Wednesday, June 1, 2016

WaterFest 2016 – Make A Splash on June 4!

Try out a Voyageur canoe ride at WaterFest on the Phalen Creek channel!

WaterFest 2016 is just around the bend! Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 4 and come join us at Lake Phalen Park from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Make a Splash! More information HERE.

It’s our 16th annual festival to celebrate water in our community, learn, connect and have a great time!

This free, family festival celebrating our clean lakes offers fun and an opportunity for outdoor hands-on learning about clean water, wildlife, and land and water conservation. Start the day with a Voyageur canoe, paddleboat, canoe, kayak or a solar pontoon boat ride, learn to fish or participate in a fishing contest.

Wilderness Inquiry provides free canoe lessons and equipment.

For landlubbers, the fun continues with the Farnsworth School Marching Band from 11am-Noon, water games, clowns, a water arcade, a Water Bar, native plant giveaway, passport odyssey, live animals, K9 zebra mussel sniffing dogs, landscaping, watershed and art exhibits, music and dance, pre-fest (10:30am) lakeside yoga, food for purchase and lots more!
Center for Hmong Arts and Talent has a great line-up of talent for WaterFest.
Fill out a Pledge to Plant For Clean
Water and Pollinators card and
get a free plant

Be sure to pick up a passport and stop off at the 12 exhibits on it to win a free prize. Here are several activities we have lined up on the passport:

  • Pledge to Plant for Clean Water and Pollinators.  
  • Watch a performance at the amphitheater by the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent from 12-4 pm.
  • Be a native wildflower and attract a pollinator.
  • Watch K9 (dogs) find zebra mussels.
  • Catch a critter with a net.

In April, Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District (RWMWD) received the 2016 Sustainable Saint Paul Environmental Education Award for WaterFest. It was noted as “an event for all ages, with the vision that everyone can play a role in protecting our water resources.” The City of Saint Paul combines their “National Get Outdoors” celebration with WaterFest sponsoring arts and crafts, the jump castle, climbing wall, archery, face painting and sailing.

Get to the top at WaterFest!
In addition to RWMWD, WaterFest 2016 is sponsored by the cities of Saint Paul, Maplewood, Roseville, Little Canada, Shoreview, North St. Paul and White Bear Lake, Ramsey County, Barr Engineering, Met Council Environmental Services, MN Water Well Association, MN Native Landscapes, and other partners.

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