(Watershed Institute Facebook photo)

Ever wanted to travel through the water cycle as a drop of water? Or explore the aquatic residents of the Stony Brook? Want to learn why water droplets cling to themselves and other objects? Or do a taste test of water samples from a variety of sources in our watershed?

Residents of the Hopewell Valley will have their chance to do all that on March 23 when the Watershed Institute holds its inaugural World Water Day Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Family fun on World Water Day will include hiking to the Stony Brook, exploring macroinvertebrates under microscopes in our lab. Visitors will be able to cast a fly-fishing rod and marvel as experts create colorful fishing lures.

There will be water-themed games outside and inside the LEED Platinum-certified Watershed Center. At the institute’s pools, guests will be able to learn about fish migration and aquatic food webs. There is also an H20 Olympics game, a water cycle game and a simulation of gathering water in different parts of the world. Hands-on activities will also include a display that demonstrates how human activities impact water and the environment.

Participants will be able to learn about how to be “river-friendly,” sign up for upcoming spring workshops on rain barrels, explore rain gardens, and learn about other green infrastructure on a tour of the Watershed Center.

Everyone age 3 and up is welcome. Admission is $5 per person. thewatershed.org.