Crystal Springs Foundation aims to provide quality environmental education programs that empower students, parents, and educators in the community to make environmentally conscious decisions.More than 350 fourth and fifth grade students from the Hillsborough River watershed in east-central Florida experienced a full day of free, hands-on activities meant to promote awareness of the conservation of water resources as part of the Crystal Springs Foundation’s 10th annual “Make a Splash” community water festival. Held on March 19, 2016 at Crystal Springs Preserve in Zephyrhills, Florida; the festival gave students the opportunity to learn about water, watersheds, upcycling and water conservation. In partnership with Project WET,
Along with the fourth and fifth grade students, 20 eighth graders volunteered as group leaders to help guide and mentor their younger peers. In addition, more than 50 community volunteers from local corporations helped facilitate the event. Throughout the day, students rotated through Project WET activities including “The Long Haul”, “Branching Out!”, “The Incredible Journey”, “Macroinvertebrate Mayhem” and “A-MAZE-ING Water”. These educational programs allowed students to have fun while learning about water. This year the event also featured the Pasco Sheriff's Mounted Posse, civilian volunteers and their horses.