Wednesday, May 11, 2016

It's Water-Wise Wednesday with Frannie the Fish {Nebraska Children's Groundwater Festival}

This week Frannie attended the Nebraska Children's Groundwater Festival in Grand Island, Nebraska. This annual, one-day festival brings fourth and fifth grade students from across Nebraska together to learn about our most precious resource - groundwater. The Nebraska Children's Groundwater Festival was started by The Groundwater Foundation and is now in its 28th year! The Central Platte Natural Resources District has since taken over management of the event.

The Nebraska Children's Groundwater Festival has inspired nearly 40 states in the United States and Mexico, Canada, India, and the United Kingdom to hold groundwater festivals of their own!

At the festival, students learn about all aspects of groundwater so they can make informed conservation and protection decisions on behalf of groundwater in the future. Frannie participated in the Awesome Aquifer Kit demonstration. Other activities students participated in include:

  • A magic show about groundwater.

  • The Raptor Connection - where students meet live raptors and learn how they rely on groundwater and surface water for food, shelter and nesting areas.
  • Water Rockets - Students use water and compressed air to make water rockets.