About the Festival
What: A free event where Colorado Water professionals provide presentations and activities about water, conservation, health, and aquatic life. A wide range of curriculum areas are covered, including language arts, math, science, social studies, visual art, and health.
The 2018 Festival Theme is, “Water for Health.”
Who: 4th grade students in Weld, Morgan, and Adams Counties.
Why: To teach students that water is an essential, limited resource and that they can take action. The event provides teachers with materials and lessons that they can use for years to come.
The Central Colorado Water Conservancy District created the Children’s Water Festival in 1991. This festival is one of the oldest children’s water festivals in the nation. In 2006, the City of Greeley Water Conservation and Stormwater programs began co-sponsoring the event.
Kids Learn About Water with Fun, Hands-On Activities
Each spring, approximately 1,800 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. Colorful T-shirts are available for purchase.
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
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Be a Heritage Culturalist Volunteer!
- Pursue your interest in the history of Northern Colorado!
- Learn how to document historic sites!
- Share your knowledge and expertise with others!
What is the Heritage Culturalist Program?
The Heritage Culturalist Program (HCP) is a FREE ambassador training program that educates volunteers in the rich history and recreation opportunities of the Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area (CALA). Once trained, volunteers provide interpretation and expertise to the public at Poudre Heritage Alliance (PHA) programs and events.
Learn more about the 2018 field sites here!
What does a Heritage Culturalist Volunteer do?
During the training, HCP Volunteers visit historical sites and participate in interactive discussions to develop deeper knowledge of the CALA. Once the training program is completed, HCP volunteers use their expertise to educate the public and increase awareness of the National Heritage Area by:
- Leading community events, teacher workshops, seminars, guided tours, and other activities.
- Participate in additional training opportunities and educational events through PHA and its partner organizations.
- Creating professional documentation of Heritage Area resources that enhance heritage tourism opportunities.
Poudre RiverFest is a free, family-friendly festival in Fort Collins, Colorado, that restores, celebrates and educates people about the Cache la Poudre River, an important natural resource in our community. The festival features a variety of activities for people to explore the role of the river as an important habitat for wildlife, a recreation area and a source for clean drinking water. Educational and volunteer activities take place throughout the day with a culminating celebration in the afternoon.
June 2, 2018, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Location: Adjacent to New Belgium Brewery on the Poudre River Oxbow
Poudre RiverFest is made possible through the support of generous sponsors in our community that care about the Cache la Poudre River. The festival is a collaborative event that brings together like-minded nonprofits from our local conservation community:
- Bird Conservancy of the Rockies
- Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed
- National Association for Interpretation
- Poudre Heritage Alliance
- Wildlands Restoration Volunteers
Proceeds support the festival activities allowing the community to have a free event where they can learn about and engage with the Poudre River.
Schedule of Activities (Specific times are still being determined)
- 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. – FESTIVAL CELEBRATION with New Belgium beer garden, food trucks, guest speakers, workshops, kids’ activities, exhibitors and live music! Music will be provided throughout the day. Stay tuned for band lineup announcements!
- 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. – KIDS CORNER hands-on learning and fun! (located inside the festival grounds)