Peterborough Children's Water Festival

19th Annual Festival

Monday March 16th, 2020

The closure of Ontario schools over the next three week period as well as the necessity for many employees across sectors to work from home has meant a compressed timeline for preparing the festival, and uncertainty about the ability of our committed community and high school volunteers and registered classes to attend in May.  We have made the decision to work towards a Fall festival in October 2020.

At this time we will hold all pre-registered spaces and will reach out to these teachers when a new fall date has been confirmed. Pre-registered classes will be prioritized for participation in the Fall event, with general registration to be re-opened with remaining spaces.

We will post all updates to our website and through school board communications.

Thank you for your support of Water Education!

Registration is Closed until further notice

Peterborough City and County Registration is closed until further notice.


Are you an Educator interested in joining the festival? Here's what you need to know.


Interested in Volunteering at the festival? What should you expect? Find out here.

About Us

The Peterborough Children’s Water Festival (PCWF) is a community event that 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.

The 19th Annual Peterborough Children's Water Festival will be held May 26th, 27th and 28th, 2020.

The Peterborough Children's Water Festival is for children in Grade 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 2019 Sponsors!

Festival Sponsor - $5000+

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Festival Patron - $2,500- $4999


Festival Benefactor - $1,000- 2,499


Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, Zone E

Ontario Wildlife Foundation

Symons Trust Fund for Canadian Studies

Festival Friend - Under $1000

Bryson Ltd.

D.M. Willis Associates Limited

Grant and Emma Murphy

Herb Lang Well Drilling Ltd

Township of Selwyn

Trisan Construction

In Kind Sponsorship

City of Peterborough

Don on the Job

Ecolé catholique Monseigneur-Jamot

Fleming College

Friends of the Osprey

Glen Caradus


Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School

James Whetung

Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board

Kawartha Home Hardware

Kawartha World Issues Centre

Kenner Collegiate Vocational Institute

Lang Pioneer Village Museum

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

Ontario Provincial Police

Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre

Otonabee Conservation

Pepsi QTG Canada

Peterborough Public Health

Peterborough Tent & Event Rentals

Peterborough Utilities Group

Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board

Riverview Park and Zoo

RJ’s Fresh Produce

Southside Pizzeria & Co.

Tim Hortons (Water Street)

Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School


Trent University

Turris Communications Ltd.




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 Shiver, Community Member