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Student Water Conservation Programs

York Region offers a number of educational water conservation-based programs for elementary schools.  Teachers and students are encouraged to participate in events and activities linked to the Ontario curriculum. 


Making Connections: York Region’s Water System

York Region is developing a new elementary-level, in-class presentation to demonstrate where water comes from, the system moving it and the safety and reliability of York Region’s supply. The presentation will feature hands-on activities and engaging discussion about how we need and use our water.

To learn more, please contact waterfortomorrow@york.ca


Water for Tomorrow Student Calendar Contest

For the past 18 years, York Region has created a calendar of Grade 7 student drawings reflecting the students’ views and opinions on water conservation, protection and responsibility.

Student drawings are first judged at each school and then submitted to York Region for final judging.

The 12 winning art pieces are printed in the Water for Tomorrow student calendar. Each winning artist is personally recognized for his/her contribution at his/her school.

To request a copy of the calendar, please email waterfortomorrow@york.ca or call 1-888-967-5426.


York Children’s Water Festival

Each May, Grade 4 students across York Region learn about water conservation through 50 interactive, curriculum-linked activities. The five-day festival helps approximately 5,000 students understand how important a clean and plentiful water supply is; learn respect for a healthy environment and make a commitment to use natural resources wisely. The festival is limited to schools in York Region and each teacher must register his/her own class separately.

Student volunteers from York Region's high schools assist younger guests by:

  • Presenting topics
  • Guiding activities
  • Interacting with the students
  • Helping to convey environmental messages

The York Children's Water Festival is a major component of York Region's Water for Tomorrow program and is a partnership between York Region and Toronto and Region Conservation.

Spaces are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register early to avoid disappointment. To register online, please follow these steps:

  1. Click here to register through the Eventbrite website and select the day you would like to attend.
  2. In the scroll menu on the right, select the number of tickets* you will need for your students.
  3. On the next screen you will be prompted to enter the number of teachers and supervisors attending.
  4. Submit using the orange ‘REGISTER’ button on the bottom right.

*Note: Physical tickets will not be issued as indicated in Eventbrite.

As the event date approaches, we will provide you with important information and news about the Festival via email.

Date

The festival will take place between May 14 and 18, 2018 at Bruce's Mill Conservation Area, in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville.

Cost

Admission and busing is provided at no cost.

Rules

The festival is limited to schools in York Region and each teacher must register his/her own class separately.

Contact

To ask questions or provide feedback, please email ycwf@york.ca or call 1-888-967-5426.


Frequently Asked Questions

When and how can I register?

Registration begins November 6, 2017. You can register through the Eventbrite website or by contacting our call centre at 1-888-967-5426.

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Which grades can attend the Water Festival?

Grades 4 and 3/4 or 4/5 splits are welcome to register for the Festival.

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May I register a colleague's class in addition to my class?

Each teacher must register his/her own class as we require that each teacher is accountable for his/her own class while attending the Festival. All teachers will be required to sign a form acknowledging responsibility for his/her class and acceptance of our rules and regulations.

The festival requires a minimum of one teacher/supervisor for every eight students attending.

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Where and when is the Festival being held?

Bruce's Mill Conservation Area

May 14 to 18, 2018, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

3291 Stouffville Road

Stouffville, Ontario

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How will I know my registration form has been accepted?

You will receive an email confirmation once your form has been successfully submitted. Please retain this confirmation for your records. If you need to make any changes or updates to your registration, please contact the organizing committee at ycwf@york.ca

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Can two or more classes from the same school attend the Festival on the same day?

Yes, this is encouraged for busing co-ordination. Please discuss with the other teacher(s) to select the same date on the registration form.  If spaces are already filled for your requested date and all classes cannot be accommodated, you may also make a note in the "Special Requests" section of the registration form; we will contact you to discuss registration options.

Note: Registration for multiple classes on the same form will not be accepted (see above). As registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, it is recommended schools that would like multiple classes to attend on the same day have teachers register early.

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When will I know the date assigned to my class?

Registration is available on a first-come first-served basis. There will be 1,000 spaces available for each day. The registration system will display current availability and only allow you to choose a day with availability for your group size.

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How do I change my registration form once it is submitted?

Please contact the organizing committee through ycwf@york.ca to make any changes or updates to your registration.

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When is the latest day that I can register?

Registration is available on a first-come first-served basis. If you are interested in attending, please register as soon as possible to reserve space. Registration will remain open as long as space is available up until March 31. At that time, busing will have to be finalized and no additional registrations will be accepted.

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Will I have to arrange my own transportation to the Festival?

No. The York Children's Water Festival will arrange and pay for busing. Information such as pickup details will be provided prior to the Festival.

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My bus didn't come on time, what do I do?

Contact the bus company directly. Their contact information will be included in your busing details. If they cannot resolve the issue, contact the organizing committee listed in the teacher's manual.

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How will I know what to prepare for my visit?

A teacher's manual will be distributed to you prior to the festival, providing you with more information on what and how to prepare for your visit. 

An email will be sent when this document is available for downloading. You will need to access this document and confirm you have reviewed it by faxing or emailing back the required acknowledgement form.

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Will lunch, refreshments or snacks be provided?

Lunch, refreshments or snacks will NOT be provided. Students and teachers must bring their own litterless lunch and are encouraged to minimize their waste and bring refillable water bottles as drinking water will be available.

A brochure on litterless lunches will be included in your Teacher's manual.

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How many students will be attending each day?

There will be 1,000 Grade 4 students participating each day of the festival.

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What type of clothing should the students wear?

The festival takes place, rain or shine. Activities will be cancelled only in the event of electrical storms. Students and supervisors should be dressed in comfortable outdoor clothes and footwear appropriate for the weather. Additionally, rain boots and coats are encouraged when rainy weather is expected. Please check your local weather station before your visit.

Dressing in layers is the best way to accommodate unexpected weather conditions.

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What if I do not have the required number of adult supervisors?

Teachers are responsible for the safety of their students. Teachers must provide one adult supervisor for every eight students attending the festival. Please ensure adequate and appropriate supervision is provided for children with special needs.

Any school not abiding by these rules will not be allowed entry to the Water Festival.

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What are the safety precautions at the festival?

Teachers and adult supervisors are responsible for their children. Bruce's Mill is located within the 911 service area and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will be available onsite for any minor injuries or accidents.

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Will there be washrooms provided?

Yes. Portable facilities are available on-site. Accessible washrooms are available at the Bruce's Mill Chalet building.

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