The award-winning program you know and love - the Children's Water Education Festival - has a new look and a new name. The Orange County Youth Environmental Summit (YES) was held April 19-23, 2021.

YES presents a unique opportunity to educate third, fourth and fifth grade Orange County students about the environment. Through a series of interactive and immersive presentations taught by well-known and respected experts and organizations, students learn about a variety of environmental subjects.

YES is presented by the Orange County Water District (OCWD), National Water Research Institute and the Orange County Water District Groundwater Guardian Team. The program is provided at no cost to Orange County schools. Hosting an event of this magnitude is made possible by many generous sponsors, presenters and dedicated volunteers. We are proud to work with such committed organizations and individuals each year. Please check back in September 2021 for information on our 2022 event.

Since its inception in 1997, more than 140,000 students have experienced YES and all it has to offer. Created by former OCWD Director Philip L. Anthony as a means to educate Orange County students about their water supply, YES has blossomed into a nationally recognized environmental education event featuring world-renowned speakers and organizations. It is because of Director Anthony's vision, support and legacy that YES continues to expand its reach and impact year after year.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please call (714) 378-3257 or email