Summer Programs Offered at American River Water Education Center

Media Contact: Jeffrey McCracken, 916-978-5100

For Release: June 15, 2005

The Bureau of Reclamation has announced summer programs at the American River Water Education Center (ARWEC) near Folsom Dam from June 20 through August 26, 2005. Wonders of Water - Enjoy fun with your children age 4-10. Join us on Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. in our new schoolhouse for a fun water-related program and activity. Following a 45-minute program, visitors can tour the ARWEC on their own or enjoy the garden. Bring a snack and enjoy the shady picnic tables and watch the birds in the garden.

Wednesday Evening Lecture Series - This informative lecture series at 7 p.m. Wednesdays is fun for the whole family. A variety of local area guest speakers from environmental, historical, landscape, and gardening groups will be featured on a weekly basis. Participants attending 5 evening lectures out of the 11 in the series will receive a special prize.

Video Views - Enjoy a cup of coffee and an interesting video on various topics Thursdays at 10 a.m. After the video, share your view in a lively conversation, then take a stroll in the garden or through the exhibits in the ARWEC.

The ARWEC is open to the public Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The beautiful garden features drought-tolerant plants, unique features related to Folsom Dam, and interactive exhibits and information on water conservation in your home are offered.

All visitors must check in at the guard booth on Folsom Dam Road off Auburn-Folsom Road and will be directed to the ARWEC. Adults must show photo I.D.

Our staff can also bring a program to your site. For details, directions, and a schedule of our programs, call 916-989-7100, or visit our website at

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American River Water Education Center