Haldimand Children's Water Festival 2020

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Taquanyah Conservation Area

870 Townline Road West

Cayuga, ON N0A 1E0


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The annual Haldimand Children's Water Festival on May 20-21, 2020 offers over 20 interactive, water themed activities designed to complement Ontario Curriculum learning expectations. It is exclusively for Grade 4 students from Brantford, Brant County, New Credit and Six Nations schools. Split grade classes are welcome. The festival is free and busing is provided.

Teachers and supervisors are responsible for their students at all times. The Festival takes place outside, rain or shine. Food is not available at the Festival - please bring a 'litterless lunch'.

For more information, visit our website or contact the Festival coordinator Sue Brocklebank at or call (519) 621-2763 x2278


Who can attend?

The HCWF is exclusively for grade 4 students from Haldimand County, Six Nations and New Credit schools. Split grade classes are welcome.

How do I register - by class or by school?

Please register for each teacher/class that is attending (not one registration on behalf of multiple grade 4 classes from one school). This allows the festival coordinator to communicate with each teacher and provide additional information closer to the event (i.e., bus details, teacher planning guide etc.)

Please order tickets for the total number of students that will be attending from each class - do not register teachers and adult supervisors please.

What is the cost to attend?

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, both the festival and busing are FREE. Busing is arranged by the festival coordinator and details will be emailed to you in late April.

Does the festival run rain or shine?

Yes - the Festival will be rain or shine! You will be outside much of the day exploring the activity centres around the Taquanyah Nature Centre. Please ensure that everyone is prepared and dressed appropriately for the weather (appropriate footwear for outdoors, sweater, rain jacket, sunscreen, hat, water bottle, etc...).

The water festival may be cancelled due to extreme weather conditions (at the discretion of the festival coordinator).

What should I bring?

  • You and enough adult supervisors - suggested ration of 8:1 (or less) - dressed and prepared for the weather.

  • Your students - also dressed and prepared for the weather (e.g., sweater, rain jacket, sunscreen, hat, etc.) and ready for a fun filled day outside.

  • Lunch - BYO peanut-free, litterless-lunch including a full water bottle.

What about safety and supervision?

The safety of everyone on site is very important to the festival communittee. If you have any concerns during your day, please head to the information tent or ask any festival staff.

Please divide your class into groups of 8 (or less) and bring an adult supervisor for each group. Adult supervisors and teachers are responsible for the conduct of students in their group during the entire Festival visit - including lunch. Supervisors are asked to keep students away from the adjacent woodlot, wetlands and trails.

What is an activity centre?

Activity centres are curriculum-based and designed to be hands-on, educational and fun to complement water concepts taught in the classroom. Within each of the 20+ activity centres found around the nature centre, students will explore the concepts of:

Water Conservation - The responsible use of water in our daily lives.

Water Attitudes - The historical and present day uses of water and attitudes toward water.

Water Technology - How water is treated, stored and distributed throughout the community.

Water Protection - The interdependence of water, soil, plants, animals and people, as well as positive steps we can take to keep water clean.

Water Science - Focuses on the water cycle, surface / groundwater flow and aquatic environments.

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