’50 in 50′ Series: Children’s Water Festival – Learning About the Wonders of Water (2009)


Lower Trent Conservation is celebrating its 50th anniversary! To commemorate this milestone occasion, we have released our ’50 in 50′ historical blog series. This special series features 50 articles highlighting some of the achievements, milestones and events of the past 50 years. We hope you enjoy them!

In 2009, Lower Trent Conservation saw an opportunity to collaborate with the Children’s Water Education Council and community partners to create the Quinte Children’s Water Festival. Geared towards the grade 4 curriculum, students from all over the watershed have become more water aware. The festival features close to 35 interactive, hands-on learning activity centres, providing youth with opportunities to learn about our most precious natural resource – water!

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Thumbs up for Green Roof

First located at Centennial Park in Trenton, this one-day event was a huge success. Even through the rain and wind, the students went home with a smile on their face, and water in their shoes! The committee realized that this festival could easily fill up two days of learning and the following year it was bumped up to a two-day event.

Renamed to “Tri-County” to represent the catchment area, the Children’s Water Festival is now held at Batawa Ski Hill and still going strong. This annual event educates almost 1,000 students each year about the importance of water. Donations from Children’s Water Education Council, RBC Blue Water, Ontario Power Generation, TD Friends of the Environment, and over 100 annual volunteers have made the Tri-County Children’s Water Festival what it is today.

Tri-County Children’s Water Festival (2018)

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