Registration - Detroit River Waterfestival

Teacher / School Information

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Registration is now open to attend the 2020 Detroit River Water Festival on September 23 or 24, 2020 located on Belle Isle.

Each year 7th grade classes in the Detroit River Watershed area are invited to come to Belle Isle and participate in the Detroit Water Festival. Each participating class is able to attend informative water-themed based hands on presentations given by professionals working in local, state, and federal government agencies, natural resource groups, universities, non-profit environmental organizations, businesses and industries with careers related to water. Topics can include: Municipal, Agricultural, and Industrial Uses of Water Use, Weather and Climate, Wastewater and Drinking Water Treatment, The Great Lakes and Detroit River, Water Transportation and Maritime History, Soil Erosion, Wetland Ecology and Biodiversity, Water Related Recreational Sports and Activities, Boating and Water Safety, Search and Rescue, Oil Spill Response and Cleanup, Water Pollution and Pollution Prevention and many other "Water Related" topics.

The 2020 Detroit River Water Festival is free to attend and all Detroit schools are invited to apply for one of ten spots available on October 17th. Each class will attend four, 25 -minute presentations on the water related topics at various locations around Belle Isle. Presentations are designed to correlate with 7th grade science education standards. Applications must be received by May 15. You will be notified by September if your class is chosen.

Presenter Information

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Please join us as a Presenter for the Detroit River Water Festival! For 2020 we are expanding the festival to two days - September 23 & 24, 2020.

Over 1000 middle school students are invited to attend the Water Festival. Each class will attend four 25-minute presentations. Presentation locations are mostly outdoors on Belle Isle. There are indoors locations available, however limited. We can assign you to a location tailored to your needs and format. We ask that Presenters provide four 25-minute educational presentations on water for visiting classes. Classes will rotate in groups of appx. 30 students between presentation stations. There will be two morning classes and two afternoon classes for each Presenter.

Schools begin presentations at 10 am and we ask that you arrive by 9:00 am to set-up. Presentation locations are located at the Belle Isle Nature Center. The water festival coordinator will be in contact with you to confirm your presentation and location needs. If you have questions about appropriate topics and format for the water festival, please contact Ron Fadior, Water Festival Coordinator, at

Each Presenter will receive a boxed lunch and a Water Festival T-shirt upon registration

Please consider sharing your knowledge and expertise with the next generation of water stewards. Your contributions allow us to present this festival free to school children. Thank you for your support of water education and the Detroit River!

Volunteer Information

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Volunteers are ambassadors for the Water Festival. For 2020 we are expanding the festival to two days - September 23 & 24, 2020. They play a critical role in guiding each class to their presentation site. They also assist with set-up, parking and logistics during the event. There will be a volunteer orientation the morning of the festival to familiarize Volunteers with the festival space and presentation locations. Class guides will be assigned a class and receive a copy of their schedule.

Volunteers should plan to arrive at 8:30am at Registration on Belle Isle. Coffee and snacks will be provided.

In addition, each Volunteer will receive a boxed lunch, lanyard nametag and a Water Festival T-shirt upon Registration.

Free Parking is available.