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York Children’s Water Festival is celebrating 20 years of educating children about water.

By sponsoring the festival your organization will positively influence thousands of children. The festival hosts up to 4,500 Grade 4 students throughout the course of the week and is supported by up to 350 high-school student volunteers.

For more information, or to discuss the best opportunity to meet your organization’s social responsibility goals, contact Corey Ryan at or by phone at 1-877-464-9675 ext. 75132.

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 to respect 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 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.

Registration for the 2018 event is FULL and now CLOSED.

Please check back later in the year for details on the 2019 event.

For registered teachers, you can contact us at

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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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

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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 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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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 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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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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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.

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