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Southern Maine Children’s Water Festival draws nearly 700 middle school students to Portland campus

students holding a horseshoe crab

On Friday, May 19, USM’s Environmental Science and Policy department hosted its annual Southern Maine Children’s Water Festival for nearly 700 4th, 5th and 6th grade students and their teachers from York, Cumberland, Androscoggin, Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Kennebec, Franklin and Oxford counties.

The festival featured presentations, hands-on exhibits, quiz contests and stage shows, all with a water theme, to educate students about water's role as an animal habitat, uses in meeting human needs, water quality protection for human and ecosystem health, the different forms water takes in the water cycle, and water conservation.

students learn about water

The Southern Maine Children's Water Festival is a free event coordinated by leading state and nonprofit environmental organizations in Maine to advance environmental literacy, develop career interest in science, technology, engineering, and math fields, provide teachers with resource materials and classroom activities, and promote partnerships and collaboration between teachers and resource professionals.

To learn more about the Southern Maine Children’s Water Festival, click here.

To learn more about the Environmental Science and Policy program at USM, click here.