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Student Water Conservation Programs

York Children’s Water Festival

The York Children's Water Festival is delivered through a partnership between York Region and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. It provides Grade 4 students from across York Region with the opportunity to learn about water conservation through a variety of interactive, curriculum-linked activities. The Festival helps students understand the importance of a clean and plentiful water supply, respect a healthy environment and take action to use natural resources wisely in their own school, home and community.

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 festival will take place between May 14 and 16, 2019 at Bruce's Mill Conservation Area, in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville. Registration and further details will be distributed through the York Region District School Board (YRDSB) and the York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB).

As the event date approaches, important information and news about the Festival will be provided. To ask questions or provide feedback, please email ycwf@york.ca or call 1-877-464-9675. ext. 75132


Be Part of Something Special... Every Drop Causes a Ripple

You are invited to play a role in the festival's continued success. By sponsoring this year’s festival, you help provide a unique education opportunity to students from communities throughout York Region. As a sponsor, you will receive recognition for your contribution.


Frequently Asked Questions

When and how can I register?

Registration and further details will be distributed through the York Region District School Board (YRDSB) and the York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB) in early 2019.

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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?

The festival will take place between May 14 and 16, 2019 at Bruce's Mill Conservation Area, in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville.
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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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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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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.

To learn more, please contact waterfortomorrow@york.ca



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