Grey Bruce Children’s Water Festival

Grey Bruce Children’s Water Festival

The annual Grey Bruce Children’s Water Festival is a fun and educational event that gives grade four students hands-on learning about the importance of water resources in everyday life.Through over 45 activity centres, operated by volunteers, students in Grey and Bruce Counties in the Lake Huron watershed learn about the careful use, conservation and protection of water and water sources and the role water plays in the environment.

By combining hands-on, interactive activities with messages relevant to their daily lives, students will soak up knowledge of the properties, uses, connections and importance of water. The key themes of the activities are water conservation,water protection, water science, water technology, and changing attitudes. One of the activities is described below. Protection – Treating trash: How does a modern landfill operate? Students explore for themselves how we treat our trash today and compare this to the unsafe practices of the past. A landfill model provides a breakdown of the different stages of the treatment process and demonstrates the effect on groundwater if our trash is not disposed of properly.

The 2005 event will be held from September 26 to 29. Students will be motivated to become better water stewards in their classrooms, at home and in their communities.

The Grey Bruce Children’s Water Festival was launched in 2001, spearheaded by the Bruce Resource Stewardship Network, the Grey County Forest Stewardship Network and the Sydenham Conservation Foundation, along with 14 other community organizations. It is now one of the 140 Ontario Nature member groups. The water festival is organized and delivered by a volunteer committee comprised of 18 community organizations and environmental agencies. The event is fully funded through the generosity of sponsors and requires over 600 volunteers.

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