On May 9, nearly 1,300 fourth graders from across the Miami Valley are expected to take part in the 16th annual Children’s Water Festival, an event designed to teach students environmental stewardship. The festival offers fun, hands-on activities, ranging from creating fish banks and bookmarks to planting seedlings.
“We want all of the festival’s activities to challenge the students’ minds,” said Felicia Graham of the City of Dayton Department of Water. “We want to teach them sound environmental values and provide them with knowledge that they can apply to their everyday lives. The goal is for them to assume positive life-long stewardship roles.”
The day-long festival held on the University of Dayton campus will include a series of 25-minute presentations on topics such as the importance of water to life, recycling, conservation, and the differences between ground, storm, waste and surface water. Students will participate in experiments and craft projects, and enjoy entertainment such as musical and comedy acts.
The event is a model for regional government and private sector cooperation. The City of Dayton, Montgomery County Environmental Services, the University of Dayton, Miami Conservancy District, and Five Rivers Metroparks have partnered with local business such as P&R Communications, YSI, and AMEC Environment and Infrastructure. These partners collaborated to offer area fourth graders a unique and memorable learning experience, furnishing the necessary funding, supplies, and volunteer staff.
The City of Dayton Environmental Management department seeks to protect and preserve water resources and provide leadership in environmental compliance and education. Our goal is to enhance the quality of life and sense of community for all who live, work, visit, raise families or conduct business in Dayton, Ohio.