Dear Educator,

You and your students are invited to attend the 2023 Children's Water Education Festival, held March 29-30, 2023 at the University of California, Irvine. Registration is open to third, fourth and fifth grade Orange County teachers and their students. There is no cost to attend.

Space is available for March 29. March 30 has reached capacity.

The mission of the Festival is to educate students about water-related and environmental issues that support Next Generation Science Standards. The Festival teaches youth that they can make a difference in protecting our water resources and the environment for today, tomorrow and for future generations. Year after year, teachers return to the Festival with their classes to engage in this unique educational opportunity.

Selections are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Once we reach capacity, subsequent applicants will be placed on a waiting list. We strongly encourage you to submit your request as soon as possible. Confirmation and waiting list notices will be sent electronically.

Consideration to participate in the Festival is dependent on each teacher's commitment to:

  • Create an account and submit an online application for his/her class by December 31, 2022.
  • Read and complete the Festival Checklist.
  • Ensure that his/her class conducts itself in a respectful manner throughout the duration of the Festival and complies with Festival guidelines.

Failure to comply with these requirements may result in the ineligibility of your class to attend the Festival and any subsequent Festivals.

Please register to attend the Festival on either March 29 OR 30, not both days. Applications must be completed in full.

Transportation information

The Festival is a unique and invaluable learning opportunity. We do not want schools to miss out on this exciting event due to a lack of funding for transportation expenses, so we will likely be able to subsidize a portion of the cost of transportation for schools that are truly in need. The subsidy will depend on the total number of requests received and the funds that are available.

Applications for bus funding will be available in January 2023. Once your school is accepted, you will be emailed instructions on how to apply.

Thank you for your cooperation and for your support of this wonderful event. We hope to see your class at the 2023 Children's Water Education Festival.