More than 4,000 students expected to attend the 2013 Halton Children’s Water Festival

The eighth annual Halton Children’s Water Festival gets underway this week. Running from September 24 to 27, the festival is expected to welcome more than 4,000 Halton students in grades two to five to their outdoor classroom at Kelso Conservation Area in Milton.Picture1

The four-day event educates children about water, one of the world’s most precious resources. Since the festival began, approximately 25,500 elementary school students 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.New Image

We are fortunate to have an abundance of fresh water in our region and it is important that we continue to protect and conserve it. Educating youth through events like the Water Festival is a critical step towards increasing awareness about the importance of the environment.

Students attending the Festival this year will have a unique opportunity to learn about water in a fun and interactive way that covers various Ontario curriculum requirements. The festival features 59 hands-on activities that incorporate four water-related themes, including:

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

 I’d like to thank the partners and sponsors of the Children’s Water Festival as well as the more than 150 volunteers who assist with various activities each day. Without their dedication and support this annual learning opportunity would not be possible.

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