Columbia River Watershed Festival
September 24th and 25th, 2020
at William Clark Park
The Columbia River Watershed Festival is a science and nature field trip for 4th grade students that takes place each September. The event rotates to a new location each year, and local schools are invited to participate in this amazing (and free!) field trip to kick off their year with environmental learning. At the event, students rotate through presentations from local leaders in the environmental field who lead activities including guided hikes, story telling, music, games and more. All presentations connect back to the Columbia River Watershed and what we can do to keep it healthy.
Quick Links for teachers:
Review information about the Columbia River Watershed here.
Share this vocabulary list with your students to be prepared for the day.
Be sure to recruit chaperones for the field trip! Please share this chaperone expectation letter with them (in English and Spanish).
To get an idea of what presentations will be like, you can check out the descriptions here from 2019.
Watershed festival partners include the City of Vancouver, Clark Public Utilities, Waste Connections, Clark County, Evergreen Public Schools, Clark County Parks, Mount Saint Helen's Institute, the Watershed Alliance of Southwest Washington and many community volunteers.
The Watershed Festival has been a Clark County tradition for 23 years and counting! While it has evolved significantly over the years, the goal has always remained the same: teach students about local watersheds in a fun outdoor setting!
Watershed festival serves 30 classes of 4th graders each year from local schools. That's over 950 participants! Thanks to partners and sponsors, the event, including buses, is FREE! We rotate the event to a new park every year to help serve different schools without long commutes.