The Children's Water Festivals feature 45 - 50 activity stations based around 5 theme: water conservation, water protection, water attitude, water science and water technology.

The St. Thomas-Elgin Children's Water Festival will put together a Teacher's Planning Guide to help teachers in the process of organizing their field trip. Please check in closer to the festival to access the 2017 Teacher Scheduler, Teachers Planning Guide, French Activty Stations and Teacher Evaluation.

Here are some documents and links (from past festival) that will help you with your planning:




Time Action Things to remember
9:10 Buses arrive at schools to pick up classes
  • Be ready rain or shine!
9:30 - 10:00 Buses arrive at the Festival
  • Organize students in their groups
  • Head to activity station
9:30 - 11:30 Activity Stations
  • Adult supervisors are responsible for the conduct of students in their groups at all times
  • Start each group from a different location
11:30 - 12:00 Lunch
  • Activities will be closed during lunch
  • See the site map for the designated lunch area
12:00 - 1:15 Activity Stations
  • Refer to morning Activity Stations section
1:15 - 1:30 Departure
  • Activity stations close at 1:15pm
  • Move promptly to the departure area and find your school sign

All activities:

  • Are connected to the grade 2, 3, 4 or 5 curriculum in ways that help students to achieve the desired expectation (Science & Technology, Social Studies, Physical Education);
  • Are designed to be as hands-on and experiential as possible in order to enhance and personalize the learning;
  • Provide for holistic learning in an environment that demonstrates the integration of people, phenomena and ideas;
  • Are geared to the interests, abilities and special needs of learners; and,
  • Reflect the beliefs that guide education – accountability, quality, equity, partnerships and a safe environment.

How the Festival works:

The Festival is mainly outdoors, with some activity stations in tents, and will be held ‘rain or shine’.
Students will move around the site in small groups of 6 students with a teacher or supervisor, visiting whichever stations they choose. Each group will typically visit 10 – 15 activity stations during their daily visit. The capacity of the Festival is set at 800 students per day. Students are encouraged to bring a litterless lunch.
Teachers please note that all activity stations will end at 1:15pm and all buses will leave the festival at 1:30pm

Teacher Orientation Sessions:

It is strongly recommended that teachers attend one of the 45 minute Teacher Orientation Sessions. At these sessions, you will learn more in depth information about what to expect, and how to prepare for the Festival. You will also be provided with an “Activity Scheduler”, a Festival map and a package of environmental resources that you can use in your classroom before and after the Festival. You can sign up for the Teacher Orientation Session on your registration form.

Teacher Orientation Sessions for the 2017 St. Thomas-Elgin Children's Water Festival:

April 11 @ 4:30 Thames Valley District School Board (London)

April 12 @ 4:30 St. Joe's High School (St. Thomas)