Photo of Detroit River Belle Isle and Downtown Detroit River Front

Detroit River Water Festival

The Detroit River Water Festival is a day-long educational event designed to help middle school students from Detroit Public Schools learn about our most precious natural resource – clean, fresh water. Students from the Detroit area will come together to learn about the Detroit River.The Detroit River Water Festival is offered as a FREE program to help educate school students about the importance and beauty of the water around us and how it impacts our daily lives. The Water Festival provides students with hands-on activities, taught by top level academic instructors and water quality professionals designed to expose students to a wide variety of water related issues. Through attending the Water Festival, students gain an understanding of the diverse topics related to our water resources including ecosystems, social studies, the geosphere and the hydrologic cycle. By being active participants in the Water Festival, students and adults learn the central role water and the Detroit River play in the region's economy and quality of life and begin to understand their lifetime role as stewards of this remarkable precious resource. The Detroit River Water Festival is now coordinated by the Friends of the Detroit River, with the generous support of many sponsors. The DTE Energy Foundation funded the re-establishment of the Detroit River Water Festival, and has supported it each year.

Detroit River Tour Boat

The Detroit Water Festival on Belle Isle