WaterFest hits the lake June 2

WaterFest 2012, a free family festival, will be held at Phalen Lake Park, north of Phalen Drive and Wheelock Parkway in St. Paul, Saturday, June 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsored by the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District, the cities of St. Paul, Maplewood and North St. Paul, Ramsey County and other partners, WaterFest offers an opportunity for outdoors, hands-on learning about the water quality, wildlife, and special ecological features of the Ramsey-Washington watershed area.

Activities include:

• a WaterFest parade featuring students, clowns and mascots

• Voyageur canoe rides; solar pontoon boat rides; sailing, fishing

and standup paddleboard lessons; canoes, kayaks and bikes for checkout with a driver's license or ID

• a kids' carp-fishing activity with prizes for the biggest, smallest and most carp

• the Raindrop Mystery Tour with prizes

• a geocaching orientation and a discovery hunt

• Tricia & the Toonies with games and a puppet show

• a rain garden tour and receive a native plant for your yard

• a climbing wall, jump castle, archery, art, water games and birdwatching

• student art, science and service project displays

• tips on landscaping yards and shorelines from professionals

• lakeside yoga at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

• swimming and beach activities

• instruction in Katob (a volleyball/soccer like Asian game)

• refreshments available onsite

This year, the City of Saint Paul is combining their "National Get Outdoors" celebration with WaterFest, so look for expanded opportunities to celebrate the outdoors.

For more information, call event manager Debbie Meister at 651-647-6816 or go to www.rwmwd.org.

The Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District is bounded by the I-694/494 corridor and 35E and the Mississippi River, which encompasses sections of North St. Paul, Maplewood, White Bear Lake, Vadnais Heights, Little Canada, Oakdale, Woodbury, Landfall, Gem Lake and St. Paul.