Kids learn about water outside of the classroom at 25th annual water festival

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Water is a precious resource here on the Western Slope, especially while we're in a drought.

Kids across the Western Slope learned about all the contributions water makes to our world at the 25th annual Western Colorado Children’s Water Festival.

"We're at Water Festival and we're trying out all these waters and learning how they work in the valley,” said Cambria Arnold, a 5th grader.

CMU's campus was transformed into a water world Tuesday so kids could learn about every 'faucet' of water.

"To learn about, like, the water,” said 5th grader, Trenton Mulkey.

Celebrating and learning with slip ‘n' slides, experiments and more.

"It's a great time to get out of the classroom,” said Lonnie Behunin, festival presenter.

Kids learned about the precious resource from nearly 400 water experts from across the state.

"We are learning about how to conserve water and what dams do,” said Jaida Bency, a 5th grader.

As the school year is coming to an end, nearly 2,500 fifth grade students took part in the two-day festival.

"The water flows into the river and you also can use it for showers and stuff,” said Arnold.

The kids thought the event, specifically designed for fifth graders, was pretty cool, but maybe a little too cold.

"(The water) is really cold," said Owen Decrow, a 5th grader.

The students had a lot of opportunities for hands-on learning, including seeing, touching and even kissing endangered fish species before they head back to the Colorado River.

Presenters and organizers said events like that keep the kids interested, instead of information going in one ear and out another.

"Its important kids understand the value of our water,” said Behunin. “Just because we turn a faucet on and we have water, doesn't mean it's always going to be there."

These students are now well aware of what a drought is.

"Droughts are when there's not a lot of water in an area," said Bency.

There were also plenty of indoor activities, but with over 40 outdoor stations filled with water, they might have been more popular amongst the kids. The fest is put on by Ute Water.

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