Boulder children’s water festival recap: ‘This is a great way to talk in very concrete ways about a natural resource that kids use every day’ — Sam Messier (Boulder Valley)

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From the Boulder Daily Camera (Amy Bounds):

“We don’t really have a lot of good drinking water,” said Joey DeYoung, a fifth-grader at Boulder’s Crest View. “We can’t waste it.”

Participants include Boulder’s water and open space and departments, Boulder County Parks and Open Space, CU Science Discovery, Growing Gardens, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, CU’s Museum of Natural History, the U.S. Geological Survey and local musicians and artists. Sponsors are the city of Boulder, the Keep it Clean Partnership, Northern Water, CU’s Office of Community Relations and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

Nearly 19,000 Boulder Valley students have attended since the festival’s inception in 1992. Participating students attend a series of four or five 25-minute-long classes taught by about 30 science educators…

Sam Messier, Boulder Valley’s science coordinator, said the program does a good job of aligning with the district’s curriculum and the new state standards, which emphasize natural resources in fifth grade.

“Water is certainly an important resource in Colorado,” she said. “This is a great way to talk in very concrete ways about a natural resource that kids use every day.”

More education coverage here and here.

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