Volunteers needed for April 23 water festival in Apache Junction

On April 23, fourth grade students and their teachers will explore and celebrate water at the fourth annual Apache Junction Water Festival from 10 a.m. to noon at Prospector Park, 3015 N. Idaho Road in Apache Junction.
Volunteers are still being accepted to help set up and tear down the event as well as perform other duties during the event, Andria Samuels from Apache Junction Water District said during a phone interview.
The festival will take place during Water Awareness Month and the day after Earth Day. It will provide an opportunity not only for students to learn, but for the community to get involved, according to a press release.
On and around Earth Day, people of all ages and backgrounds come together to help better the environment. More than 100 million schoolchildren around the world learn about the importance of clean air and water, including the students in Apache Junction.
The event will feature four interactive areas: watersheds, groundwater, the water cycle and ways to conserve water. Each will be correlated to state standards and address crucial topics in water stewardship. Facilitators hope instilling water conservation habits and appreciation in children’s lives will lead to a lifelong commitment to water stewardship, according to the release.
The Water Resources Research Center and Cooperative Extension Services of the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences coordinates Arizona water festivals throughout the state. Apache Junction’s fourth annual such event will be coordinated by the Apache Junction Water District, city of Apache Junction Parks and Recreation Department, Arizona Water Company and other local sponsors.
Volunteers from the water industry, local governments and the community make the festival possible.
People interested in volunteering can register online at http://goo.gl/ZyDke3.
Arizona Water Festivals is recognized within the national network of Project WET, USA water education offices for the excellence of state-specific water education curricular resources it has produced, including Arizona Conserve Water.
For more information on water festivals, e-mail Chuck Dugan at cld1@email.arizona.edu or visit http://arizonawet.arizona.edu/.
For more information about the Apache Junction Water Festival, or for information on volunteering, e-mail Ms. Samuels at asamuels@ajcity.net or call her at 474-2620.
To learn more about Water Awareness Month, visit www.waterawarenessmonth.com.

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