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Pend Oreille Water Festival

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Celebrating 26 years!

Outdoor Educational Event for the fifth grade students of Bonner County

2022 Pend Oreille Water Festival

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The Pend Oreille Water Festival is an annual, comprehensive, hands-on, environmental education program for all fifth grade students in Bonner County, Idaho. The Water Festival includes an interactive in-class lesson presented by natural resource professionals followed by an Outdoor Field Trip.

The 2022 Water Festival Field Trip will be held at Riley Creek Campground in Laclede on Thursday and Friday, May 19th and 20th.


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Gail Lyster describing animal tracks

In-Class Natural Resource Education

From late March through April, a natural resource professional will visit each classroom where students will view their watershed on a colorful 10’ X 10’ floor map and learn about concepts that they will explore in greater detail at the Water Festival Field Trip.

Outdoor Field Trip

Approximately 400 fifth graders (about 200 each day) from 15 public and private schools will engage with experts in their field and Sandpoint High School student mentors in multi-disciplinary activities that focus on our most precious resource- Water and the Clark Fork-Pend Oreille Watershed. Students will have the opportunity to touch, see, hear and creatively think about the dynamic world around them as they rotate through five different, inter-active, instructional stations: Fisheries, Watersheds, Water Quality, Animal Tracks, and  Fur Trapping Era.

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Tom Whalen and Kevin Davis teaching fish identification
Our Sponsors

We would like to give a big thank you to the businesses, agencies, and individuals who have supported the Water Festival over the years. Contributions are invaluable in keeping the Water Festival as a mainstay in the curriculum of our area's fifth-graders.

Thank You 2021

Please help support the Water Festival by sending your tax-deductible donation to:

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Tommy Petrie teaching about the fur trapping era

Pend Oreille Water Festival
c/o Bonner SWCD
1224 Washington Ave., Ste. 101
Sandpoint, ID 83864

Donation Form


If you have any questions please contact:

Gail Bolin, Festival Coordinator
Phone: 208-627-3292​