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The Children's Groundwater Festival has become an international model that has been adapted and replicated throughout the world. Festivals have been held in nearly 40 U.S. states, in Mexico, Canada, Australia, and India. People everywhere are realizing the importance of educating young people about groundwater and how groundwater connects to all other resources.

The Groundwater Foundation founded the Nebraska Children's Groundwater Festival in 1988 as an annual dynamic, energetic, one-day event filled with hands-on education for fourth and fifth grade students of Nebraska. For 16 years The Groundwater Foundation sponsored and organized the festival.

In 2004, leadership of the Children’s Groundwater Festival was turned over to its host community of Grand Island, Nebraska, where it successfully continues to this day. For information or to attend the festival, contact current host Central Platte Natural Resources District at 308-385-6282 or

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