Arizona Water Festivals instill a deeper understanding of water in the earth system and Arizona’s water resources through a community water festival event, teacher professional development workshop, and extensive volunteer and community involvement.

Arizona Water Festival

"What an amazing opportunity to gather almost 1000 4th graders to demonstrate water science using hands-on demonstrations- I'm betting they will remember these lessons!"

Learning Starts with Teachers
The Arizona Water Festival program engages teachers in professional development that helps them implement learner-centered teaching strategies and prepare their students for the water festival.

Enhance Student Learning with Curriculum
After attending the workshop, teachers implement a standards-aligned curriculum that prepares students for the water festival and then deepens their investigatory learning after they return to the classroom.

Deepen Children's Understanding of Water
Students are surveyed at the start and end of the AWF unit using identical assessments that measure students' knowledge of the groundwater system, watersheds, water conservation, and the hydrologic cycle.

Bring Students to the Community Water Festival!
Participating teachers are invited to bring their students to a one-day celebration of Water located outside of school. At the Festival, volunteers from the community are trained by APW staff to help engage up to 1,000 children in an exploration of the groundwater system, watersheds, water conservation, and the water cycle. The Festival event has also been adapted to field days, after school programs, and family science nights.

Enable Community Sponsored Education
Sponsors and collaborators are able to use the AWF program to support effective science education, increase water awareness, incentivize wise water use, and promote their role as community leaders.

The Impact of the Water Festival
The heart of the Water Festival program is the one-day community festival event, which invigorates classroom instruction. Although many attendees are 4th graders when they first attend the Water Festival, they remember their experience years after. In some communities, the first generation 4th graders have even returned to volunteer at a Water Festival as high school students!

Volunteer with Us:

Volunteer opportunities abound for the Arizona Water Festival program. Prepare lesson materials, help set-up, facilitate a lesson, or greet students. There's a job for everyone! If you would like to join our volunteer team, submit the online registration form.

Apply to volunteer online: Volunteer Registration Form.


If you would like to be a part of effective water education in Arizona, please consider sponsoring or collaborating to bring an Arizona Water Festival to your community. Contact Tina Sleeper at tsleeper@cals.arizona.edu for more information.

Download and print the Sponsor form now. Mail your completed form to:
Tina Sleeper

Arizona Project WET
University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Maricopa County
4341 E. Broadway Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85040

Thank you . . .

APW is proud to have collaborated with districts, schools and water providers to bring Arizona Water Festival to teachers and, through them, to Arizona students.

Funding Sponsors

Carollo Engineers logo
City of Yuma
Yavapai County Government
Town of Payson
City of Flagstaff
Global Water
Central Arizona Project logo
Arizona Department of Water Resources
Salt River Project
Tucson Water Logo Lt blue on top
Town of Gilbert
SCA Tissue

In-Kind Sponsors

Carollo Engineers logo

In collaboration with . . .

Contact APW

If you would like more information about the Arizona Water Festival, please contact us:
Tina Sleeper
(602) 321-8058

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