Join Us! August 27, 2016, 10:00 AM to 2:00 pmscowdirections
 

Activities

Exhibitor Activities

  • Science of Splash: What is a watershed and how does it work?  What can science teach us about our local rivers and streams?  Exhibits in this area will showcase information about local watersheds, pollution prevention, water science and technology, engineering and math activities, and hydrology.Play
  • Drink Tap! All visitors can get a cool drink of Columbia’s award-winning tap water and learn how much plastic waste you can reduce by using reusable water bottles.
  • Paddlesports: Once again, we will have FREE canoeing, kayaking, tubing and paddle boarding in the Columbia Canal!
  • Play Zone: Youngsters can play on inflatable water slides, sprinklers and more!

Tour Schedule

In between visiting our exhibitors, join us on one of these fun tours and learn more about the water and wildlife on the Columbia Canal!

  • 10:30 AM
    Bugs, Leaves, and Dirt: Oh My!
    Guided by the Richland County Conservation Commission. This kid-friendly nature walk will introduce children to common local plants and animals through hands-on exploration.  Enjoy interactive crafts and activities along the trail as you learn the names and habits of the Riverwalk’s flora and fauna.
  • 11:00 AM
    Columbia Canal Water Treatment Plant Tour

    11:00 AM & 1:00 PM
    Max attendees: 25
    Guided by the City of Columbia. Water treatment plant staff will take visitors on a tour of the Columbia Canal Water Treatment Plant and discuss the water treatment process for the City of Columbia.
  • 11:30 AM
    Canal History: Using Water for Energy & Commerce
    Guided by Sustainable Midlands. A discussion and tour focusing on the history of the Columbia Canal and the structures and ruins that still line the banks today. Guides will discuss the construction of the original canal that dates to the early 1820s and continue through its present-day use as a water source for the City of Columbia’s water treatment plant.
  • 12:30 PM
    Life at the River’s Edge
    Guided by the Congaree Riverkeeper. Join the Congaree Riverkeeper for a tour of fish, plants, and wildlife that make their home in and around the Congaree River. Learn how the actions that we take on land can negatively impact life in the river. Be prepared to get your feet wet!
  • 1:00 PM
    Columbia Canal Water Treatment Plant Tour

    Max attendees: 25
    Guided by the City of Columbia. Water treatment plant staff will take visitors on a tour of the Columbia Canal Water Treatment Plant and discuss the water treatment process for the City of Columbia.

What To Wear

Park Ranger Andy Grizzell demonstrates what you should wear and bring to the Summer Celebration of Water.DressToGetWet

If you want to go tubing or canoeing, you will want to wear:

  • SUNBLOCK to protect your skin
  • A HAT to block out the sun
  • SUNGLASSES to keep the sun out of your eyes. You should also wear a strap on your sunglasses in case they fall off.
  • A T-SHIRT you don’t mind getting wet in
  • A pair of SHORTS you don’t mind getting wet in
  • Old SNEAKERS or SANDLES with straps that you you don’t getting wet in. You do NOT want to wear flip-flops – you might lose them in the water.
You might also want to bring

A REFILLABLE WATER BOTTLE – cold water will be on-hand for refills.
Your own PERSONAL FLOATATION DEVICE (PFD). If you don’t have one, there will be plenty on-site to use.

For Exhibitors

The focus of this festival is to encourage people to value the quality of water in local rivers and streams. If you are interested in exhibiting,

We are in need of exhibitors that can provide a hands-on activity or demonstration for children and families that help to educate the public about pollution prevention and the value of our community’s waterways. Registration is free!

Exhibitor Registration Form PDF

About Us

The City of Columbia, Lexington County and Richland County are proud to jointly host the 7th Annual Summer Celebration of Water! Come have a splashin’ good time at this free family friendly event! To find out more or to volunteer, contact Victoria Kramer at vlkramer@columbiasc.net or (803) 545-3227.