The Halton Children’s Water Festival (HCWF) has been providing this week thousands of elementary students in grades two through five with the opportunity to learn about the importance of one of our most precious resources - water.
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. A number of community sponsors also support the Festival.
It concludes today (Friday, September 30, 2011) at Milton's Kelso Conservation Area.
The festival boasts nearly 60 activities that concentrate on four key areas of water education:
- Water science and technology: Students will learn about the water cycle, the physical science of ground and surface water, the treatment and distribution systems and the interactions between water and technology in their daily lives.
- Water conservation and protection: Students will investigate how human activity can impact water. They will learn how to conserve, protect and manage water at home, at school and in the community.
- Water health and safety: Students will learn about safety around water and its role in human health.
- Water and society: Students will learn about the history of water, the relationship between people and the uses of water, and how to become stewards of water in their local and global community.
The festival combines Ontario curriculum requirements and offers fun, hands-on learning activity centres that are displayed throughout the event in a natural outdoor setting.