For answers to some Frequently Asked Questions about the Halton Forest Festival click below!
- 01 When is the Halton Forest Festival?
The Halton Forest Festival runs yearly in the month of October (usually within the first two weeks) check our main page for yearly dates.
- 02 Who can attend the Halton Forest Festival?
During our educational days, the festival welcomes students in grades six and seven, including six/seven combined classes from the Halton Catholic District School Board, the Halton District School Board, homeschoolers and Halton’s private elementary schools.
During our Public Day, all members of the community are welcome to attend and bring their families.
- 03 How much does the event cost?
Our educational event charges a fee of $15/student* to cover both programming & busing, which is organized by the festival.
Note: The fee per student for the festival has increased by $5 for 2017. This increase will ensure that all students at the Halton Forest Festival continue to have a valuable experience and quality programming, while addressing rising costs and changes in financial support for the festival.
Attendance to our weekend Public Day is subject to our park gate fees (Includes HST):
Adult (15-64) $6.50
Senior (65 & over) $5.50
Child (5-14) $4.75
Child (4yrs & under) Free
Note: Day entrance fee receipt provides access to all six Conservation Halton Parks. For more information about group rates please visit the Conservation Halton webpage.
- 04 How do I register my class for the event?
Teachers can register their classes using our on-line registration form.
- 05 What should my students bring?
Students are required to bring a lunch and proper clothing apparel to protect from weather conditions (rain boots, sunscreen, hat etc.).
This is a completely outdoor event with several active, hands-on activities where students will be interacting with elements of their forests (this includes dirt!). We ask that teachers please prepare students accordingly with closed toe shoes and long pants.
- 06 How many students may I bring?
We have an attendance limit of approximately 400 students a day. Those who are interested may register as many classes as they would like, but we ask you to keep in mind that larger classes will be separated to accommodate our group size limit (10-15 students).
- 07 What happens if the festival is cancelled, or I choose to cancel my booking?
Any cancellations by your group within two weeks of the event will be non-refundable. If the Festival Organizing Committee determines or believes there are unsafe weather conditions and the event is cancelled the day before attendance, the school will be refunded 75% of their fees.
If the organizing committee cancels the event on or during the day of the festival, schools will receive refunds at the discretion of the organizing committee.
Notice of cancellations will be updated on our website's main page banner, and messaging will be left on the coordinators e-mail and voicemail
- 08 I have registered for the festival, but I am on the waiting list, now what?
Those who are placed on our waiting list will be contacted in the event of an opening in registration.
The confirmation of final numbers is required within two weeks of the festival. Please refer to your registration form for exact dates . At this point any open spots will be filled with our waiting list.
- 09 Can I volunteer for the Halton Forest Festival?
Yes! This is a community event and the success of the festival depends on the community coming together to teach children about the importance of their forests.
The festival is a perfect opportunity to gain experience with community outreach, public speaking, teaching and time management. The festival depends on approximately 80 volunteers each day and all volunteers will be recognized for their efforts. For more information check out our volunteer page or, to sign up, contact our Forest Festival Coordinator at 905-336-1158 ext. 2284 or by e-mail
- 10 My organization does not have the time to volunteer. Is there another way we can contribute to this event?
The festival is made possible through generous in-kind and monetary contributions from Halton’s community which go directly towards educating children about our forests. The festival includes five levels of sponsorship:
1. Forest Level Sponsor ($7,500 +)
2. Tree Level Sponsor ($5,000 +)
3. Trunk Level Sponsor ($2,000 +)
4. Sapling Level Sponsor ($1,000 +)
5. Seed Level Sponsor ($500 +)
For more information on donating to the Halton Forest Festival please contact our sponsorship page.
- 11 Will my class get to participate in every activity?
Unfortunately, due to time constraints each class is not able to participate in all of the activities provided for their grade at the festival. There are 14 activities for each grade level. Your class will participate in 6 of them covering as many of the 6 learning themes as possible. All festival activities are developed and created with both student interest and curriculum in mind.
- 12 What does the Halton Forest Festival scheduling look like?
Busses will arrive at school's for pick up around 9:30 am and will bring classes to the event just before its 10:00 am start time to allow students to arrange their belongings.
Mock teacher’s schedule:
9:30-10:00 Students arrive on buses
10:00-10:30 Activity 1
10:30-11:00 Activity 2
11:00-11:30 Activity 3
12:00-12:30 Activity 4
12:30-1:00 Activity 5
1:00-1:30 Activity 6
1:30-2:00 Students load on buses and return to school