2014 Watershed Festival Dates:
Christian County February 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, and 18th 2014
Nixa Community Center- 701 N Taylor Way Nixa, MO 65714
January 28th, 2:00pm
Since 2004 The James River Basin Partnership (JRBP) has partnered with other organizations to offer Watershed Education Festivals to 5th grade students in counties within the James River Basin. In 2010 festivals were held in Christian, Taney, Stone, and Barry counties. This totaled 10 days of festivals, over 2,400 kids, and 45 dedicated volunteers. Currently due to funding restraints we are only doing watershed festival in Christian County. During the festival, the 5th graders rotate through 5 interactive small group sessions. Upon completion kids are given a quiz over the information. The day is wrapped up by an exciting and relevant performance by the Fishin' Magicians. The impact of the festivals was studied as a master thesis by a Missouri State University student. Results were positive with students showing a significant improvement in content knowledge, and retaining most of it for at least two months after attending. They also displayed positive change in attitudes toward their watershed and a greater sense of personal responsibility.
Thanks to Bass Pro, City of Nixa, City of Ozark and The Nixa Community Center for assisting with funding for this event. And of course this could not be done without our amazing and dedicated volunteers…Thank you!
Activity Explanations and Guides For Current Festival Volunteers and Teachers: