LGSC participated in the St Lawrence River Institute's May 2016 Water Festival at eh Drummond Building in Spencerville, Ontario. The Water Festival is a hands-on, minds-on multi-day event that consists of twenty-five interactive water discovery stations that are designed to be fun and educational for children. Each discovery centre conveys a message of water conservation and protection. Children spend a full day exploring and take home important messages and information to share with their families.
The 2015 Spencerville Children’s Water Festival was held on May 13th and 14th with 280 Grades Three and Four students attending on May 13th and an additional 180 students on May 14th.
St. Lawrence River Institute provided approximately 25 water discovery stations. On May 13th students from Athens District High School and on May 14th by students from Brockville Collegiate Institute manned these stations.
In addition Edwardsburg/Cardinal Public Library, South Nation Conservation Authority, Ontario Power Generation and, for the first time, Leeds Grenville Stewardship Council each had a station.
The theme of the stations included, among others, water conservation, wetlands, aquatic invaders, water chemistry erosion and the water cycle. The stations are designed to be hands on, minds on, with an environmental flavor for the elementary students.
In addition to a financial donation, LGSC had six volunteers on hand during the two days. The LGSC station was a very popular attraction demonstrating transpiration, guaranteed to soak all the participants.
The St Lawrence River Institute run three of these festivals each year. Leeds Grenville Stewardship Council and South Nation Conservation Authority partner with the River Institute for the Spencerville event. A board member from each Upper Canada and Catholic boards have been invited to attend. In addition Mayors and other dignitaries have been invited.
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