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2014 marks the 18th year of the Children's Water Education Festival (Festival). The Festival, the largest of its kind in the United States, will take place March 26 and 27, 2014 at the University of California, Irvine.

More than 7,000 third, fourth, and fifth grade students and their teachers are expected to attend the event, presented by the Orange County Water District, Disneyland Resort, National Water Research Institute and the Orange County Water District Groundwater Guardian Team.

The Festival presents a unique opportunity to educate students about local water issues and help them understand how they can protect water supplies and their environment. Since its inception, more than 100,000 children from schools throughout Orange County have been able to experience the Festival and all it has to offer.

Last year's festival hosted students from nearly 72 public, private and home schools from 20 Orange County cities. More than 65 California organizations generously devoted their time and resources to assist in educating budding young environmental stewards.

Throughout the Festival, participating organizations engage the students through interactive educational presentations that are taught to California State Science Standards. Because of this, educators consistently rate the education value of the Festival very high.

The Festival is provided at no cost to Orange County schools. Hosting an event of this magnitude is made possible by many generous sponsors, presenters and dedicated volunteers. We are proud to work with such committed organizations and individuals each year.

It is more important than ever to teach our children that they can be responsible by making "blue" and "green" choices to help protect our precious water resources and environment now and for the future.