May 4, 1998


District hosts watershed festival

  by Deborah Stone

   On May 13th, the Northshore School District's annual Watershed Festival at Blyth Park in Bothell will be open to all families. In its fourth year, the festival is aimed at giving children a better understanding of watersheds. It was created as a follow-up to the district's fourth grade science curriculum which focuses on water as one of its units.
   During the days of May 13-15, fourth grade students from various schools in Northshore will be attending the festival as an outdoor environmental field trip. Through a series of hands-on activities, they will explore water run-off, water pollution, hazardous materials and how to minimize their usage, recycled materials, native plants and the types of obstacles salmon encounter on their way to spawning grounds. Stations will be set up and manned by instructors from local agencies such as Woodinville Water District, King County Solid Waste, Puget Power, the Department of Natural Resources and King County Hazardous Materials. The public is invited to attend on the evening of May 13th, from 5:30-7 p.m.
   Nancy Eidvo's fourth grade students from Woodin Elementary will present an environmentally-related play at 5:45 p.m. followed by Dr. Wilderness and his "magic show for Planet Earth." Gwenn Maxfield, coordinator of the event, says, "Each year the festival receives positive feedback from both children and adults. It is a wonderful learning experience and educationally beneficial for all who take part in the event." Maxfield encourages families to bring a picnic dinner and enjoy the evening. For more information contact Maxfield at 881-7832.