Annual Children's Water Festival draws hundreds of learners

Fifth graders from around the area get hands-on learning opportunities at the annual Children’s Water Festival – like this girl with a frog during a previous event. This year’s festival will be Sept. 19 at Wild Mountain recreation area. 


Thursday, Sept. 19, marks the 17th annual Children’s Water Festival. Each year, the festival hosts approximately 700 kids. That means that since 2003, over 11,000 students have learned the important role that healthy waters in Chisago County play in our daily lives. 

Water Festival Mission: To provide a quality, hands-on learning opportunity to teach the importance of water to all living things.

The county’s name of Chisago was derived from the Native American words Ki-Chi-Saga, which means “fair and lovely waters.” Holding a festival for fifth graders gives us an opportunity to teach them to be good stewards of our water resources and more fully appreciate our county’s heritage and why our forefathers chose to settle at Ki-Chi-Saga. 

We want the children to have a fun day, but also to have them come away with an appreciation of our water resources. Kids will learn about amphibians, fish, erosion, ground water and surface water (to name a few), all while playing games and having hands-on interactions with our presenters. 

There is no better time or opportunity to create additional water quality advocates and stewards. 

This year the festival will be at Wild Mountain, north of Taylors Falls. 

There are a lot of people who work very hard to make sure the kids have a great day, from the planning committee, presenters (who include student teachers from the University of Wisconsin at River Falls), to all of the volunteers from throughout the county.

The planning for the 2019 event has begun, and we are looking for volunteers. For more information on how you could become involved or to see photos from past events, log onto the Chisago Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) website at or contact Susan Humble at 651-674-2333.

Susan Humble is administrative assistant at the Chisago Soil and Water Conservation District.

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