Tillamook Estuaries Partnership

A National Estuary Project

2021 Virtual Children's Clean Water Festival

Since we could not bring our students to the Children's Clean Water Festival this year, we brought Clean Water Festival to our students - Virtually! Celebrate and learn all about WATER with recprdings from our live presentations, hands-on activities, video lessons, science exploration, art projects and much more.

Main Stage: Tillamook County's 4th & 5th grade students joined Tillamook Estuaries Partnership and our Parnters for a series of Live Webinars featuring adaptations of some of our favotire Children's Clean Water Festival activities. 

Webinars were held on March 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th and 17th. Students interacted with TEP Staff and some of our partners through the Zoom chat and followed along as we did some hands-on activities related to Water. Recordings of the presentations are availalble below so anyone can participate too!

Scroll down for more information and to download the worksheets for each webinar!

Exhibit HallTake a deeper dive into all things WATER with short videos, hands on activities, experiments and more provided by our partners.


Share your Children's Clean Water Festival artwork & activities on social media using #2021TillamookCWF


Main Stage: Crumple Watershed

Watch the Crumple Watershed recording here!

Students will learn what exactly a watershed is and create their own using paper and makers.

Presented by: Alix Lee-Tigner & Bruce Cardin, Tillamook Estuaries Partnership

What you’ll need: Worksheets in Packet #1, sheet of blank white paper, cardstock, markers, two-sided sticky dots or tape, small cup of water or spray bottle.

Download Packet #1 Here.

Main Stage: Fishy Adaptations

Watch the Fishy Adaptations recording here!

How do fish survive life underwater? Learn about adaptations and get started on an art contest entry!

Presented by: Bruce Cardin & Alix Lee-Tigner, Tillamook Estuaries Partnership

What you’ll need: Worksheets Packet #1, pencil or pen, markers.

Download Packet #1 Here


Scroll down for information on how to enter the
Children's Clean Water Festival Art Contest and Wildlife Forever State Fish Art Contest

Main Stage: Wetland Wonders

Watch the Wetland Wonders recording here!

What is a Macroinvertebrate? Look closely at life in a wetland and you'll be surprised what you find!

Presented by: Emily Sargent & Katey Astleford, Twin Rocks Friends Camp

What you’ll need: Macroinvertebrate I.D. chart and coloring pages found in Packet #2, and something to color with.

Download Packet #2 Here.

Thank you to Emily Sargent and Katey Astleford of Twin Rocks Friends Camp for creating this activity! Learn more about Twin Rocks Friends Camp here: https://www.twinrocks.org/.

Main Stage: Incredible Journey

Watch the Incredible Journey recording here!

How does water change from one form to another, liquid, solid, and gas? Create your own water cycle!

Presented by: Aaron Campbell, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve

What you’ll need: Water Cycle Wheel handout found in Packet #2, a metal brad fastener, a sealable plastic sandwich bag, markers, a small cup of water, and masking tape.

Download Packet #2 Here.

Thank you to Aaron Campbell, Diane Kearns, and Lori Prince of Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve for creating this activity! Learn more about the Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve here: https://www.jacksonbottom.org/.

For more great virtual learning - Check out the Backyard Science Series by Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preseve on the Hillsboro Parks & Recreation YouTube Channel.

Main Stage: Responsible Recreation

Watch the Responsible Recreation recording here!

Become a Camp Champ and learn how to take care of nature while you explore and play outdoors!

Presented by: Joslyn Krahel, Tillamook Forest Center

What you’ll need: worksheets found in Packet #3 and something to write with.

Download Packet #3 Here.

Thank you to Joslyn Krahel of the Tillamook Forest Center for creating this activity! Learn more about the Tillamook Forest Center here: http://tillamookforestcenter.org/.

Exhibit Hall: Beavers & Why They Matter

Created by Mr. Albrechtsen and students from Neahkahnie High School

Download the Activity Packet Here

Learn all about nature's engineers and the role they play in an ecosystem. In this activity students will watch a video about beavers and answer questions. Then students will use what they learned to create a Heraldic Totem Pole.

Step 1: Watch the video Dam It: Why Beavers Matter by Ben Goldfarb, an expert on Beavers and why they matter.

Step 2: As you watch the video complete the questions in the Beavers and Why They Matter activity.

Step 3: Use what you learned and the instructions in the Beavers and Why They Matter activity to create a Heraldic Totem.


Thank you to Mr. Albrechtsen and his students from Neahkahnie High School for creating this activity!

Exhibit Hall: Seabird Superpowers

Created by Margaret Treadwell, Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve

Birds that can live in the ocean? That's right - seabirds spend most of their lives living at sea on the open ocean! How do they do it? With special "superpowers" or adaptations. In this video, Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve shares about those superpowers and how seabirds can also tell us about the health of our ocean.

Watch the Seabird Superpowers video here.


Thank you to Margaret Treadwell and Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve for creating this activity!

Exhibit Hall: Get To Know Your Pinnipeds

Created by Tiffany Boothe, Seaside Aquarium

Seals, sea lions, and walruses - can you tell the diffreneces between these members of the pinniped family? Go to know your pinnipeds in this fun activity where you'll learn to identify each by their different features, draw your favortie piniped, and do a word search all about these awesome animals.

Download the Get To Know Your Pinnipeds activity here.


Thank you to Tiffany Boothe and the Seaside Aquarium for creating this activity!

Exhibit Hall: What is a Nurdle?

Created by Larissa Gordon, SOLVE

What is a nurdle? It’s got a funny-sounding name, but don’t be fooled, nurdles are no laughing matter. They are tiny plastic pellets that are used in plastic production. They are so small, that billions of them have accidentally entered our water supply. Chances are, you’ve seen them before on the beach before. Learn more about nurdles and the ways you can help prevent them from harming wildlife in this short video.   

Watch this TedTalk to learn about nurdles more in-depth.  

Save the date! On April 17 SOLVE is hosting the Oregon Spring Cleanup, presented by Portland General Electric. Click here to browse a list of over 40 beach cleanups and sign up today!

Thank you to Larissa Gordon and SOLVE for creating this video!

Exhibit Hall: Watersheds and Non-Point Source Pollution

Created by Adriana Morales & Morgan McCarthy, USDA Forsest Service, Siuslaw National Forest, Hebo Ranger District

Water moving through our watersheds, from rainfall and snowmelt, can sometimes move natural and human-made pollutants with it. This is called non-point source pollution. Is non-point source pollution a problem? Can we do anything to help prevent pollutants from entering our waterways?

Click through this Slideshow to learn about Watersheds and Non-Point Source Pollution.


Thank you to Adriana Morales & Morgan McCarthy of the USDA Forsest Service, Siuslaw National Forest, Hebo Rager District for creating this activity!

Exhibit Hall: All About Tufted Puffins

Created by Friends of Haystack Rock

Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach is home to the largest colony of Tufted Puffins (Fratercula cirrhata) in Oregon. These iconic seabirds come to the rock each summer to nest and raise their chicks. Learn all about Tufted Puffins with this activity workbook which includes a word search, crossword puzzle, maze and picture to color. You can even write a story about your life if you were a Tufted Puffin and draw a picture to go along with it!

Download the Tufted Puffin activity workbook here.


Thank you to the Firends of Haystack Rock for creating this activity!

Exhibit Hall: Water Security Diorama Project

Created by Greg Cermak

What is water security? Water security is our ability to make sure we have access to enough clean water to meet all the needs of our community and the environement. The Water Security Diorama Project is a hands-on activity designed to help you visualize a number of water security issues including climate change, disasters, ecosystems, sanitation, and financing. Create your own diorama using the workbook and explore more about water security with the information provided.

Download the Water Security Diorama Project instructions and printable elements here.


Thank you to Greg Cermak for providing this wonderful activity!



Congratutions to our Art Contest Winners!


1st Place: Long Fin Eel by Kilchis S. 4th Grade, Tillamook Adventist School
1st Place will receive 2 tickets for the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad & a copy of Salmon Stream by Carol Reed-Jones



2nd Place: Rainbow Trout by Avah R., 4th Grade, East Elementary School
2nd Place will receive an Art Supply Basket & a copy of Salmon Stream by Carol Reed-Jones



3rd Place: Atlantic Cod by Scarlet Z., 4th Grade, East Elementary School
3rd Place will receive a copy of Salmon Stream by Carol Reed-Jones



Honorable Mentions:



Top Left: Arctic Char by Ayden H., 5th Grade, Tillamook Adventist
Top Right: 
Arctic Char by Trenady T., 5th Grade, Garibaldi Elementary
Bottom Left: 
McKinley H., 4th Grade, East Elementary
Bottom Right: 
Bonneville Cutthroat Trout by Rylee H., 4th Grade, East Elementary School


Email alix@tbnep.org if you have questions about the Children's Clean Water Fetival Art Contest


Wildlife Forever State Fish Art Contest

The State Fish Art Contest is a free K-12 Art & Creative Writing Contest started by Wildlife Forever in 1999 to celebrate fish and fishing. This year Tillamook Estuaries Partnership is joining the fun by sponsoring our own Children’s Clean Water Festival Art contest and helping to submit your entries into the Wildlife Forever Fish Art Contest. Learn more at www.wildlifeforever.org/home/state-fish-art/.

TEP has submitted qualified entries to Wildlife Forever. Winners of the Wildlife Forever State Fish Art Contest will be announced at the beginning of May, 2021. Prizes will be sent by mail after winners are announced.

Questions about Wildlife Forever's State Fish Art Contest? Email JLuger@WildlifeForever.org or call 763-253-0222.