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Water Education opportunities

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2017 Hamilton’s Water Festival

The Hamilton Children’s Water Festival is a three-day educational, hands-on, out of school, opportunity to educate students about the importance of water conservation, protection, awareness, respect, science technology, history and health. This festival brings the expertise of specialists, members of industry, government and educators to provide students with the opportunity to learn directly from local professionals through their unique water and environmental demonstrations, discussions, displays and exhibits. Learn more about Hamilton’s Water Festival.

Let us educate and entertain you!

Hamilton Harbour Puppet Shows are interactive and environmentally based, with the characters singing and discussing local water issues. Professionally produced puppets are masterfully handled by Byron Morton of Image Puppet Productions Inc. Book your show visit.

Learn more about Water Education.

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Recycling and Composting – Facility Tours and Speakers

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Book a school presentation with one of our Master Recyclers or request a tour of the Central Composting Facility to learn about Hamilton’s composting and recycling programs.

Learn more about Waste Management School Presentations.

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Forestry Education

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The City’s forestry education program offers free informative and interactive presentations. Learn more about Forestry Education.

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Children’s Water Festival

2017 Hamilton Children’s Water Festival

The Hamilton Children’s Water Festival is a three-day educational, hands-on, out of school, opportunity to educate students about the importance of water conservation, protection, awareness, respect, science technology, history and health.

Learn more about the 2017 Hamilton Children’s Water Festival.

Information for Teachers

The festival is free for schools to attend. The City of Hamilton along with our generous sponsors and partners provide transportation to and from the event, festival T-shirts, stainless steel water bottles, lunch and all the activities free of charge.

Get more information for Teachers.

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Tree planting program

Get you free Tree

The City of Hamilton’s Street Tree Planting program offers free trees to homeowners in Hamilton. Trees are planted in the City-owned road allowance of your property. The measurement of the road allowance varies depending on the survey or neighbourhood you live in.

Speaker Alex Moroz, Community liaison Coordinator, Parks & Cemeteries

Learn more about the Street Tree Planting Program.

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Community Clean & Green /Clean Up Trailers

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The Community Clean Trailer provides volunteers with the tools they need to beautify our city parks. Each year, thousands of volunteers collect litter, remove graffiti, and weed flower and shrub beds in an effort to keep our parks clean and green.

Read more on Community Clean Trailer

Speaker Alex Moroz, Community liaison Coordinator, Parks & Cemeteries

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Adopt a Park Program

Adopt A Park LogoThe Adopt-a-Park program is a year round volunteer program. Adopt-a-Park volunteer groups sign up to help maintain and care for trees, flowers and shrub beds in our local parks. The groups agree to maintain and take care of a park for a minimum of three years.

Speaker: Alex Moroz, Community liaison Coordinator, Parks & Cemeteries

Learn more about Adopt-a-Park program.

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Team Up to Clean Up

Team up to Clean Up logoTeam Up to Clean Up is a year-round city-wide community clean up program. This program provides all the tools you need to run a community clean up including gloves, recycling bags and specially marked garbage bags.

In 2015, over 23,000 volunteers participated in Team Up to Clean Up. Volunteers collected 4,800 bags of garbage, 1,600 bags of recycling and invested more than 37,000 volunteer hours to help clean up our community.

The program helps keep public places in your neighbourhood clean and safe for everyone. You can host a clean up event on City property including:

  • parks
  • trails
  • parking lots
  • alleyways
  • streets

The City discourages clean ups around water because of the danger to volunteers. If you want to host a clean up event near a waterfall, pond or along a shoreline, you must register your event with the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup Program. This program will ensure you have appropriate safety information and liability coverage for volunteers.

Learn more about Team Up to Clean Up.

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Remedial Action Plan (RAP) for the Harbour

Areas of Concern and Remedial Action Plans

Hamilton Harbour is one of 43 locations around the Great Lakes where environmental degradation has led to the decline of ecosystem health locally and to the Great Lakes Basin more widely. The locations along the Great Lakes, referred to as Areas of Concern (AOCs), are located in Canada (12), the United States (26), and some are even shared between the two nations (5). The interconnectedness of the Great Lakes system and links to other waterways, such as the St. Lawrence River, requires cooperation between the countries that share these waterways.

Read more about Areas of Concern and Remedial Action Plans.

Speaker: Shane MacCauley, Manager Outreach, Hamilton Water

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Randle Reef Project

The biggest pile of contaminated sediment on the Canadian side of the Great Lakes was supposed to be de-listed as an “area of concern” last year but figuring out what to do with the coal by-product in Hamilton harbour and finding the money to do it, took decades.  The first barges hit the water six months ago and now two layers of steel wall have been built around the heaviest concentration of toxic sludge at Randle Reef, the first half of a container that will be finished next year. Read more about Randle Reef update.

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Green Bin & Composting programs

Here are some important tips about how to use your GREEN BIN. Visit www.hamilton.ca/waste for more tips.

Speaker: Jacquie Colangelo, Project Manager, Waste Operations

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Hamilton Bike Share

The City of Hamilton, in partnership with Social Bicycles, started implementing a bike share program in 2014.

Learn more about Hamilton Bike Share.

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Waste to watts

In a response to the Prime Minister’s long-term plan to lower Canada’s carbon footprint, a special committee has been touring the country to find alternative forms of power. Today they found themselves in Hamilton to tour the Woodward waste water plant that’s leading the industry to create renewable natural gas. The committee of senators from across the country have a daunting task: find the best forms of alternative energy that can power the country while minimizing the effects of climate change.

Learn more about Waste to Watts.