Children's Water Education Council
c/o Waterloo Region Museum 10 Huron Rd.,
Kitchener, ON N2P 2R7
Phone: (519)748-1914
Fax: (519)748-0009
Email: rsusan@cwec.ca

Festival Activity Centres

Rainy Day in the Urban Forest


A presentation about urban forests, with a fun ball toss game demonstrates the important role trees play in replenishing groundwater supplies.


Earth and Space Systems, Grade 3 (Soil in the Environment)
Soil is made up of living and non-living things.  The composition, characteristics, and condition of soil determine its capacity to sustain life.  Soil is an essential source of life and nutrients for many living things.  Living things, including humans, interact with soils and can cause positive or negative changes.
1. assess the impact of soils on society and the environment, and of society and the environment on soils;
2. investigate the composition and characteristics of different soils;
3. demonstrate an understanding of the composition of soils, the types of soils, and the relationship between soils and other living things.

Life Systems, Grade 4 (Habitats and Communities)
Plants and animals are interdependent and are adapted to meet their needs from the resources available in their particular habitats. Changes to habitats (whether by nature or human means) can affect plants and animals and the relationship between them.  Society relies on plants and animals
1. analyse the effects of human activities on habitats and communities;
2. investigate the interdependence of plants and animals within specific habitats and communities;
3. demonstrate an understanding of habitats and communities and the relationship among the plants and animals that live in them

Social Studies: Grade 5
People and the Environment: The Role of Government and Responsible Citizenship
B.2 Use the social studies inquiry process to investigate Canadian social and/or environmental issues from various perspectives, including the perspective of the level of government responsible for addressing the issues.

The Children's Water Education Council gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Recreation. With $100 million in annual funding from the province's charitable gaming initiatives, the Foundation provides grants to eligible charitable and not-for-profit organizations in the arts, culture, sports, recreation, environment and social services sectors.