The Halton Children's Water Festival’s mission is: To further educate the Halton community about their local watershead and the value of the plants and animals that live within them.
The Halton Children's Water Festival is a four day outdoor event hosted at Kelso Conservation Area that takes place over the last week of September. We host and educate over 1,000 grade 2, 3, 4 and 5 students each day during the festival. Students are provided with interactive, curriculum-linked activities that allow them to get outside and immerse themselves in their local environment.
It’s a community initiative!
The Children's Water Education Council, Conservation Halton, Halton Region, the Halton Catholic District School Board, Halton District School Board and the Conservation Halton Foundation have formed a committed partnership to teach children about water conservation, protection, health and safety, science and technology and stewardship that will remain with our children forever.
A look back at the 2012 Halton Children’s Water Festival
The 2012 Halton Children’s Water Festival featured four days of sunshine and 4,000 students in grades 2 to 5 who learned about water through 59 school curriculum related activities. The seventh annual Festival took place from Tuesday, September 25 to Friday, September 28 at Kelso Conservation Area in Milton.
Since its launch in 2006, the water festival has become a popular event for schools in the fall with most of the available spots being snapped up within a couple of weeks after registration opens in the spring.
The Festival activities focussed on four main themes:
- Water Science and Technology
- Water Conservation and Protection
- Water Health and Safety
- Water and Society.
A new innovation at this year’s Festival was the introduction of a dedicated French language day for Grade 5 French Immersion students on Thursday, September 27. At least half of the activities in Grade 5 were presented by French Immersion students from Acton District High School in French. The response from the students and teachers who attended and participated was very positive.
Helping to stage the Festival were nearly 700 volunteers who presented activities, helped set up and tear down, along with many other aspects. This included 450 high school students who presented the activities for the elementary school students. The other volunteers were staff from the partner organizations, Conservation Halton, Halton Region, City of Burlington, Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Oakville, and the community.
The HCWF organizers would like to thank everyone who attended, volunteered, supported and helped make the 2012 Halton Children’s Water Festival a success.
Approximately 4,000 children in grades 2 to 5 learned about water in a fun and interactive way. In the seven years of the Festival, more than 25,000 students have participated.
Thanks to Jason Misner, Communication Officer, who put together a great showcase of the Water Festival, click here to take a look.
Participating schools at the 2012 Halton Children's Water Festival
Through their participation at the Halton Children’s Water Festival, high school students learn about water and develop their presentation skills. The following high schools provided volunteers:
- Acton District
- Christ The King (Georgetown)
- Lester B. Pearson (Burlington)
- Milton District
- Notre Dame (Burlington)
- Oakville Trafalgar
- Robert Bateman (Burlington)
- St. Thomas Aquinas (Oakville)
- White Oaks (Oakville)
The Halton Children’s Water Festival would like to thank the following elementary schools for attending in 2012:
- Alexander’s Public School
- Central Public School
- Holy Rosary Elementary School
- Maplehurst Public School
- Orchard Park Public School
- Paul A. Fisher Public School
- Pauline Johnson Public School
- Sir E. MacMillian Public School
- St. Gabriel Elementary School
- St. John Elementary School
- St. Patrick Elementary School
- St. Timothy Elementary School
- Tom Thomson Public School
- St. Joseph Elementary School
- Holy Cross Elementary School
- St. Catherine of Alexandria Elementary School
- Bruce Trail Public School
- EEC Saint-Nicolas
- Escarpment View Public School
- J.M. Denyes Public School
- Martin Street Public School
- Milton Public School
- Tiger Jeet Singh Public School
- Eastview Public School
- Emily Carr Public School
- Falgarwood Public School
- Forest Trail Public School
- Holy Family Elementary School
- James W. Hill Public School
- Maple Grove Public School
- Montclair Public School
- Mother Teresa Elementary School
- Oakville Christian School
- Our Lady of Peace Elementary School
- Pilgrim Wood Public School
- Sheridan Public School
- St. Andrew Elementary School
- St. Bernadette Elementary School
- St. Michael Elementary School