Children’s Water Festival

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NOTICE

To all participating school districts, Out of an abundance of caution, the North Plains Groundwater Conservation District is cancelling the 2020 Save Our Planet’s Water Festivals scheduled for April 17th in Perryton, April 28th-29th in Dumas and April 30th in Dalhart. The health and welfare of the children and adults participating in the festivals, and of those they may come in contact with in the community, is our number one priority. We believe the COVID–19 virus situation may hinder our ability to ensure health and safety during the water festivals. In addition, the District is suspending all in-class presentations until further notice. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and look forward to working with you in the future.

We had a blast at the 2019 Save the Planet’s Water Festivals! Check out our dates for 2020 Festivals:

Friday, April 17th, 2020 – Perryton Water Festival, Frank Philips College – Allen Campus
Tuesday, April 28th, 2020 – Dumas Water Festival, Moore County Community Building
Wednesday, April 29th, 2020 – Dumas Water Festival, Moore County Community Building
Thursday, April 30th, 2020 – Dalhart Water Festival, Rita Blanca Coliseum

The Water Festival usually begins at 9:15am and ends around 2:30pm. Changes to the schedule can occur, so please contact the district if you are unsure. North Plains GCD asks that schools arrive 15-30min early to sign-in and get seated. It is imperative that schools RSVP for the water festival if they plan to attend, so the district can plan accordingly.

This year’s Children’s Annual Water Festival will be in Dalhart, Dumas & Perryton, TX. The North Plains Groundwater Conservation District’s “Save the Planet’s Water” festivals have evolved from Project WET’s national day of water education. This nationally recognized day is celebrated across the United States with water festivals. Water festivals are educational, fun and interactive water celebrations where students explore a diverse set of water-related topics.

What is a Water Festival?

Water festivals consist of multiple structured learning stations where students actively engage in hands-on water activities and investigations. Station topics include the hydrologic cycle, ground water, spring water, water quality, wetlands, water management, water conservation, soils and the properties of water. It can be a large event involving many students or a one classroom day of learning.

Why is it important to teach children about water resources?

One of our core beliefs is wise water management is crucial for providing tomorrow’s children with social and economic stability in a healthy environment. We also believe that awareness of and respect for water resources can encourage a personal, lifelong commitment of responsibility and positive community participation.

North Plains Groundwater Conservation District’s Water Festivals

North Plains Groundwater Conservation District holds three Water Festivals each year. Festivals are held in Dalhart, Perryton and Dumas. The festivals reach over 800 fourth grade students each year with critical information about their role in protecting one of the planet’s most precious resources!

Please contact Krista Hopkins at 806-935-6401 or khopkins@northplainsgcd.org for more information.