The Portland Water District is hosting a series of events to celebrate National Drinking Water Week, May 7-13. It is a time for both children and adults to learn about their precious water source and their connection to the environment and the quality of their water.

Monday, May 8

Visit a Vernal Pool. First, learn about vernal pools and their inhabitants from PWD environmentalists. Then, take a guided tour of the vernal pools near the Sebago Lake Ecology Center and along the Wetland Loop Nature Trail. Visitors will meet the wildlife unique to these delicate ecosystems and learn how these and other wetlands contribute to a healthy environment.

All ages welcome. Proper outdoor clothing and waterproof boots are recommended. Reservations required. Outdoor activities will be held rain or shine, unless the weather is severe. Please call if the weather is questionable, 774-5961 ext 3324.

Where: Sebago Lake Ecology Center, 1 White Rock Road, Standish

When: 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, May 9

Little Stewards Water Fair (crafts & displays). Ever wonder what’s inside of a fire hydrant, or what collects in rain as it runs downhill, or how much water one person uses in a single day? Preschoolers will explore these wonders of water and more through literature, displays, and crafts! Children can string their own “W-A-T-E-R” bracelets and print their own one-of-a-kind fish t-shirt. T-shirts not provided (paper will be available).

Where: Jeff P. Nixon Development Center, 225 Douglass Street, Portland, Maine

When: 10 a.m. to noon (Story times at 10 and 11 a.m.)

Wednesday, May 10

The Rain in Maine – Don’t Send it Down the Drain! Storm water runoff is the major source of water pollution in Maine. As rain runs across developed areas, it picks up pollutants and carries it to waterways. Learn how to keep your rain to yourself with rain barrels and rain gardens- beautiful ways to reduce runoff!

At 10 a.m. Rain Barrels and Rain Gardens; What are they, how do they work, how can I install one?

At 11 a.m. Kids decorate the Sebago Lake Ecology Center rain barrels. Come help us beautify our barrels! We’ll provide the paints, brushes, and refreshments; you provide the artistic talent!

Reservations required. Outdoor activities will be held rain or shine, unless the weather is severe. Please call if the weather is questionable, 774-5961 ext 3337.

Where: Sebago Lake Ecology Center

When: 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Friday, May 12

Discover the sights and sounds of spring at this Chaffin Pond hike. Let’s see what’s “springing up” at this beautiful 123-acre property in Windham. The trees will be budding, birds will be chirping, and fish will be rising as we amble along the new trails. Environmentalists will lead the excursion, pointing out the environmental wonders as we go.

All ages welcome. Proper outdoor clothing and waterproof boots are recommended. Reservations required. Outdoor activities will be held rain or shine, unless the weather is severe. Please call if the weather is questionable, 774-5961 ext 3324.

Where: Chaffin Pond Preserve, Route 302 (between Home Depot and Sherwin Williams), Windham

When: 10 to 11:30 a.m.


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