More than 4,000 students expected to attend the 2012 Halton Children’s Water Festival

Conservation Halton and Halton Region will be co-hosting the seventh annual Halton Children’s Water Festival (HCWF) from September 25 to 28, 2012 for students in grades two to five. The festival educates children about water, one of the world’s most precious resources, and is once again being held outdoors at the picturesque Kelso Conservation Area in Milton.

The Festival has grown every year since it began in 2006.  Grade two students were added in 2007, and the Festival expanded from three to four days in 2008. Attendance has also risen from 3,000 students in 2006 to more than 4,000 students expected in 2012.  After this year’s Festival, approximately 25,000 elementary school students will have had the opportunity to become environmental stewards while learning about water and the value of protecting and preserving it.

The Festival is co-hosted by Conservation Halton and Halton Region in partnership with the Halton District School Board, the Halton Catholic District School Board, The City of Burlington, The Town of Halton Hills, The Town of Milton and The Town of Oakville. This year, I once again have the pleasure of serving as one of the Festival’s Honorary Co-Chairs along with Conservation Halton Chairman John Vice.

Students will have a unique opportunity to learn about water in a fun and interactive way while covering Ontario curriculum requirements. New this year, French language activity centres will be piloted with grade five French Immersion students on Thursday, September 27.  The festival features nearly 60 curriculum-based, hands-on activity centres that incorporate four central water related themes including:

  • Water Science and Technology
  • Water Conservation and Protection
  • Water Health and Safety
  • Water and Society

The Festival is a community partnership that depends on over 150 volunteers each day to assist with various activities. Each year, Halton high school students, staff from partner organizations and community volunteers all generously offer their time, while gaining experience with community outreach, public speaking, teaching, and time management. The Festival also relies on in-kind and monetary support from organizations in the Halton community in order to make the festival easily accessible for Halton’s students. For more information on this year’s supporters visit

The Festival is offered to Halton schools at a cost of $5 per child, which includes a full day at the Festival as well as transportation to and from the event. To learn more about the Halton Children’s Water Festival, please visit

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