Water Jamboree is an educational fun day for fifth and sixth grade students from schools located in the Lower Republican Natural Resources District, the Tri-Basin Natural Resources District (Phelps, Gosper, Harlan, Franklin, Kearney, Furnas, Webster and Nuckolls Counties in Nebraska) and north central Kansas (including the cities of Phillipsburg and Kensington). Students attending will be involved in interdisciplinary water activities relating to aquatic life, recreational uses, water quality, non-point source pollution, irrigation, historical aspects of water, plants and water, and how water quality affects wildlife.
The event is a copperative effort provided by the Tri-Basin NRD, Lower Republican NRD, Nebraska Extension, Post Rock Extension, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the US Army Corps of Engineers. The Water Jamboree will be held on two days (a Tuesday and Wednesday or Wednesday and Thursday) in late April. Activities are held both indoors and outdoors at the Camp Joy and the Harlan County Reservoir.
2023 will be the 30th year for the Water Jamboree. Approximately 500 students and 60 adult volunteers attend the festival.