It’s All About Water! The Haliburton-Muskoka-Kawartha Children’s Water Festival is an annual event that motivates students to become water stewards in their homes, classroom and community. By combining hands-on interactive activities with messages relevant to their daily lives, students ‘soak up’ knowledge on the properties, uses, connections and importance of water. With this knowledge, students become aware of the value of conserving and protecting water.
Through a series of 40-45 interactive activity centres, students in grades 4 to 6 will explore the following concepts:
- Water Conservation – the responsible use of water in our daily lives
- Water Attitudes – historical and present day uses and attitudes toward water
- Water Technology – how water is treated, stored and distributed throughout the community
- Water Protection – the interdependence of ground and surface water, soil, plants, animals and people and positive steps people can take to keep water clean
- Water Science – the water cycle, surface and groundwater flow, watersheds and aquatic environments
The learning stations are designed to be hands-on, stimulating and fun, encouraging further understanding of water concepts taught through the school curriculum. Thank you to all who help bring this event to our youth and to all the principals, teachers and parents who recognize its importance! Together we are making a splash!
2016 Festival Report
The 2016 HMK Children’s Water Festival was a splashing success! Over the 2-day event, 1234 elementary students from across the Trillium Lakelands District School Board area, including the County of Haliburton, City of Kawartha Lakes and District of Muskoka, came to the Kinark Outdoor Centre to learn about water and how to play a role in its protection. Over the two days, students accompanied by their teachers, teaching assistants and parent supervisors had fun making ecological connections to a variety of water related messages!
Much laughter was heard throughout the festival grounds as children and adults got their hands wet at 50 different activity centres, 9 of which were brand new this year! Twelve outside presenters and 197 volunteers were involved in delivering the various water related activities.
The Water Hero Challenge was once again met with energized students who all left motivated to continue being water ambassadors! The “Big Splash” contest is underway and will continue until December 31, 2016! Stay Tuned to see which school will be hosting the “Big Splash Award” for 2017!
The winning school in 2014 was J.Douglas Hodgson Elementary School, featured on the right receiving their “Big Splash” award. The school will host the “Big Splash” award until the next water festival in September. Water Hero Honourable Mention goes to Lady Mackenzie Public School of Lakefield. This furthers our aim to extend the experience of the water festival beyond the two days and to promote water stewardship throughout the year.
The HMK Children’s Water Festival is a celebration of water education and its success is due to the many supporters and volunteers who help us make it happen. The HMK Children’s Water Festival steering committee and our charitable organization, Friends of Ecological and Environmental Learning, extend our gratitude and appreciation to all who donated finances, material and time. Together we are making a splash in water education and stewardship! THANK YOU!
The 2016 Children’s Water Festival report is now available. Click here to download it.
Water Hero Scavenger Hunt
(photos by Valerie Coleman)