Peterborough Children's Water Festival

19th Annual Festival – Going virtual May 2021

We are delighted to bring the 2021 PCWF Virtually to online and in-person schools within Peterborough City and County. FOUR weekly injections of Water Education will bring the Magic of the PCWF to your class every Wednesday in May!

Our workshop themes are the pillars of the PCWF - By registering you sign up for all four!*:

  • May 5th - Cultural Perspectives
  • May 12th - Conservation
  • May 19th - Protection
  • May 26th - Science and Technology

*Topic order above is subject to change

Workshops will be 40 minutes of live engagement* with Water Super Heroes sharing their extraordinary water-based work in Nogojiwanong/Peterborough:

AM session Gr 2/3 11-11:40**

PM session Gr 4/5 1:30-2:10**


*Our virtual Festival format will use Zoom, using protocols approved by both PVNCCDSB and KPR.

**With such varied school schedules across schools and boards, there are no universal times that will work for all.  We will have great online resources for everyone, even if you are unable to join in our live-streamed education!

Want to start your #WaterWednesday now? Find the Wonders of Water archives here!  Locally focused and fun water education for your class.


Thank you for your support of Water Education! 💦

Register Now

Peterborough City and County Registration Open March 22nd

About Us

The Peterborough Children’s Water Festival (PCWF) is a community event for children in Grade 2 to 5. The PCWF provides students with the opportunity to discover the importance and diversity of water.

The PCWF works in partnership with educators, water quality and quantity specialists, community volunteers, conservation groups, industry and government to create a festival full of activities that are educational and fun for children in grades 2 to 5.

Learning about Benthic Macroinvertebrates
Learning how to ID Benthic Macroinvertebrates

Check out the Highlights from our many years of Water Education!


The Peterborough Children's Water Festival has been a successful educational event for 18 years thanks to the support of our community partners and local businesses. 

Sponsors enable us to promote and deliver water education to hundreds of children in Peterborough and the Kawarthas region annually.

Thanks to our 2020 & 2021 Sponsors!

Festival Sponsor — $5,000+
Ptbo Utilities
Ontario Trillium
TD Friends of the Environment Foundation

Festival Patron — $2,500-$4,999


Festival Benefactor — $1,000-$2,499

Siemens Milltronics
Ontario Power Generation
Valdor Engineering Inc.

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, Zone E

Symons Trust Fund for Canadian Studies

Festival Friend —  < $1,000

Grant and Emma Murphy

Township of Selwyn

In Kind Sponsorship

City of Peterborough


Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board

Otonabee Conservation

Peterborough Utilities Group

Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board

Riverview Park and Zoo


Trent University

We are enormously grateful for the financial and in-kind contributions of local sponsors that support our in-person festival!

Thank you to past and present sponsors who have supported immersive water education!  We're thinking of all of you in these unprecedented times!

Thanks to our 2019 Steering Committee

City of Peterborough


Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board

Otonabee Conservation

Peterborough Northumberland Victoria and Clarington Catholic District School Board 

Peterborough Utilities Group

Riverview Park and Zoo

Trent University

Wayne Stiver, Community Member