4:10-4:45 p.m. Walk from Coy/Power Plant Diversion to Discovery Museum
4:45 p.m. End tour at the Discovery Museum and optional transport to CSU
2017 Event Details To Be Announced
An afternoon of delicious discovery, delight & community spirit. Friends, families & neighbors will share a late summer day celebrating the good life in Weld County. Fest activities are growing & evolving every day! So far, you can plan to experience:
Live Music on stage ALL DAY
History Display of Weld Agriculture
Demonstrations & Education
Beer & Spirit Garden
& MUCH MORE
The Fest has Free entry. You can focus your attention on the discovery & participation opportunities & make plans to enjoy the food, beverages & fun that awaits!
An evening showcase of visual, music & culinary arts. Experience local foods crafted into delicious meals by local professional chefs, served family style under the stars. Feast proceeds benefit the Greeley Creative District. Seating is limited. Tickets available online or by calling the DDA at (970)356-6775. Buy tickets.