waterways logo

Smithsonian Water/Ways

For many of us, clean water is so plentiful and readily available that we rarely, if ever, pause to consider what life would be like without it.”
—Marcus Samuelsson

picture of the Water/Ways exhibit at the Idaho Falls Public Library

Idaho Falls exhibition

From May 31 to July 9, the Idaho Falls Public Library will host Water/Ways, a Museum on Main Street Traveling Exhibition from the Smithsonian Institute.

Learn more about Water/Ways from our interview with our Local News 8 team:

Water/Ways schedule of events
Back to top

Join us as we learn together about one of our most precious natural resources: water. All events are open to the public and free of charge.

May 31, 10:00am
First day of the exhibit and Ride the Wave summer reading begins.
June 2, 7:00pm
David Nipper of the Bonneville County Heritage Association will make a Google Earth presentation on where water is and has been in Eastern Idaho.
June 7, 7:00pm
Flint Hall from the Department of Environmental Quality. Learn about our changing aquifer, how our pursuit of life and livelihood has impacted our aquifer, and the steps we are taking to preserve this invaluable resource.
Updated: June 8, 7:00pm
Adult journaling group. Water-themed journaling.
June 21, 7:00pm
Diane Josephy Peavey will host Looking at Literature Through Ripples of Water.
June 22, 7:00pm
Jamee Fiore from the Idaho State Historical Preservation Office will host Weird Dam Stories.
Updated: June 28, 7:00pm
The Appelhans from the Idaho Falls Community Gardens will make a presentation about drip irrigation and water-wise gardening.
June 29, 7:00pm
Jerry Ribgy, water attorney from Rigby, Andrus & Rigby, will host a discussion of the book, Through the Waters: An Oral History of the Snake River Basin Adjudication. Books for this discussion will be available for pickup starting on May 31.
June 30, 7:00pm
Gary Eller from the Idaho Songs Project will discuss music about water in Idaho.
July 5-8, 10:30am-1:30pm
H2Whoa! Creative Writing Adventures for Teens, a water-themed writing program for teens, ages 13-18.
July 7, 12:00pm, 2:00pm, and 4:00pm
Children’s Summer Explorer’s Club, River Art. Elise Wilding, a local artist, will teach children about art. Participants will create river chalk art around the library.
Updated: July 6, 7:00pm
Kevin Marsh, Chair of the History Department at Idaho State University, will present “Slipping Through the Cracks: The Snake River, it’s Aquifer, and Idaho’s Water Conflicts.”

picture of colored chalk | unsplash.com

Art and photo contests
Back to top

The library will hold an art contest for elementary school students and a photo contest for middle and high school students. All submissions will be displayed in the lobby of the Idaho Falls Public Library. Winners will be determined by voting from library patrons at large.

Both contests will feature a variety of prizes (details below).

Contest guidelines – Elementary school art contest

From May 28-July 9, the Idaho Falls Public Library will display art submissions that reflect the historical, recreational, or physical characteristics of water. Show us how water inspires you!

  • 2 age groups: Grades 1-3 and 4-6
  • Artwork can be realistic or abstract
  • You may include people, animals, and plants in your artwork, but water should be the focal point.

Any of the following media or techniques are acceptable:

  • Paint (watercolor, tempera, poster, acrylic, etc.)
  • Drawing materials (pencil, charcoal, colored chalk, pastels, oil pastels, colored pencils, markers, etc.)
  • Collage materials (cut and glued papers such as construction paper, tissue paper, wrapping paper, aluminum foil, etc.)

Entries must measure 8.5″ x 11″ (eight and a half inches by eleven inches). Each entry should have the artist’s name, phone number, and age group written on the back.

Submission deadline
The library will accept submissions on an ongoing basis until the contest closes on July 9. However, in order to accumulate enough votes to win, entries should be submitted as early as possible.

Library patrons will be able to vote for their favorite from May 31 to July 9. The library will notify winners by the end of July.

The fun stuff: Prizes!
The first place winner for each age group will receive a one-month family swim pass to the Wes Deist Aquatic Center. Second and third place winners for each age group will receive a swimming punch pass to the Wes Deist Aquatic Center. All submissions will be entered into a drawing for a Kindle Fire!

picture of a camera in hand | unsplash.com

Contest guidelines – Middle/high school photo contest
Back to top

From May 28-July 9, the Idaho Falls Public Library will display photo submissions that reflect the historical, recreational, or physical characteristics of water. Show us how water inspires you!

  • 2 age groups: Grades 7-9 and 10-12
  • Photos can be realistic or abstract
  • You may include people, animals, and plants in your photo, but water should be your focal point

Entries must measure 8.5″ x 11″ (eight and a half inches by eleven inches). Each entry should have the photographer’s name, phone number, location where the photo was shot, and age group written on the back.

Submission deadline
The library will accept submissions on an ongoing basis until the contest closes on July 9. However, in order to accumulate enough votes to win, entries should be submitted as early as possible.

Library patrons will be able to vote for their favorite photograph from May 31 to July 9. The library will notify winners by the end of July.

The fun stuff: Prizes!
Prizes have been donated by Perfect Light Camera Stop and will include swim passes from the Wes Diest Aquatic Center. All submissions will be entered into a drawing for a Kindle Fire!

picture of a waterfall in a river | unsplash.com

Water/Ways tour schedule
Back to top

Take a tour of city facilities to learn what water does for Idaho Falls and what we can do to use it more wisely.

Idaho Falls Power Plant Tours:
Mondays and Fridays at 10:00am
140 South Capital

Waster Water Treatment Plant:
Tuesdays at 10:00am
4055 Glen Koester


smithsonian logoidaho humanities council logo

[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]