Children's Water Festival

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2018 Northern Maine Children’s Water Festival

Tuesday, October 9, 2018
University of Maine

The Northern Maine Children’s Water Festival promotes hands on learning about water issues. This one-day event brings together over 600 students and their teachers. Water resource professionals from Maine and New England provide presentations and activities about water, wetlands, human health and aquatic life; there are water trivia quiz shows hosted by local radio and television personalities, as well as activities using music and art. This experience is provided at no cost to the participants. In fact, the festival provides funding to help schools pay the cost of transportation. The festival goals are to teach students about the value of clean water and healthy habitats, and to provide teachers with materials and lessons that they can use for years to come.

Schools in Aroostook, Washington, Hancock, Piscataquis, Somerset, Penobscot, Waldo, Knox counties and the following northern Kennebec County towns: Clinton, Benton, Waterville, Winslow, Oakland, Albion, Rome, Belgrade, China and Vienna are eligible to apply.

“This was an amazing event. It was obvious that a tremendous amount of time and effort was put into getting so many good speakers and hands-on demonstrations. It was an incredible learning event!” — Participating 5th grade teacher

Selected Schools

The following schools were selected to attend the 2018 festival:

Cape Cod Hill Elementary, New Sharon
Center Drive School, Orrington
Connor Consolidated School, Connor TWP
Dr. Lewis S. Libby School, Milford
Fort Street School, Mars Hill
Jonesport Elementary School, Jonesport
Katahdin Middle/High School, Stacyville
Madison Junior High School, Madison
Mattanawcook Junior High School, Lincoln
Mill Pond School, Hodgdon
Nickerson School, Swanville
Veazie Community School, Veazie
Winslow Elementary School, Winslow

“This was a hands-on day that reinforced what we have already been working on – very valuable.” — Participating teacher

Festival Sponsors

Please contact Ruth Hallsworth at (207) 581-3196 if you are interested in providing sponsorship for the 2018 festival.

Presenters and Exhibitors

Please contact Ruth Hallsworth if you are interested in participating as an exhibitor or presenter at the festival.

Festival Committee

  • Denise Blanchette, Maine Department of Environmental Protection
  • Beth Chase, Maine Department of Environmental Protection
  • Ruth Hallsworth, Festival Chair, Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions, UMaine
  • Amy Polyot, Penobscot County Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Phil Ruck, Stillwater Environmental Engineering
  • Sophia Scott, Maine Drinking Water Program
  • Marianne Senechal, Maine Department of Environmental Protection
  • Laura Wilson, Cooperative Extension 4H, UMaine

For additional information see: Maine Children’s Water Festival Website