What is the Water Festival?

What is the Water Festival?

The eastern Ontario Children’s Water Festival is a bilingual, full day environmental education program designed to compliment the Ontario Curriculum. The purpose of the program is to educate young people about the value of water through fun and engaging hands-on stations!

The festival features approximately 25 hands-on water discovery centers that address five different water related themes:

Water Conservation – the responsible use of water in our daily lives.

Water Protection – the interdependence of ground and surface water, soil, plants, animals, and people. As well as positive steps people can take to keep water clean.

Water Attitude – historical and present day uses and attitudes towards water.

Water Technology – how water is treated, stored, and distributed throughout the community.

Water Science – the water cycle, surface and ground water flow, watersheds, and aquatic environments.

Who is it For?

Who is it For?

The eastern Ontario Children’s Water Festival attracts participants from both urban and rural areas across eastern Ontario. The program is unique in it’s ability to provide bilingual opportunities for students to participate in scientific and environmental educational activities.

The Water Festival provides students and teachers access to hands-on programs that would not otherwise be available to them. The Festival can accommodate a maximum of 250 participants each day. By holding a festival to educate children and improve their water ideology, we believe we are taking an important step towards ensuring a safe water supply for generations to come.

How does it Work?

How does it Work?

The eastern Ontario Children’s Water Festival is funded entirely by grants and donations that are solicited annually by the River Institute.

Continuation of the existing festival is dependent on founds raised. Each festival involves at least 60 volunteers per day, including secondary school students and teachers, environmental organizations (i.e. conservation authorities and stewardship councils), and other community volunteers who help deliver the water-related messages and activities.