Since 1999, the Lake Roosevelt Water Festival has rung in the school year for upper elementary students in the Upper Columbia. Taking place at Kettle Falls swim beach and Sherman Creek fish hatchery, this was a particularly poignant year for the ten schools and 376 students that participated.


With the devastating fires of this summer, there was something special about students coming out to learn about the environment from the National Park Service, US Forest Service, WA Department of Fish & Wildlife, Avista, Stevens & Ferry County conservation districts, Spokane Tribe of Indians, and the Colville Confederated Tribes.


There’s a lot of healing and growth going on up here. The slideshow below includes photos of kids teaching us as much as we’re teaching them.


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