Urban Watershed Festival

March 21, 2015
9:00am–4:00pm
Evergreen Brick Works
Free

Urban Watershed Festival

March 21, 2015 | 9:00am–4:00pm

Urban Watershed Festival

Make a splash with talks, tours and water-themed activities exploring your local watershed. Learn how you can lower your water impact, take the Watershed Pledge and more! See below for the full list of water-themed activities. 

Saturday, March 21
9am–4pm

Urban Watershed 101 

Watershed Wise | 9am–1pm | Free
Learn how you can take action to improve the health of your watershed with Evergreen’s Uncover Your Creeks program and discover other water-wise initiatives led by local groups and organizations in your community. Find out what watershed you live in with the interactive Watershed Map and gain a better understanding of how water flows through city streets with the new Watershed Model.

Urban Watershed Pledge | 9am–1pm | Free 
Take the Urban Watershed Pledge and share your ideas for lowering your water footprint—from installing a rain barrel to drinking tap water.

Family Fun 

Hands In The Bowl Cooking Class | 10am–11am | Fido Classroom | $5 Suggested Donation 
Explore water composition in the body, on the planet and of course in your food, at this hands-on cooking workshop for caregivers and children aged 4–7. On today's menu, pop and chips the healthy way! By extracting water from vegetables (dehydration), we will make crispy chips. And through the infusion of water with healthy fruit syrups and herbs, we will make refreshing soda pop. 

The Great Glacial Melt in the Children’s Garden | 10am–4pm | The Children's Garden | $5 Suggested Donation 
The ice village in The Children's Garden has been growing all winter and now the melt is on!  Design and make your own watershed craft to float down the garden's "glacial river" as we have fun exploring the natural processes that have shaped our watershed. 

Water Talks and Tours 

Water Walk: Evergreen Brick Works Tour | 11am–noon | $5 Suggested Donation
From water cisterns to rain gardens, explore the unique stormwater and water conservation methods used at Evergreen Brick Works. This tour meets in the Young Welcome Centre. 

Greening Your Grounds with the TRCA | 11am–noon | Blakes Room | Free
Get ready to add some innovative and beautiful design elements to your property with help from the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA). This presentation will show you how to implement a variety of stormwater retention projects, including rain gardens, rain barrels and permeable pavement. Attendees will receive a free copy of the TRCA’s Greening Your Grounds guidebook.

Your Water Footprint Book Signing with Author Stephen Leahy | 11am–1pm | Building 14 | Free
Join author Stephen Leahy to learn the shocking facts about how much water we use to make everyday products. Stephen will be signing copies of his book Your Water Footprint.

Celebrate Great Lakes Fish: Talk and Taste | noon–1pm | Fido Classroom | Free
Taste and learn everything about sustainable Great Lakes fish with Ocean Wise and Chef Brad Long from Café BelongDuring this one hour cooking demo, Chef Brad Long and Ocean Wise will be preparing, cooking and sampling a sumptuous dish highlighting sustainable Great Lakes fishery.

5 Things You Need to Know for a Swimmable Summer  | 1–2pm | Free
Are you one of the thousands of Torontonians who play in Toronto’s waters? Do you swim or paddle near a wastewater treatment plant or a combined sewer overflow? How would you know if you have? With the help of Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, learn to identify and address pollution problems in Lake Ontario that may pose a risk to your health. Gain a better understating of water quality standards and the rules that protect your right to swimmable water and ensure a clean, healthy watershed. 

Location

Evergreen Brick Works | 550 Bayview Ave, Toronto ON, M4W 3X8