GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Western Slope fifth graders dive into learning about H-2-0 at the Ute Children's Water Festival.
Nearly 2500 students from Mesa, Garfield, and Delta counties crowded the Colorado Mesa University campus on Monday to explore all that water has to offer.
Fifth graders attended lectures and participated in activities involving everything from water conservation to building and launching water rockets.
"The kids look forward to this all year, they know about in 4th graders and it's almost become a rite of passage for the 5th graders here in Mesa County,” says Joseph Burtard of the Ute Water Conservancy District.
Water is one of the most valuable resources in Colorado and presenters want to ensure that the youth learn about its importance early on.
Presenters hope that by interacting with all the water professionals that contribute to the festival they'll get excited about a future career in water.
The festival will continue later on today for another group of students.