Festival celebrates Grand River

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Groundswell, housed at Grand Valley State University, and the West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) are partnering to create the inaugural River City Water Festival.

The festival will celebrate the Grand River and feature hands-on activities led by regional environmental experts. 

It will take place May 30, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the north lawn of the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

The community event will include educational activities showcasing the need to protect water resources. Participants will learn how small actions at home can make a big difference in the quality of the Grand River.      

Staff members from the John Ball Zoo will lead demonstrations about the connection between clean water and animal health, using a few animal friends to help teach how protecting animals means protecting water. 

Additional activities will be led by Grand Valley's Annis Water Resources Institute, Blandford Nature Center, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, WMEAC, Trout Unlimited, City of Grand Rapids Environmental Services Department and Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds. 

For participating in presenter activities, families can receive $1 off general admission to the museum, a free planetarium show and a free carousel ride.

For more information contact Joanna Allerhand at (847) 774-0508 or allerhaj@gvsu.edu or visit http://groundswellmi.org/river-city-water-festival/.