Water Education

Hamilton Children's Water Festival

Hamilton Children's Water Festival 2021 artwork

The Hamilton Children’s Water Festival in 2022 will take place virtually and is an opportunity to educate students about the importance of water conservation, protection, awareness, respect, science technology, history and health. Teachers can sign up to receive a package containing class activities based on activities usually found at the Hamilton Children’s Water Festival. Each activity is based on the Ontario Curriculum and are provided by our close community partners such as Green Venture, the Royal Botanical Gardens, the City of Hamilton, McMaster University and many more!

  • Who: Grade 4 Teachers and their students
  • What: Hamilton Children’s Water Festival
  • Where: In your class and playground
  • When: May 2022
  • Why: To give students a new respect for water and the environment as well as make them aware of local water issues.
  • This is a free event

The ultimate goal is to foster decision-makers, initiate the process of behavioural change, to empower children to initiate change within their homes, schools and communities, and to encourage children to become catalysts for change by taking information and new found respect back to their own environment.

Hamilton Children’s Water Festival Activities and Resources

Activities and resources will be available for download May 2022

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Children's Water Festival Registration

To register, email your class information to [email protected]. Please include your school name, number of students and indicate that you wish to take part in the 2022 Hamilton Children’s Water Festival. By registering, you will receive the 2022 Hamilton Children's Water Festival Package by email as soon as it is available. The package will also be available for download on this page.

2022 Festival Activities

Provided by: Hamilton Water and Byron Morton (Master Puppeteer)

Description: Watch as our furry friends from the Hamilton Harbour get together to put on a very entertaining and educational show. Join in the fun as the zany cast of characters sing and dance to original songs that they have written themselves. Great music, great puppets and a great message make this show a must-see event. 

Provided by: Royal Botanical Gardens

Description: All life depends on water, especially the plants and animals that live in Royal Botanical Gardens’ wetlands. How do we know if our marshes and ponds have healthy water? Through this activity, students will learn about ways RBG’s ecologists monitor water quality and how aquatic invertebrates can tell us if water is healthy. Using a dichotomous key, students will explore and identify aquatic invertebrates found at RBG and, using what they learned in this activity, students will discuss the water quality of different ponds based on aquatic invertebrates counts.

Provided by: Green Venture

Description: How much do you think about water? In this activity students will answer questions about water in a Jeopardy-style game. Categories include “Unbottle It”, “Water in the House”, “Hidden Water Use”, “Made of Water”, “Water Worlds”, and “Water’s for Dinner”.

Provided by: City of Hamilton - Hamilton Water – Compliance and Regulation

Description: Students will learn that a catch basin leads to the natural environment and only rain water or snow can go into a catch basin. We will discuss what happens when common household products are disposed of in the incorrect location. This could lead to pollution in our water and have a negative impact on our fish and plant life. For example, paints cleaners, gasoline cannot go to a catch basin and should be taken to a Community Recycling Centre. 

Provided by: Hamilton Industrial Environmental Association (HIEA)

Description: This activity deals with the different types of wetland habitats. Through an activity book, students will discover the many different types of wetlands, their unique characteristics and their different inhabitants.

Provided by: City of Hamilton - Hamilton Water – Plant Operations

Description: The water treatment plant produces the clean tap water that is used by hundreds of thousands of people across Hamilton but only a fraction of those people knows how the water treatment plant works! This activity provides an informative video that explains the processes used to treat water from Lake Ontario to ensure it is safe for everyone to drink. After learning about the treatment plant, students can compete against each other using their new-found knowledge in fun and entertaining games on Blooklet.com!

Provided by: City of Hamilton - Hamilton Water – Plant Operations

Description: A discussion and illustration of the water sources on our planet that are fresh-water and those that are salt-water; illustrating that fresh-water is a limited resource. The discussion is based within a Story Map – students can navigate around and find facts about our Water sources here in the City. This is followed by an interactive online quiz game!

Provided by: Hamilton Naturalists’ Club / Brinkman Group

Description: Students will investigate how Osprey (also known as seahawk, fish hawk or fish eagle), a fish-eating bird of prey, feed themselves and their young. Students will also find out how pollutants affect Osprey and how they can help keep the Osprey’s food source pollutant free. Students are split into teams and try to ‘catch fish’ by running to the ‘pond’, returning with a fish to the ‘nest’ within the required time. Upon their return and when all fish are gone, each team will calculate the healthiness of their catch based on the quality of fish they have caught.

Provided by: City of Hamilton - Hamilton Water – Customer Service and Community Outreach

Description: This activity will educate students on the impact they have on the City’s sewer system and Hamilton Harbour. Students will learn about the connection between their actions at home and how they affect the water in the harbour. Students will see what is and isn’t allowed to be flushed down the toilet by watching their favourite heroes - Richard the Turd, Sir Peeter and the Duchess of Swirl - take care of the evil “unflushables”. Students can then play the Own Your Throne online game to try and get a high score!

Provided by: City of Hamilton - Hamilton Water – Plant Operations

Description: We flush our toilet and put water down the drain and never think of where it goes.  Once you flush the toilet the water and sewage go through the sewer lines under the streets to the treatment plant. Here, it is processed and cleaned.  Watch a video of our wastewater treatment plant that shows the treatment processes and then take a look behind the scenes on a self-guided tour of the plant!

Provided by: The Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology

Description: How do we get running water into our homes? When we turn on a tap, flush a toilet, or take a bath, where does the water come from?

Provided by: Hamilton Waterfront Trust

Description: This activity will take the class on a tour of Bayfront Park. Using a 360o camera, a member from the Fish and Wildlife Restoration Program will provide commentary that will educate students on life in the harbour. This activity will allow students the chance to see the revitalization that has taken place along the waterfront.

Provided by: Green Venture

Description: Ecosystems, big and small, can be found everywhere! Students will spend some time outdoors and will be encouraged to rethink their perspectives on nature and ecosystems by looking for signs of life on the school grounds. They will consider the impact of the built environment (school building, pavement, etc) on water and other resources that support ecosystems.

2020 Logo Design Contest 

Hamilton Children's Water Festival 2020 artworkDrawing by Eflin from Mount Albion Elementary School

2019 Winner

Winning logo 2019 Children's Water Festival

Drawing by Alyssa from St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Elementary School

2018 Co-winner

Winning drawing by Ayshea H from James McDonald School

2018 Co-winner

Winning drawing by Macy P from James McDonald School

2017 Winner

HCWF 2017 Logo

2016 Winner

2015 Winner

2014 Winner

2013 Winner

2012 Winner