New Great Lakes Mini Water Festival in Stratford and Area & St. Marys (media release, June 8, 2017)

June 8, 2017, Stratford, ON –  The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (UTRCA), in partnership with the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, is working with local schools to launch the new Great Lakes Mini Water Festival in Perth County. The new educational program kicks off on June 12 at Jeanne Sauvé Catholic School in Stratford.

“The Great Lakes Mini Water Festival helps students understand the importance of the Great Lakes,” said Maranda MacKean, Community Education Specialist at the UTRCA. “Water is a natural resource that needs to be protected and conserved. The festival activities explore uses, issues and impacts, especially as they relate to the Thames River and Lake Erie watershed.”

The Mini Water Festival features interactive stations for the students, that will build connections with the Great Lakes. One of the stations includes an augmented reality sandbox that lets students create a watershed!

Project Partners:
– Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
– Upper Thames River Conservation Authority
– Local schools (Jeanne Sauvé, St. Ambrose and St. Aloysius in Stratford, Holy Name of Mary in St. Marys, and St. Patrick’s in Kinkora)

Plans are being made to extend this program to the other K-8 schools in Perth County this fall.

Contact: Maranda MacKean, Community Education Specialist, or Steve Sauder, Marketing Specialist

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