LINCOLN, Ont. (May 8, 2018)— The Niagara Children’s Water Festival is back for its 16th year, running from May 8-11. Hosted in partnership with the Niagara Region, Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA), City of St. Catharines, and Ontario Power Generation, the Festival is a unique opportunity for students to learn about the importance of water by participating in exciting hands-on activities.
“Niagara Region is pleased to partner in the 2018 Niagara Children’s Water Festival. This program provides children with the opportunity to learn about Niagara’s heritage and how water is an essential resource that should be valued and protected,” said Alan Caslin, Niagara Regional Chair. “We’re excited that more than 4,700 children will spend a day outdoors learning about the important role water plays in our daily lives.”
The Festival runs approximately 52 activity centres that are based on five themes of learning. Each theme is related and connected to the Ontario School Curriculum, and teaches elementary students about the importance of water conservation, protection, technology, and ecology. The Niagara Children's Water Festival program emphasizes several key areas: understanding the water cycle, using water wisely, protecting our water supply, examining the relationship between water and technology, fostering a respect towards the environment, and celebrating the role of water in the ecosystem.
“The NPCA is thrilled to be a part of this important program. Water is essential to everything we are and do; teaching our youth about its importance is critical in Niagara, since we have one of the most complex watersheds in Ontario,” added NPCA Board Chair, Sandy Annunziata. “Ball’s Falls Conservation Area is the perfect location to demonstrate the wonder and power of water and lay that foundation of knowledge in our children about our natural environment.”
Taking place at the Ball’s Falls Conservation Area, the Festival is open to grade 3 and 4 students in Niagara, and attracts more than 200 volunteers, 4,700 students, 220 teachers, and 660 parents every year.
For more information about the Niagara Children’s Water Festival, please visit niagararegion.ca/waterfestival.
Questions related to the above release should be directed to:
Chair, Niagara Children’s Water Festival Steering Committee
905-980-6000 ext. 3319
Communications Specialist, NPCA