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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Big Sioux Water Festival.
Brookings and surrounding counties.
2nd Tuesday in May
Contact: Deb Springman email@example.com
Missouri River Watershed Festival.
Yankton. Grades 7-12
Contact: Tim Cowman firstname.lastname@example.org
Vermillion River Days.
Vermillion. 5th Graders
Contact: Grace Freeman email@example.com
Northern Prairie Water Festival.
Aberdeen and surrounding areas.
Third Thursday in September.
Central South Dakota Water Festival.
Pierre/Ft. Pierre and surrounding counties.
Fourth Tuesday of September
Contact: Anne Lewis firstname.lastname@example.org