Water’s Extreme Journey

Water’s Extreme Journey took visitors on an exciting and important quest for clean water.

Visitors experience the watershed as a water drop, exploring the science behind the water cycle. Through powerful interactives and local messaging, learn how daily decisions can immediately improve the watershed in their own backyard.

Water’s Extreme Journey transformed you into a drop of water entering a watershed – an area of land where water drains and collects into a shared reservoir. As visitors discovered a watershed can be right in their own neighborhood or as big as the Rocky Mountain region!

To explore the exhibition watershed, voyage through rivers, lakes, wetlands, and even their homes, eventually reaching the healthy ocean. Sound easy? Water drops face many hurdles as they interact with humans. Does the farm they encounter use pesticides? Did someone get messy changing their oil? Clean choices keep our drops healthy and moving toward a clean ocean. Dirty choices send our drops down the urban storm drain to the unhealthy ocean, where they evaporate, condensate, and precipitation for another try.

The GRPM added a special addition all about the Grand River restoration. Six banners show and tell all about the Grand River, including the history of where the rapids went and the future plans for the River! Click here to learn more about the Grand River. 

Water’s Extreme Journey was included with general admission to the Museum.

Sponsored by:


The Steve & Amy Van Andel Foundation 







Chris & Kim Branoff
Cascade Engineering
Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc.
Jim & Barb Haveman
Lacks Enterprises, Inc.
Williams Kitchen & Bath


Grand Rapids Steelheaders
Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown