We're back! The 26th annual Children's Water Education Festival, the largest of its kind in the United States, will be held March 29-30, 2023 at the University of California, Irvine. The award-winning event is presented by the Orange County Water District (OCWD), National Water Research Institute and the Orange County Water District Groundwater Guardian Team.

The Festival presents a unique opportunity to educate third, fourth and fifth grade students about local water issues and the environment and helps them understand how they can protect water supplies and their environment. Since its inception, more than 142,000 Orange County students have experienced the Festival and all it has to offer.

Registration for the 2023 Festival is open. Interested teachers, presenters and volunteers are invited to click on the menu bars above to learn more and submit an application. Space is limited and we expect the event to fill quickly, so it is advised you complete your application as soon as possible once registration opens.

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.

Link to YouTube video of the Children's Water Education Festival 20th Anniversary
Link to FaceBook page of the Children's Water Education Festival
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