LGSC is a proud sponsor and contributor to the Children’s Water Festival hosted each year by the St. Lawrence River Institute.
The purpose of the program is to educate young people about the value and fragility of our water resources.
The Festival features approximately 30 hands-on Water Discovery Centers that address five different water related themes:
- Water Conservation,
- Water Protection,
- Water Attitude,
- Water Technology, and
- Water Science.
Within these themes, a variety of other issues are presented such as: groundwater and wells; septic systems; hydropower; contaminants in rivers and lakes; and invasive species. The stations are designed to be hands on, minds on, with an environmental flavor for the elementary students.
In 2019 the two-day event was held on May 9th and 10th in the Drummond Building in Spencerville. Spencerville is the first of three children's water festivals sponsored by the Institute each year.
There were some 324 elementary (Grades 3, 4 and 5) on May 10thand 307 on May 11thfrom schools in Leeds-Grenville attending over the two days. 631 in total split into small groups and accompanied by their teachers and parents.
473 students representing 9 area public school from the triangle Morrisburg to Lyn to Kemptville attended the festival. Kemptville High School students instructed the elementary students on May 9th, and North Dundas high school students did the instructing on May 10.
While we had torrential downpours during both days it did not dampen the enthusiasm of the grades 3, 4 and 5's attending.
Besides the St Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences, there were stations from Ontario Power Generating, Edwardsburgh-Cardinal Fire Dept, Edwardsburgh Cardinal Public Library, South Nation Conservation Authority and Leeds Grenville Stewardship Council with St John's Ambulance on standby at the site.
In addition to a financial donation, LGSC had volunteers on hand during the two days. Dave Robertson and Cliff Rogers have worked hard to perfect the LGSC station. It is a very popular attraction demonstrating transpiration, guaranteed to soak all the participants.
For more information contact: Dave Robertson