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Annual Water Festival#

The 29th Annual Children's Water Festival at Front Range Community College on May 20, 2020 has been canceled. We can't wait to see you in 2021!

Kids Learn About Water with Fun, Hands-On Activities#

Kids Learn About Water with Fun, Hands-On Activities

Each spring, more than 1,700 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.

Students spend half a day attending classroom presentations and visiting many displays in the exhibit hall. 

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 childrenswaterfestival@fcgov.com.

Need help funding your field trip?

  • Utilities is accepting applications for transportation funding assistance to Utilities-hosted educational offerings, including Children’s Water Festival.  When you register for the Children's Water Festival, select “yes” on question #23. Schools with the greatest need will be determined by Title I status, those new to attending the festival, percentage of Free & Reduced lunch student population or groups experiencing other financial barriers with transportation. Contact Greg Over at Gover@fcgov.com with any questions.
  • Click here for more information about the Poudre Heritage Alliance's Learning in Our Watershed™ program. This scholarship initiative provides support to Larimer and Weld County schools when they take educational field trips to the Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area. Please feel free to email programs@poudreheritage.org for more information.