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Macatawa Water Festival

Week of July 11-18, 2020

This year’s Macatawa Water Festival has been moved to a week-long, virtual-style event. We are excited to still celebrate the Macatawa Watershed and educate and encourage you to continue to visit, explore and care for it. 

From July 11 through July 18, 2020, fourteen local businesses are joining in the fun by providing activities, suitable for all ages, that will be shared on social media and on the Macatawa Water Festival webpage.

DIY Rain Barrel Kit

Rain barrels collect water from a storm or roof to use later on lawns, gardens or indoor plants. This reduces the amount of water that flows from your property and is a great way to conserve water. Plus it’s free for you to use in your landscape!

2020 Macatawa Water Festival Sponsors

GoodInk * Holland Litho * Niswander Environmental

Schedule of Events

Build Your Own Edible Aquifer!

In this video, we’ll build on what you learned in the basics video and you’ll get to build your own delicious aquifer and see how drainage can affect the amount of water available! Please feel free to adapt the products listed below to meet allergy needs in your household. When you’re done, send the Ottawa Conservation District a picture of the edible aquifer on Facebook and you’ll be entered to win a pollinator house!

Video Activity Supplies:
-Clear Jar or drinking glass
-Spoon Straw (Remember reusable options)
-Ice cream scoop
-Food Coloring Ice cream (a plain flavor will work best, avoid flavors with a lot of mix-ins)
-Clear Soda
-Chocolate Chips
-Gummy Bears
-Crushed Cookies (Optional)
-Sprinkles or Decorating Sugar

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Water-related STEM Activities

The Holland Museum has put together a couple of fun water related STEM activities for families to do at home – build a raft and a cyclone water bottle from things around the house! Be sure to check out the museum’s Spark!Lab STEAM exhibit from the Smithsonian when it reopens. Follow the Holland Museum on Facebook to see updates about the exhibits reopening date!

Holland Museum Water Festival Activities

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Macatawa River Clean-up

Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Dunton Park, 290 Howard Ave., Holland, MI

Help clean Lake Macatawa. Depending on the group size, there may be a crew on the shores of the lake and another in kayaks in the lake. Anyone under 16 years old must be with an adult. All boats, paddles and life vests will be provided. Meet at the lower parking lot near the boat launch.

Registration required. A health screening form will be required to be filled out before participating in the program.

Fee: FREE

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Family-Friendly Bike Ride

Time: Anytime that works best for YOUR family!
Location: Windmill Island Gardens, 1 Lincoln Ave., Holland, MI and Window on the Waterfront

Head to Windmill Island for a family-friendly bike ride during the Virtual Macatawa Water Festival, the week of July 11-17. Windmill Island and Window on the Waterfront offer excellent bike paths and bike lanes for young kids, plus there are great things to see while riding!

Click for your family-friendly bike route!

Play a game of BINGO while you’re biking!

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Adventures in Handwashing – Handwashing Basics

Let’s start with the basics of hand washing.

Click here if you prefer written instructions.

Adventures in Hand Washing

Let's start with the basics of hand washing. If you're more into written instructions for the activity, you can find them at 20liters.org/fundraise/adventures-in-hand-washing.

Posted by 20 Liters on Monday, March 30, 2020

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Watershed Scavenger Hunt

Time: 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Location Back to Health Chiropractic: 10990 Chicago Dr, Zeeland, MI 49464

Stop by Back to Health Chiropractic in Zeeland, to get your Scavenger Hunt Map as well as a bag full of goodies from BTH Clinic! They will have Breakfast/ Brunch, pre-packaged snacks and beverages available.  Callie will be offering free virtual touch-less spine screening and a free T-shirt or Water bottle for anyone who gets a Screening! Looking forward to seeing you  Saturday morning!

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Windmill Island Gardens Scavenger Hunt

Head to Windmill Island for the week of July 11-18 and participate in a Scavenger Hunt created specifically for the Island! You can print your own scavenger hunt or pick one up from the Island Tropical Conservatory.

Location: Windmill Island Gardens: 1 Lincoln Avenue, Holland, MI 49423

Print your scavenger hunt at home to save you time when you visit the Island.

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DIY Rain Barrel – Supplies Pick Up

Time: 4:00-6:00 PM
Location: Outdoor Discovery Center, 4214 56th Street, Holland, MI 49423

Help improve our watershed by using a rain barrel.  Pick up supplies from the ODC Visitor Center to make your own rain barrel and help conserve water at home.  Register for your barrel and pick it up on July 13th from 4-6pm.  Instructions and guidance will be available at pick up.  All materials will be provided.

Registration required

Fee: $10/barrel

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Let’s Learn About Groundwater!

Tune in to learn the basics of groundwater and all about aquifers! You’ll also learn about the aquifer below most of Ottawa County and the unique challenges it’s facing due to groundwater shortage. You’ll also get to do you own water table activity!

Video Activity Supplies:
– 1 clear jar
– Dry Beans
– Measuring cup for 1 cup

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Adventures in Handwashing – Water Filter Activity

Earlier this week you collected water, but surface water is dirty, unsafe for drinking, cooking, or washing hands. So, let’s take that dirty water and make it clean!

Check out the video on 20 Liters’s Facebook page

Click for written instructions.

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“Are You a Fantastic Flusher?”

Are you properly protecting your pipes and sewage system? Put your flushing knowledge to the test and find out if you are a fantastic flusher.

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Water Education Activities Showcase

Time: 10:00 – 10:45 am

GVSU AWRI has been a partner of the Macatawa Water Festival for the past six years. We are happy they chose to participate with an engaging activity this year! Join a live online Zoom event with an educator from the GVSU Annis Water Resources Institute. We will be exploring Project WET (Water Education Today) resources and AWRI’s onboard education program.

Tune into the Zoom Meeting

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Nature Hike Checklist + West Michigan Summer BINGO

Seppo Chiropractic created two fun activities to help you explore the Macatawa Watershed and enjoy our beautiful Michigan summer. The owners of Seppo Chiropractic, Andrew and Cait, are big into Plogging, the act of picking up litter while jogging. In the Michigan Summer Checklist they are pushing you to plog as well. Make it a habit you continue post-Macatawa Water Festival!

To learn more about Plogging, check out Cait and Andrew’s live video from today!

Nature for Tykes

Time: 10:00 – 11:00 AM
Location: ODC 4214 56th Street, Holland, MI 49423

Bring out your little tykes to learn more about nature. In each program, you and your little tyke will have the opportunity to explore together. This summer we will be learning about turtles, flowers, and meadows! Please dress for the weather.

Registration required. A health screening form will be required to be filled out before participating in the program.

Fee: $6 per child, $4 for members

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Learn about Water Usage & Waste!

Tune in for some creative fun! We will create our own fake water bottle brands like the contemporary artist, Chris Onesto, to think about some of the negative impacts that humankind can have on watersheds and water usage at large. Get ready to think outside the box (or bottle!) with this unique art project made with easy, at-home materials.

Materials needed:
– A empty water bottle or two of any kind
– A few pieces of paper
– Some clear tape
– A writing utensil of any kind
– Crayons, Markers, or Colored Pencils

Stay tuned for a video.

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Water Conservation Crossword Puzzle

Win a moisture meter by being one of the first 75 participants to complete and submit the Water Conservation Crossword Puzzle! Learn about healthy watering habits that keep your lawn looking great and your utility bill low.

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Adventures in Handwashing – Build a Tippy Tap

Let’s rig up a handwashing station so that we can actually wash our hands. For many people without pipes in their homes, a tippy-tap is a simple solution that can meet their needs.

Written Instructions for Building a Tippy Tap

Adventures in Hand Washing: Build a Tippy-Tap

Now that we've collected our water and filtered our water to ensure that it is clean; it is time to rig up a handwashing station so that we can actually wash our hands with the water we collected.For many people without pipes in their homes, a tippy-tap is a simple solution that can meet their needs.For written instructions, visit 20liters.org/fundraise/adventures-in-hand-washing.

Posted by 20 Liters on Tuesday, March 31, 2020

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Sustainability Activity

Hands-on exploration of the value of trees to the Macatawa Watershed with activities for families and resources to identify important native trees in our watershed. Sponsored by The Holland/Hope College Sustainability Institute and ExploreHope at Hope College.

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Interesting Invertebrates

This lesson will show families how to investigate, observe, and record information about interesting invertebrates. We will compare similarities and differences between a variety of small creatures, talk about their place in the food chain, and help to develop positive attitudes towards organisms that are typically squished, slapped, and screamed at.

Knee-high Naturalists

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: ODC 4214 56th Street, Holland, MI 49423

Knee-high Naturalists introduces the wonders of the natural world to young children. Crafts, activities, books, snacks, live animals, and outside exploration will be incorporated into their nature-based learning experience. Parents are encouraged to attend with their 4 to 6 year old – though not required. Parents or guardians are asked to attend with their 3 year old to help with bathroom use and transitioning into a group learning environment.

Registration required. A health screening form will be required to be filled out before participating in the program.

Fee: $10 per child, $5 for members

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Build Your Own Irrigation Center Pivot!

Our last video for the Water Festival is a fun one! In this video you can build your own center pivot, a structure you’ve probably seen in crop fields that travels back and forth across the fields to water them. In spots that rely on groundwater, these pivots will pull water from saturated groundwater areas or aquifers just like the residential wells do.

Video Activity Supplies (Makes 1 Center Pivot):
-1 Bendable Drinking Straw
-8” Clear Tubing (like aquarium airline tubing)
-2 Pipe Cleaners Thumbtack
-2 Small Rubber Bands
-Electrical tape
-Clay
-4 Buttons
-Hot Glue Gun or Super Glue
-1 Needless Oral Syringe
-1 Cup with Water
-A towel or plastic tube

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Water-related STEM Activities

The Holland Museum has put together a couple of fun water related STEM activities for families to do at home – build a raft and a cyclone water bottle from things around the house! Be sure to check out the museum’s Spark!Lab STEAM exhibit from the Smithsonian when it reopens. Follow the Holland Museum on Facebook to see updates about the exhibits reopening date!

Download the Water Festival Activity Sheets

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Adventures in Handwashing – Walk for Water

Earlier, you learned about the importance of washing hands to prevent the spread of germs. And you needed two basic ingredients: soap and clean water. But what if you don’t have access to water in your home?

Adventures in Hand Washing: Walk for Water

Yesterday, we learned about the importance of washing hands to prevent the spread of germs. And we needed two basic ingredients: soap and clean water. But what if you don't have access to water in your home? Step 1: You have to walk to collect your water.You can find written instructions for this activity at 20liters.org/fundraise/adventures-in-hand-washing.

Posted by 20 Liters on Tuesday, March 31, 2020

2020 Macatawa Water Festival Partners

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