Celebrating 25 years!

2020 Pend Oreille Water Festival

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 2020 Water Festival Field Trip will be held at Riley Creek Campground in Laclede on Thursday and Friday, May 7th and 8th. 



Pend Oreille Water Festival Components


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 six different, inter-active, instructional stations: Fisheries, Watersheds, Water Quality, Animal Tracks, Orienteering and  Fur Trapping Era. 

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.


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


Pend Oreille Water Festival

c/o Bonner SWCD

1224 Washington Ave., Ste. 101

Sandpoint, ID 83864



Another way you can support the Water Festival is by attending the Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T), sponsored by North 40 Fly Shops with the help of Panhandle Chapter of Trout Unlimited.  The proceeds from this event benefit TU and the Water Festival.

If you have any questions please contact:

Gail Bolin, Festival Coordinator


Phone: 208-627-3292


Outdoor Educational Event for the fifth grade students of Bonner County

Gail Lyster describing animal tracks

Tom Whalen and Kevin Davis teaching fish identification

Tommy Petrie teaching about the fur trapping era

Jesse Jennings teaching orienteering

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