September 22, 2008

Getting A Grasp On Water Early

By Journal Staff Report

Elementary school kids will get a chance to learn about water conservation and water quality at a two-day educational festival that begins Monday at the Santa Ana Star Center.

About 650 fourth-graders from Enchanted Hills, Puesta del Sol, Maggie Cordova and Ernest Stapleton elementary schools will take part in the Children's Water Festival.

The youngsters will be guided through a series of five separate hands-on activities designed to teach them about science, geography and how water affects their daily lives, said Marian Wrage, environmental programs manager for the city of Rio Rancho.

Wrage will help with the activities along with representatives from the nonprofit New Mexico Water Conservation Alliance and Experiential EE, an Albuquerque company that organizes environmental education events.

Sandia National Laboratories, the National Weather Service and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History will be among the groups making presentations.

The city of Rio Rancho is a major sponsor of the event, along with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and Waste Management.

This is the second year the water festival has been held at the Star Center.

The event begins Monday and Tuesday at 10 a.m.

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