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River City Water Festival

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Celebrate the Grand River!

The Third Annual River City Water Festival is a community event celebrating the Grand River and its role in shaping our city. Please join us to learn about the importance of clean water and what you can do to help. The festival is free and perfect for the entire family!

Enjoy hands-on, educational activities and learn from regional experts in environmental quality and water resources. Presenters include Blandford Nature Center, John Ball Zoo, Plaster Creek Stewards, the City of Grand Rapids Environmental Services Department, Annis Water Resources Institute, Kent Conservation District, Macatawa Area Coordinating Council, and more!

Click here to download the flyer with presenter and activity information.

By participating in presenter activities, families can receive: $1 off general museum admission, a free carousel ride, a free planetarium show, 500 mygrcitypoints, and a t-shirt.

Event Details

Date: Saturday, March 25, 2017

Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm (awards ceremony at 11:00am)

Location: Grand Rapids Public Museum

Address: 272 Pearl Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Cost: FREE

Awards Ceremony – Student Water Superhero Poster Contest

Join us at 11:00 am for an awards ceremony for the top three winners of the Water Superhero Poster Contest. Awards will be presented by Dr. Barry Kanpol, Dean of the College of Education at GVSU; Dale Robertson, CEO of the Grand Rapids Public Museum; and Bill Wood, Executive Director of WMEAC. The top 20 posters, all created by local students, will be on display at the museum during the festival.

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Student Day at the Water Festival – FULL

School groups are invited to attend special, students-only days of the Third Annual River City Water Festival on Thursday, March 23 and Friday, March 24, 2017.

Students will rotate through several learning stations featuring lessons on water cycles and aquatic ecosystems. A full rotation through all the stations will take approximately one hour. All ages are welcome!

Schedule your school group to attend by contacting Tracy Bacigal at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Email: tbacigal@grpm.org or Phone: (616) 929-1734


The River City Water Festival is organized through a partnership between Groundswell, the West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC), and the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Financial support for the event comes from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and Grand Valley State University College of Education.