Water Resource & Environmental Education

Chisago County Children's Water Festival

Since 2003, Chisago County has sponsored a Children’s Water Festival to provide youth and classroom teachers with an innovative, quality, hands-on learning opportunity highlighting the relationship and interdependence of water to all living things.  The festival shows how our actions in Chisago County can directly impact the quality of our lakes and rivers, which are so very important to our heritage.

Each year, approximately 600 students from Chisago County attend the festival.  The Children’s Water Festival would not be possible without generous donations of time and resources from a variety of sources.  A Planning Committee with staff from Chisago County, the Chisago SWCD, DNR Project WET, University of Wisconsin, River Falls and Wild Mountain dedicate their time to plan the festival each year.   Please contact Susanna Wilson Witkowski at 651-213-8380 for more information about the event.

Chisago County Children's Virtual Water Festival - Thursday, September 23, 2021

Welcome to the Chisago County Children’s Virtual Water Festival!  Our in person Water Festival for all Chisago County fifth graders had to be cancelled last year due to COVID-19.  Our mission is to show how water relates to all living things.  Our theme this year is “Clean Water is Life.”   Our goal is to show how our actions in Chisago County can directly affect the quality of our lakes and rivers.

The festival Planning Committee has found 30 learning videos and activities that are divided into five water categories:  Aquatic Invasive Species, Water and Wildlife, Watersheds, Water Quality and Weather.  The presentations and activities focus on weather, frogs and toads, the water cycle, aquatic invasive species, watersheds, drinking water, water pollution, and lakes and rivers.  

Each presentation or activity is summarized in an Information Sheet in the list below. You can watch the presentation video, or do an activity or lesson.  You can view one, two or all of the presentations that are part of each category.  If you want to dig deeper, you can look at the Other Resources category and find more water resources to explore.

We hope you enjoy the presentations and activities!

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE INTRODUCTION VIDEO TO KICK-OFF THE FESTIVAL - mp4!

Click here for more information on the format for the festival.

Virtual Water Festival Presentations and Activities

Chisago County

Chisago County staff provides outreach education and communicates with residents on a variety of water resource topics ranging from educating students at the Chisago County Children’s Water Festival to promoting using the Hook, Line and Sinker collection stations at public water accesses. Visit the links below for more information on water resource education topics.

Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District

One of the goals of the Lake Improvement District is to promote environmental education, awareness and stewardship within the Chisago Lakes Watershed. Every resident lives in a watershed.

Whether knowingly or not, every resident of the Lake Improvement District and Chisago County may contribute to water pollution through everyday activities such as fertilizing farm fields, throwing litter down storm drains, or not cleaning up after pets. The resulting stormwater runoff from the surrounding watershed is one of the greatest threats to the lakes. Watershed education and stewardship is an important tool for protecting and restoring urban, rural, and agricultural watersheds.

Education Resources