Water Conservation Office Educates Fourth Grade Students About the Vital Role Water Plays in Our Daily Lives
Hundreds of fourth graders throughout Santa Fe will descend on the Santa Fe Community Convention Center April 16 and 17 from 9:30 a.m. until noon for interactive learning and fun at the 11th Annual Santa Fe Children’s Water Fiesta.
“Water quality and conservation are critical issues in Santa Fe and anyone of any age can be part of the solution,” said Laurie Trevizo, Water Conservation Manager. “The goal of the Water Fiesta is to involve children in water-related issues which results in a water-smart community.”
During the Water Fiesta, sponsored by the City of Santa Fe Water Conservation Office, students will learn about all facets of water, from conservation and wastewater to ecosystems, watersheds and pollution. Experts will present water-related facts, concepts and values through fun, hands-on learning activities. For example, students will have the opportunity to play Water Jeopardy, act as water droplets moving through the water cycle, and observe water bugs up close and personal.
Some 600 students from 10 public schools are scheduled to participate over the two days of the fiesta. Each school group attends one day and each student receives a free T-shirt with artwork by the grand prize winner of the 2012 water conservation poster contest.
The classes are designed to cover core teaching curricula in math, science, social studies, language and visual arts, and health and wellness. Santa Fe Public School fourth-grade teachers were invited to apply earlier in the year. Those attending were invited to a teacher workshop and given a classroom resource kit.
Presenters include representatives from the Audubon Society, Surface Water Quality Bureau of the New Mexico Environment Department, U.S. Forest Service, New Mexico Land Office, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Forest Service, New Mexico Game and Fish Department, New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension, Albuquerque Bernalillo Water Utility Authority, Keep Santa Fe Beautiful, and City of Santa Fe Water and Wastewater divisions.
The fiesta is organized by the City of Santa Fe and includes partner agencies from county, state, federal and nonprofit organizations involved in water issues.
For more information about Santa Fe’s water conservation programs and incentives, please visit www.santafenm.gov/waterconservation.