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Press Release

2004 “Make A Splash” Water Festival At Outdoor Alabama Expo

September 09, 2004

Who is invited to “Make A Splash?”   Young Alabamians can be a part of a nationwide effort to raise awareness of the critical need for water education.  The initiative, “Make A Splash,” will involve daylong events in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.   The events will celebrate the role of water in our lives and teach children about the science and ecology of one of our most important natural resources…water.  These events are called water festivals.  The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources invites any youth to attend the September 25th "Make A Splash" festival at Oak Mountain State Park.

What is a Water Festival?
Water festivals consist of multiple structured learning stations where students actively engage in hands-on water activities and investigations.  Local water resource experts are used as instructors at the water festival stations. Station topics include the water cycle, ground water, spring water, water quality, wetlands, water management and conservation. 

“Make A Splash,” on the national level, is organized by Project Wet at Montana State University.   Project Wet is an international, interdisciplinary, water science and education program for educators of K-12 students.  This water festival is being organized and hosted by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.  Participating agencies at this year’s festival include the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Discovering Our Heritage Program, Resource Conservation and Development Council (RC&D Council), National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Cahaba River Society, Storm Water Management Authority, The McWane Center, and many volunteers.

Where and When is Alabama’s 2004 “Make A Splash” Water Festival?

This year, the Make A Splash Water Festival will be held at Oak Mountain State Park in conjunction with the annual Outdoor Alabama Expo, Saturday, September 25, 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  The event is sponsored by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and is free of charge to all participants.

How is the water festival set up?

During the day, children can rotate through exciting educational stations located around the fountain in the “Fishing Village” at the Oak Mountain State Park Pavilion.  Each station will offer activities that develop awareness and knowledge of our water resources.  Children can play water jeopardy, create water cycle bracelets while learning about the hydrologic cycle, investigate water shed and nonpoint pollution with an enviroscape model, see how groundwater can become polluted, see and learn about our aquatic animals...and enjoy many other exciting adventures throughout the park.