Big Sioux Water Festival held May 7

Farm Forum

BROOKINGS – The 21st annual Big Sioux Water Festival will be held May 7, 2013, on the campus of South Dakota State University. Approximately 1,150 fourth grade students from 32 area schools are expected to attend.

The festival provides hands-on activities and experiments for fourth grade students to learn more about water issues, conservation, aquatic life and how they can do their part in protecting the environment.

Activities include investigating sources of pollution, learning why wetlands are important, traveling through the water cycle, learning how satellite imagery is used by water scientists, how invasive species and pollution affect the aquatic food web, boating and fishing safety, and more.

There will also be a Teacher’s Resource Room for the teachers to browse. Resources will include water education ideas for their classrooms, information on water-related continuing education and an opportunity to sign up for educational trunks. The trunks themes center around wetlands, lakes and streams, weather, water history; and include lessons, games, books, music, and other media material that can be used in the classroom to enhance their water units.

The festival is organized by members from the East Dakota Water Development District, the Brookings County Conservation District and South Dakota State University. More than 200 volunteers generously donate their time and talents to the event. The festival is funded through donations from area businesses, organizations, rural water systems, municipalities, conservation districts, and a small grant from the South Dakota Information and Education Program.

For additional information, contact Deb Springman, Big Sioux Water Festival Coordinator at 605-688-6741 or visit the Water Festival website