The Riley School was one of 12 schools statewide invited to participate in the Northern Maine Children’s Water Festival earlier this month.

This one-day event brought together more than 600 students and their teachers for a day of fun and interactive experiences, with water resource professionals from Maine and New England providing presentations and activities about water, wetlands, human health, and aquatic life. The trip to Orono was made by Riley science lab students Connor Banow and Nathaniel Mann of Owls Head, Jaim French and Reina Lawrence of Belfast, Devin Guptill and Megan Huff of Rockland, Abby Hamann and Jackson Thissell of Thomaston, Conrad Kortemeier of Bristol, and Riley Science Facilitator, Kathy Walker.

“The children’s water festival complements the Riley science curriculum. We are currently working with Friends of Penobscot Bay in mapping Rockport Harbor by collecting and comparing water samples from Clam cove, the streams feeding into the cove, and the pond on the Riley campus, in order to identify habitat for juvenile cod,” Walker said.

Upon returning from the festival, Riley students reported learning about point source pollution by making models of a mountainous watershed; being filmed by Channel 5 in Bangor while in a workshop on how water is used in agriculture; exploring the many activities in the exhibit hall; and watching a stage show about spectral colors of light, pressure and the cool properties of liquid nitrogen. The highlight of the day was competing in Dripial Pursuit against Brewer’s top science students and achieving the winning score!

Festivals are held in Southern Maine every May and in Northern Maine during October. For more information visit the Maine Children’s Water Festival website: