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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Aqua Chautauqua – Coming soon to a watershed near you!

The Otter Tail River Watershed Aqua Chautauqua will be held in Fergus Falls on Saturday, August 12.


We are drawn to water: running water in our creeks and rivers, and still water in our lakes and wetlands. We are mesmerized by it and, in Minnesota, our water says a lot about who we are: recreationally, culturally, economically. We want to protect it; keep it clean and safe and available for future generations. Water is a shared community resource. The better we understand it, the better we can advocate for its wise use and protection.

Aqua Chautauqua is a family-oriented event that brings people together to learn and share about the water resources in our communities. Expert speakers and facilitators will present theater, art, hands-on demonstrations, and recreational activities all centered on our lakes, streams, rivers, wetlands, and what they mean to us.

Chautauqua (sha-taw-kwa) was an adult education movement in the United States, highly popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Chautauqua assemblies expanded and spread throughout rural America until the mid-1920s. The Chautauqua brought entertainment and culture for the whole community, with speakers, teachers, musicians, entertainers, preachers and specialists of the day. Former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt was quoted as saying that Chautauqua is "the most American thing in America."

"In the end, we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught." – Baba Dioum
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