BURLINGTON – The 13th annual Halton Children’s Water Festival (HCWF) was held from September 25 to 28 at Kelso Conservation Area in Milton. This year’s festival welcomed more than 3,600 students between grades two to five from across the region. The annual event brings the classroom outdoors to help educate children in a fun and engaging way about the world’s most precious natural resource - water.
“Conservation Halton is proud to have co-hosted the Halton Children’s Water Festival for over a decade to students in Halton,” said Hassaan Basit, Chief Administrative Officer of Conservation Halton. “These vital, hands-on, educational opportunities allow children to learn about nature and how they can be stewards for the environment.”
More than 400 high school students volunteered to help run the festival activities. Students participated in nearly 60 hands-on, interactive activity centres to learn about one of four water related themes:
- water science and technology
- water conservation and protection
- water health and safety
- water and society
Conservation Halton and Halton Region co-hosted the event in partnership with the Halton District School Board, the Halton Catholic District School Board, the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, and the Town of Oakville.
The Halton Children’s Water Festival was first held in 2006 with the assistance of an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant. Expanding over the years, the festival has welcomed more than 46,000 students since it first launched thirteen years ago. This event has continued to be a success in the Halton community, thanks to in-kind and monetary support from local organizations and sponsors.
The organizers would like to thank Watershed Level Supporter Cogeco Connexion, Lake Level Supporters – CH2M Hill, Complete Rent-Alls and Town of Oakville, River Level Supporters – Aird & Berlis LLP, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, City of Burlington, Dufferin Aggregates, Thomson Rogers, Town of Halton Hills, Nalco Canada Co., R&M Construction, R.V. Anderson Associates Ltd. and Walker Industries; Stream Level Supporter Terrapure Environmental and Wetlands Level Supporters - ClearPath Promotions, Eramosa Engineering Inc. and GEO Morphix Ltd.
To learn more about the festival, please visit the Halton Children’s Water Festival website here.
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Conservation Halton is the community based environmental agency that protects, restores and manages the natural resources in its watershed. The organization has staff that includes ecologists, land use planners, engineers, foresters and educators, along with a network of volunteers, who are guided by a Board of Directors comprised of municipally elected and appointed citizens. Conservation Halton is recognized for its stewardship of creeks, forests and Niagara Escarpment lands through science based programs and services.
The Regional Municipality of Halton serves 570,000 residents in the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton and the Town of Oakville. Halton Region is committed to meeting the needs of its residents through the delivery of cost-effective, quality programs and services, including water and wastewater; Regional roads and planning; paramedic services; waste management; public health; social assistance; children’s and seniors’ services; housing services; heritage programs; emergency management and economic development. For more information, call 311 or visit Halton Region’s website at halton.ca.
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