Watershed Festival Celebrates Sixth Year

October 27, 2011
By Joyce Haynes

Festival organizer John Hobbs hopes that the Stella teachers will agree that the festival fits with their science unit and that it is a worthwhile festival for their school. "We'll see if we fits in with their needs and possibly include them with our festival again," Hobbs said.

Hobbs visualizes the festival growing in the future. "I'd like to be able to multiply the current learning stations," Hobbs said. I'd like to subdivide the Missouri Department of Conservation stream tables. We definitely have the room to do so."

The watershed festival involves all of the fifth-grade classes in the county participating at various learning stations The students then break for sack lunches followed by a test to monitor what they have learned. The finale of the festival is the Fishin' Magicians - a delightful due of entertaining magicians who have their show on water quality.

"The festival would not be possible without the help from a variety of groups like Elk River Watershed Improvement Association, University of Missouri Extension, Chert Glade Master Naturalists, Crowder College, Missouri Department of Conservation, 4-H, NRCS and FFA," Hobbs said. "Teachers can't say enough about how this festival helps kids remember when the study science."