Water Festivals

Water Festivals are hands-on learning opportunities about water for students and communities.  Traditionally, water festivals offer a variety of stations on numerous topics.  Formats can vary; sometimes students go from station to station according to a schedule with each stop lasing from 20-25 minutes.  Sometimes students or community members go from station to station as they desire.

The South Dakota Discovery Center offers a family water festival.  These 13 stations cover a range of water related topics using a variety of hands-on activities. Track the movement of a water molecule through the water cycle using beads, create puppets for your own wetlands puppet show or build an edible aquifer with ice cream!

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Below is a list of active water festivals

Sioux Empire Water Festival.
Sioux Falls and environs.
Tuesday/Wednesday of University of Sioux Falls’ spring break
Contact: Deb Callahan dcallahan@siouxfalls.org

Big Sioux Water Festival.
Brookings and surrounding counties.
2nd Tuesday in May
Contact: Deb Springman edwdd4@brookings.net

Missouri River Watershed Festival.
Yankton. Grades 7-12
Contact: Tim Cowman tim.cowman@usd.edu

Vermillion River Days.
Vermillion. 5th Graders
Contact: Grace Freeman gracefreeman@live.com

Northern Prairie Water Festival.
Aberdeen and surrounding areas.
Third Thursday in September.
Contact: Lindsey.Simon@sd.nacdnet.net

Central South Dakota Water Festival.
Pierre/Ft. Pierre and surrounding counties.
Fourth Tuesday of September
Contact: Anne Lewis annelewis@sd-discovery.org