The 2016 Water Festival was a success!
We served 71 classes, 2,278 teachers, students and chaperones. Over 130 volunteers gave their time by presenting programs and acting as guides!
Thank you to all the organizations and sponsors for your support!
The Rouge River Water Festival is a water education event held the third week of September since 2003 at Cranbrook Institute of Science (CIS). Fourth and Fifth grade students from the Oakland County portion of the Rouge River watershed attend the festival.
It educates 2,000 students yearly about the Rouge River and water science. That amounts to nearly 23,000 students since it began. Thank you to all of the presenters, volunteers and sponsors who make it possible!
2017 Festival Registration will be posted in early spring 2017
All 4th and 5th grade classes from Oakland County schools in the Rouge River watershed are welcome to attend for FREE! Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
We are looking for Presenters to join us for the upcoming 2017 festival. We ask that you provide four 25-minute, fun and interactive lessons related to water. Indoor and outdoor presentation spots are available. Each Presenter will receive lunch and a Water festival T-shirt. Please consider sharing your knowledge and expertise with the next generation of water stewards!
We rely on volunteers to make the water festival easy to navigate for visiting schools. Volunteers play a key role in guiding a class to their presentations. Each volunteer will receive a lunch and Water Festival T-shirt. Join us for a fun and rewarding experience!
For more information on registration, please contact the Water Festival Coordinator by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 248.645.3223
Rouge River Water Festival Teacher Curriculum and Resource Guide (18019.7kb)
Comprehensive 175-page curriculum guide with activities to directly support water festival learning throughout the year.
Rouge River Activity Book contains a watershed map, information, facts, games, and puzzles to help students learn about the Rouge.
Project WET USA - Find resources to bring water education into the classroom with Project WET. The mission of Project WET is to reach children, parents, educators and communities of the world with water education.
World Water Quality Monitoring Day - World Water Monitoring Day is held yearly in September. Their website provides information on how to monitor water quality in your local river using an easy-to-use kit ordered on their website. Data is reported and shared world-wide.
Bucket Buddies - Find out what is living in your local pond with Bucket Buddies. It is a collaborative project for students in the U.S. and other countries to study aquatic life in a pond and compare distribution of aquatic organisms. The website includes project instructions and a teacher guide.
What is the cost?
This educational event is free to schools. Additionally, all Water Festival presenters, exhibitors and volunteers provide their time and expertise for free.
What will students do?
Students learn about the central role water and the Rouge River play within their region. Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills, situated on three sub-branches of the Rouge River, offers an outstanding learning environment.
Each class attends a series of outdoor and indoor presentations. Presentations will be 25-minutes and will be designed, as much as possible, to be interactive, hands-on learning experiences. All presentations and exhibits relate to water, its uses, and critical importance to us and our environment.
Local professionals volunteer their time as presenters and 35 different organizations participate in the event. The festival utilizes both museum classrooms and the campus as teaching areas, including a section of the Rouge River. Presentations include the water cycle, storm water pollution, Great Lakes history, groundwater, Rouge River wildlife, Great Lakes invasive species, native plants and more.
The festival utilizes the beautiful grounds of CIS to make the event special. A giant Stegosaurus sculpture, world-class architecture, fountains, and flow pools are the setting for outdoor presentations – creating an exceptional experience for students. Indoor presentations provide access to view the Institute’s world-class gem and mineral collections, and Geology and Anthropology exhibits.
Hosting the Rouge River Water Festival has built the foundation for the development of a comprehensive state-wide Great Lakes watershed environmental education program at Cranbrook Institute of Science.
We sincerely thank all of the partners who have made this event and education possible through contributing time, support and leadership!