2019 Festival Dates: May 28th, 29th & 30th

Resources for Teachers

Local Education Programs

Otonabee Region Conservation Authority has been a member of the Peterborough Children's Water Festival since 2002. They deliver a variety of environmental education programs, for students and lifelong learners. Their goal is to engage participants in programs that explore and examine dynamic watersheds, water quality, wildlife habitat, and how activities on the landscape affect ecosystem health and function.

Otonabee Conservation staff work with local teachers, organizations, and service clubs to develop and deliver programs that are tailored to the specific needs of the group. These educational sessions range from a 30-minute classroom presentation to a full day outdoor session, either at the school or at a conservation project site. Among our educational programs provided are:

GreenUP has been a member of the Peterborough Children's Water Festival since 2002. GreenUP supports and celebrates the connection to our 134 freshwater lakes through dynamic water programs that bridge a number of water-related concerns for our region with positive actions for residents, children, decision-makers, businesses, and neighbourhoods.

GreenUP currently offers programming focused on water education in-class through the Wonders of Water program as well as hands on learning at Ecology Park.

City of Peterborough has been a member of the Peterborough Children's Water Festival since 2002. Through their Rethink the Rain program they have created a informative video about the cycle of water within our community.

The Nourish Project has been a member of the Peterborough Children's Water Festival since 2018. The Nourish Project uses a collaborative approach to grow access to healthy, locally-produced food, food literacy, and food advocacy. Through innovative programs and strong partnerships, we create spaces where people feel that they belong.

Nibi Giinwiindawan (We Are Water) is a 5 module curriculum for communities/schools/youth programs interested in creating dialogue and discussion around human relationship with water. Combining western and traditional methodologies, the fusion of knowledge will cultivate water ambassadors, youth with a renewed passion for advocating for our life source and teaching those around them on the benefits and sacredness of water.


Available at the Peterborough Public Library

  • The Amazing Water Book. Deborah Seed. Kids Can Press.
  • Earthcycles and Ecosystems. Beth Savan. Toronto: Kids Can Press. ISBN
  • The Jumbo Book of Science, 136 of the Best Experiments: The Ontario Science Centre.
  • Scienceworks: An Ontario Science Centre Book of Experiments. Kids Can Press.
  • A Drop of Water: A Book of Science and Wonder. Walter Wick. Scholastic Press.


There are a number water specific films available through the National Film Board website.


Journey of the Blob

In this short film, a young boy must make a decision about how to dispose of a green glob he has concocted. What will happen if he dumps it into a stream? Where does water come from and where does it go? This film illustrates the water cycle and raises many questions about environmental responsibility and the consequences of our decisions.

Paddle to the Sea

Based on Holling C. Holling's book of the same name, Paddle to the Sea is Bill Mason's film adaptation of the classic tale of an Indigenous boy who sets out to carve a man and a canoe. Calling the man "Paddle to the Sea," he sets his carving down on a frozen stream to await spring’s arrival. The film follows the adventures that befall the canoe on its long odyssey from Lake Superior to the sea.

What is Acid Rain?

What is acid rain? What are its causes and effects? Learn about the role of fossil fuels and pollution, where acid rain occurs, and solutions to reducing the amount of sulfuric and nitric acids in the atmosphere.

Waterpower 101

A three part video series featuring the primary source of renewable energy, waterpower. These informational and education videos highlight waterpower history, how it works, why it is so important to Ontarios supply mix, and the many benefits of this green, clean and renewable source of energy.


Online Resources

Water and Environment Website Links for Kids & Teachers

  • Freshwater Website – Environment Canada Contains information about the nature of water and management (Site has a good teacher’s corner and a large list of publications. http://www.ec.gc.ca/water/index.htm
  • Great Lakes Information Network
    Information about life in and around the Great Lakes. Teacher resources provide quizzes, mini lessons on Great Lakes topics, U.S. and Canadian partnership. http://www.great-lakes.net/
    Envirozine- Environment Canada’s Online Newsletter - Discusses different environmental issues each week. http://www.ec.gc.ca/envirozine/english/home_e.cfm
  • Canadian Water Resources Association
    For individuals and organizations interested in the
    management of Canada’s water resources http://www.cwra.org
  • Canadian Climate Data, Environment Canada
    Historical climate data from across Canada. http:// www.ecoaction.gc.ca
  • Adopt-A-Pond (Toronto Zoo)
    A wetland-conservation program allows people and groups to adopt a pond. http://www.torontozoo.com/adoptapond/
  • Otonabee Region Conservation Authority http://www.otonabee.com
  • Peterborough Utilities Services http://www.peterboroughutilties.ca/home.htm
  • Waterfront Regeneration Trust
    A southern Ontario ENGO that organizes projects
    designed to enhance the Lake Ontario shoreline on the Canadian side. http://www.waterfronttrail.org/
  • Ontario Clean Water Agency. http://www.ocwa.com
  • Lifewater Canada
    Information on drilling safe drinking water wells and building hand pumps, and training programs. http://www.lifewater.ca
  • Watershed Science Centre
    Information about watershed research. http://www.trentu.ca/iws/
  • Water - Ministry of the Environment
    Information on various water-related issues, including wells, conservation, drinking water monitoring, the Great Lakes, and more. http://www.ene.gov.on.ca/water/index.php
  • Water Survey of Canada
    National water quantity survey. Looks at waterrelated issues facing various provinces. http://www.wsc.ec.gc.ca/
  • Water Environmental Association of Ontario
    An organization for technical and professional
    individuals. http://www.weao.org
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    Kids’ site has online activities. Teachers’ site has
    information such as curriculum ideas and other links.
  • Waterweb
    A consortium listing water-related and environmental websites in Canada and internationally. http://www.waterweb.org
  • University of Wisconsin Extension Programs,
    Environmental Resources Education Site: Educating
    Young People About Water
    Has links to curriculum materials and ideas. http://www.uwex.edu/erc/eypaw/
  • The Groundwater Foundation (USA)
    Site for kids with activities and info. http://www.groundwater.org/kc/kc.html
  • Water Science for Schools, U.S. Geological Survey
    Information for kids & teachers with online activities. http://water.usgs.gov/education.html
  • American Water Works Association http://www.awwa.org/
  • People for Puget Sound.
    Seattle, WA, U.S.A. http://www.pugetsound.org/kids/default.html
  • Great Lakes Information Management
    Resource – Kids resources http://www.on.ec.gc.ca/greatlakes/For_kids-W34DB7BBAD-1_En.htm
  • Canada’s Aquatic Environments- Promotes awareness of aquatic ecosystems http://www.aquatic.uoguelph.ca
  • Ducks Unlimited Canada http://www.ducks.ca/resource/teachers/index.html
  • Centre for Global Environmental Education, Hamline University
    “Rivers for Life” program makes connection to our immediate activities http://www.hamline.education/cgee_site/watershedpartners/resources/resources.html
  • Canadian Centre for Inland Waters
    Water research in the Great Lakes http://www.ec.gc.ca/inre_nwril
  • RiverSides Stewardship Alliance
  • Acts to facilitate behavioural attitudes http://www.riversides.org
  • Ontario Streams
    Stream restoration information and education http://ontariostreams.on.ca
  • Conservation Ontario- Network of 38 conservation www.conservation-ontario.on.ca
  • Water Environment Federation-Dedicated to water
    preservation and enhancement http://www.wef.org/AboutWater/ForTheP
  • Water Use it wisely- Incorporates water conservation tips into a memory game www.wateruseitwisely.com
  • BellLive- Electronic Learning Adventures help kids learn about the environment www.bellmuseum.org/distancelearning/waters