Two of Our Most Important Resources: Our Children and Our Water Supply
During the festival - this year themed "Got Water?" - students and teachers participated in over 60 educational demonstrations and activities, including games using squirt guns, kids being encased in giant bubbles, live sea animals, an obstacle course, and making edible aquifers out of ice cream and clear soda pop. Together with some of the area's leading environmental education specialists, students explored the water cycle and discovered that water is a finite, irreplaceable, but recyclable resource. They also learned about sources of water pollution and how they can conserve water.
During the second day of the festival, a VIP luncheon called the "Expedition," was held for festival supporters to let them experience the event's magic. The Expedition included a behind-the-scenes tour of the activities in addition to the luncheon.
The festival has won five prestigious awards for its educational value through its interactive, hands-on activities. They are as follows:
- Public Education Award, California Water Environment Association, Statewide
- Public Education Award, California Water Environment Association, Santa Ana River Basin
- Water Efficiency Award in the "Schools" category, California Water Awareness Campaign
- Orange County Environmental Award in the "Government" category
- Claire A. Hill Award in the "Innovations" category, finalist