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Barnstable County Cape Cod Cooperative Extension and AmeriCorps Cape Cod Announce WetFest

For Immediate Release

A virtual education festival to teach 3-6th graders about water and how to protect the Cape’s aquifer

April 8, 2021 (Barnstable County, MA) – WETFest, an environmental and water education workshop conducted annually at schools across Barnstable County by AmeriCorps Cape Cod and the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, is going virtual! This program has taught thousands of Cape Cod’s youth about local and universal environmental topics such as Cape Cod’s single source aquifer, the importance of shellfish for decreasing nitrogen pollution, and many more.

In order to maintain the health and safety of students and AmeriCorps members, this year’s WETFest has been adapted into a virtual program available to all Cape Cod schools. The materials are intended for students in grades 3-6 and serve as an entertaining and fun way for students to learn about important environmental topics through lessons that meet state curriculum requirements. Over 20 individual quick lessons ranging from animated videos to playful songs will be available in a self-paced online format for teachers to incorporate into their classes. The Virtual WETFest program materials will be released on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22nd, 2021 and will remain available throughout the end of the school year. Homeschoolers and other educators are also able to access this program.

Schools, teachers, and educators who are interested in utilizing this program in their classrooms should contact Nicole Westfall, AmeriCorps Cape Cod member and WETFest Coordinator, at

ABOUT AMERICORPS CAPE COD AmeriCorps Cape Cod is a full-time residential service program committed to addressing the critical environmental and disaster response needs of the Cape Cod community. AmeriCorps Cape Cod’s 24 members each provide 1,700 hours of service over an 11-month term focusing on the areas of natural resource management, disaster preparedness and response, environmental education, and volunteer engagement.  AmeriCorps Cape Cod is funded by Barnstable County and through grants from the Massachusetts Service Alliance and AmeriCorps. AmeriCorps Cape Cod is managed through Barnstable County’s Cape Cod Center for Public Safety Training. For more information about AmeriCorps Cape Cod, contact the AmeriCorps Cape Cod Office at (508) 375-6630 or visit

Press Contacts: Kayla Burgess, Deputy WetFest Coordinator | (781) 626-0132) | , Nicole Westfall | (603) 998-0384) |