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World Water Day will be celebrated by the Watershed Institute

The Watershed Institute’s World Water Day Festival was one of the local events canceled because of novel coronavirus outbreak in the state.

The Watershed Institute will once again celebrate World Water Day.

World Water Day is an international event started in 1993 by the United Nations to raise awareness of the importance of clean water for all.

The watershed will host two free sessions on March 19, from 10 a.m. to noon and from 12:30–2:30 p.m., with activities both inside and outside of the Watershed Center at 31 Titus Road in Pennington.

Those who attend will be able to explore microscopic critters that live in the water, discover the history of water mills in the region, and learn how to cast a fly fishing rod, according to a release.

Adults and children will be able to try a sample from the Water Bar — small cups filled with drinking water from local towns and wells – and vote on which tastes the best.

During each session, visitors can play games, explore in the lab, watch eels in
the Discovery Room, and more.

Pick up a World Water Day passport and get it stamped along the way to earn prizes.

There will be water-themed arts and crafts and hands-on projects to show how human activities affect water.

Marina the Mermaid will have at two shows from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and
from 12:30–1:30 p.m. with watery sing-alongs, fish tales, story time and
other entertainment.

Live acoustic guitar music will be performed from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. by
Greg McGarvey, a Delaware Valley musician who will play popular songs.

This year’s World Water Day theme is groundwater, a critical and hidden source
of drinking water. Groundwater is also a vital resource for farming, sanitation,
industry, and our ecosystems.

Experts from Princeton University’s High Meadows Environmental Institute will
have a giant sand tank and visitors will be able to see how water travels
through various types of sand in a replica of water absorption.

At each session, our educators will lead a walk to nearby vernal pools. These will
start at 11:45 a.m. and 2:15 p.m, according to the release.

Light refreshments will also be available.

Preregistration is required.

Masks are optional. The Watershed Institute asks that people adhere to the organization’s COVID precautions.

For more information and to preregister, visit www.thewatershed.org.

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