11th Annual Sudbury Children’s Water Festival makes a splashIssued: Thursday, September 24, 2015
For the past two days, over 400 students have converged on the Anderson Farm Museum in Lively to learn about our most important resource – water. The award-winning Sudbury Children’s Water Festival is a unique opportunity to educate children about the use, consumption, and protection of water.
Grade 3 students visited and learned from 30 hands-on, bilingual activity centres featuring topics that included climate change, water protection and consumption, and water safety. Over 60 high school students from Lively District Secondary School and École Secondaire Catholique Champlain donated their time to be activity leaders. Community partners including Earthcare Sudbury, Ontario Power Generation, Junction Creek Stewardship Committee, Sudbury Fire Services, and others, acted as activity presenters.
Highlights of the festival included the chance to visit inside a 20-foot tipi and experience Indigenous teachings about water. As well, students were able to meet and spend time with a biologist and her turtle, a red-eared slider named Mona Lisa, courtesy of Critical Critters.
“Students are challenged to consider the importance of water in relation to themselves as individuals, and to society at large,” said Sudbury Children’s Water Festival coordinator, Jane Bulloch.
The Sudbury & District Health Unit’s Environmental Health Division has spent the past year planning the two-day event. The festival was made possible by generous donations by City of Greater Sudbury, Ontario Power Generation, Topper’s Pizza and the Anderson Farm Museum.