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Annual Water Festival#

Due to the pandemic, prioritizing safety for all involved and staff shortages, we have made the tough decision to cancel this year's Children's Water Festival. 

While we're sad to miss the festival again this year, we want to give a big thank you to all the planning teams, presenters, exhibitors, teachers, volunteers and so many others that have helped make CWF so fun for students over the years.

Please check out our e-learning page for some fun activities that students can do at home. 

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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

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 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 for more information.

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