Teacher / Volunteer Information - Niagara Children's Water Festival

The 2018 Niagara Children's Water Festival runs from May 8 to 11, 2018 at Ball's Falls Conservation Area.

Activities run each day from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bus pick up times vary depending on school location. All students are returned to their schools prior to afternoon dismissal.

At this festival, students learn about the importance of water with exciting educational activity centres. Each activity centre includes a hands-on demonstration or interactive game to help the students learn important messaging about water and the environment. Groups of students rotate through the activity centres, visiting approximately 10 activities throughout the day.

The festival is open to grades three and four students in Niagara for free. Transportation arrangements and costs are covered by the sponsors. Students are picked up at their school in the morning and returned in time for dismissal. We ask all students to bring a litter free lunch and dress appropriately for this rain or shine outdoor event.

To learn more, watch our video or contact us with any questions.

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Daily Agenda

  • 9 a.m., Festival Volunteer Arrival
    Volunteers park at the Centre for Conservation, entering off of Victoria Avenue (due to road closure). Proceed down the paved trail to the Main Barn.
  • 9:30 - 10 a.m., School Group Arrival
    School groups are dropped off at their designated bus zone and asked to proceed to their lunch tent. Festival Greeters will be available to assist.
  • 10:05 - 11:35 a.m., Morning Activity Time
    Fun and exciting water messaging is delivered to students, teachers and parent volunteers. Each activity is 15 minutes long. An air horn will sound when it's time for students to switch centres.
  • 11:40 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., Lunch Break
    We ask that all students, parent volunteers and teachers bring a litter-free lunch.
  • 12:20 - 1:20 p.m., Afternoon Activity Time
    Fun and exciting water messaging is delivered to students, teachers and parent volunteers. Each activity is 15 minutes long. An air horn will sound when it's time for students to switch centres.
  • 1:25 p.m., School Group Departure
    School groups return to their designated bus zone for departure.

Note: The festival runs rain or shine and you will be outside all day. Please remember to wear comfortable shoes, appropriate for an outdoor environment. The grass is always wet in the morning.

Teachers

Registration

Registration for the 2018 Water Festival is now closed. Teachers can sign up their classes to be on the waiting list.

If you have registered your class, you will receive a letter via email in early April that will confirm your date of attendance and transportation information.

Teacher Information Guide

Transportation

All transportation is arranged and paid for by the Niagara Children's Water Festival. Teachers will receive an information package in early April confirming their date of attendance and bus pick up time.

If the bus does not arrive in the morning, see the transportation contact information sheet that will be provided in your Teacher Festival Guide (sent in late April).

If the bus does not arrive for pick-up in the afternoon, speak with our Transportation Coordinator at your bus zone for assistance.

If you arrive late at the festival, and it is in the middle of an activity, wait and proceed to your next scheduled activity. Festival Staff will be on hand to help you with this.

Parent Volunteers

In most cases, there will be room for parent volunteers to ride the bus. Ensure that at least one adult supervisor from each school drives separately to the festival in case there is a need for a student to be transported back to the school. Parking will be available on site.

Volunteers

Refer to your volunteer orientation package (sent in late April) for volunteer information and activity centre details.

Registration

You can register as a volunteer.

If you have already registered as a volunteer, you will be sent an orientation package in late April. This package will confirm the activity you are scheduled to run including an activity script and other important information.

Volunteer Information Guide

Group Activity Centres

An air horn will sound at the start of the festival and every 15 minutes throughout the day. The air horn means it is time to switch groups.

If your centre is not working, have your highschool volunteer retrieve a member of the festival organizing committee who will come and fix your centre.

If no group shows up, it's likely they are just taking a little more time getting to your centre, or they canceled last minute.

Don't start your presentation until the teacher has settled the students. The teachers and parent volunteers are responsible for all behavioral issues

If you finish early, ask the students about their day. What was your favourite activity? What have you learned so far? If you still need to fill time try a game like "Duck, Duck Goose".

Volunteer Activity documents

Parking

Parent volunteers who drive separately can park at the Centre for Conservation (at the blue Bus Zone). Directions will be included in your Festival Guide, to be sent in late April. After parking at the Centre for Conservation, please ask parents to meet you at your designated lunch tent.

Festival volunteers can park at the Centre for Conservation. All Festival volunteers should proceed down the hill to the Main Barn to check in upon arrival. Further information will be included in your volunteer orientation package.

Risk and Injury

St. John Ambulance Medical First Responders will be onsite throughout the duration of the Water Festival.

If a student needs first aid care, have a teacher or parent volunteer take the student to the First Aid station located beside the Main Barn. If it is a more serious injury, call 911 immediately and notify a member of the steering committee.

Cell phone reception may be unreliable, depending on your service provider. If you need to make an emergency call, come directly to the information desk at the Main Barn. One of our festival volunteers will assist you.

Activity Centre Map

Download a printable map of the Activty Centres for the Niagara Children's Water Festival.

Questions or Concerns

Contact us with any additional questions.


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