John Dewey Learning Academy Water Festival

Established 2006

General Information: 

Our Water Festival is a tradition loved by students and staff alike as the first and often largest Service Learning project of the school year. Held at our outdoor classroom, The Leopold Conservation Education Area, new Lake Perry the Water Festival is a celebration!

Next Celebration Date: 
September 30, 2010

Water Festival

VIP tour available?: 

Denise Selbee-Koch, LMSW
JDLA Service Learning Coordinator
(785) 887-6004 ext. 1

Festival Activities: 

10 different stations providing engaging, hands on learning opportunities for elementary students to learn about water and becoming better stewards of our world. Staff and students from JDLA host five stations and professional conservation/environmental educators host the other five stations. All stations provide invigorating hands on activities to encourage students to become active stewards of water.

Detailed Festival Information: 

The JDLA Water Festival is an annual event that allows the students at JDLA to learn science, math, presentation skills, planning skills and the opportunity to go outside! Students use curriculum from Project WET, Project WILD, and Investigating Your Environment to create hands on sessions for elementary students to learn about the role of water in our world. JDLA students learn more when they teach younger students to basic concepts of these activities. In addition to JDLA students, Jefferson County Conservation District staff bring the Stream Trailer for students to observe the flow of water and the impact of good stewardship. The USACE brings a boat and supplies to teach water safety, students learn the basics of water rescue. The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks Fish Biologist attends to teach everyone about fish - this is the all time favorite of all students! The opportunity to see, touch and talk about real fish next to the water is enjoyed by all!

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