Pikes Peak Children's Water Festival

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The 2020 Children’s Water festival has been cancelled due to COVID-19, but we still have lots of activities that you can do with your students virtually. Scroll down the page for more information. 

About the Water Festival

The Pikes Peak Children's Water Festival will occur May 14, 2020. It gives fourth-grade students a chance to learn about water, wildlife, and pollution in a fun, hands-on setting.

Numerous water-related organizations presented a variety of topics. 
  • Catamount Institute will bring water samples from Mesa Creek to teach about macro-invertebrates and worms.
  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife will have live fish for kids to make better connections to local aquatic ecosystems.
  • The Stormwater Enterprise will use EnviroScape models to explain point and non-point source pollution, stormwater run-off and who contaminants impact water.
  • Colorado Springs Utilities will teach students about their water system, how to protect pipes from rusting, the effects of the Waldo Canyon fire on run-off and will play water relay races.

View Program Guide

Teacher resources for virtual learning during COVID-19

Virtual Presentations

  • Activity Title: Upstream downstream: protecting our water (City of Colorado Springs Stormwater Enviroscape station 1)
    • Description: Students simulate a rainstorm to learn about point and non-point source pollution, how it effects water quality and ways to protect our waterways.
    • Organization: Stormwater Enterprise, City of Colorado Springs
  • Activity Title: Caddisflies, Engineering an Ecosystem​​
    • Description:  Students learn how small underwater critters help reduce erosion and create healthy ecosystems
    • Organization: Stroud Water Research Center
  • Activity Title: What is a Watershed?
    • Description: A shed that holds water? Nope. Everyone in the world lives in a watershed.  Watch this short video to learn what a watershed really is.
    • Organization: Caring for Our Watersheds
  • Activity Title: A ride through the storm drain
    • Activity Description: Learn the difference between our storm drains and indoor plumbing with H2O Jo.
    • Organization: Colorado Stormwater Council
  • Activity Title: Soil health lessons in a minute: benefits of no-till farming
    • Activity Description:  NRCS Agronomist Ray Archuleta vividly demonstrates the consequences of tilling and the benefits of no-till farming.
    • Organization: NRCS
  • Activity Title: Soil health lessons in a minute: soil stability test
    • Activity Description: NRCS Agronomist Ray Archuleta demonstrates a simple way to test the health and stability of your soil.
    • Organization: NRCS
  • Activity Title: Upstream downstream: protecting our water
    • Activity Description: Students simulate a rainstorm to learn about point and non-point source pollution, how it affects water quality and ways to protect our waterways.
    • Organization: Stormwater Enterprise, City of Colorado Springs
  • Activity Title: Instant Freeze Super-Cooled Water
    • Activity Description: Most people believe water always freezes at exactly 32°F or 0°C and while it is true there is more to learn about liquids at much colder temperatures. This is called super-cooled water.
    • Organization: Cool Science
  • Activity Title: About the Trout
    • Activity Description: Learn about the needs of the Greenback Cutthroat Trout and what makes Bear Creek unique.
    • Organization: Bear Creek Nature Center
  • Activity Title: What it Takes to Drink Snowmelt
    • Activity Description: The engineering behind getting water from the other side of the Continental Divide into Colorado Springs.
    • Organization: Colorado Springs Utilities
  • Activity Title: Colorado Springs Utilities Water Quality Lab
    • Activity Description: Water is tested to make sure it is safe to drink.
    • Organization: Colorado Springs Utilities
  • Activity Title: Experiments for Kids - how to make rain
    • Activity Description: Colorado Springs is a semi-arid climate with an average of 16 inches of precipitation (that’s not much).  Students can make their own water cycle in a jar at home to see evaporation, condensation and precipitation in action
    • Organization: Ryan Cragun
  • Activity Title: Stella fixes a leaky flapper!
    • Activity Description:  Stella, our star 4th grader, shows you how to fix a leaky flapper in your toilet in nine easy steps and helps conserve water!
    • Organization: Colorado Springs Utilities
  • Activity Title: The Water Cycle
    • Activity Description: Learn about the water cycle with this fun new video!
    • Organization: CoCoRaHS – Colorado State University
  • Activity Title: Caddisflies, Engineering an Ecosystem
    • Activity Description: Students learn how small underwater critters help reduce erosion and create healthy ecosystems.
    • Organization: Stroud Water Research Center
  • Activity Title: What is a Watershed?
    • Activity Description: A shed that holds water? Nope. Everyone in the world lives in a watershed.  Watch this short video to learn what a watershed really is.
    • Organization: Stroud Water Research Center

Highlights from the past water festivals

Read about 2018's amazing Pikes Peak Children's Water Festival!

Pikes Peak Children's Water Festival

 

The Pikes Peak Children's Water Festival is jointly coordinated by the City of Colorado Springs and Colorado Springs Utilities, with support from Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado Springs School District 11, Catamount Institute, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Pikes Peak Library District.

Pikes Peak Children's Water Festival Committee