Stewardship Programs

The following programs are offered by the Town of Oakville, neighbouring municipalities, conservation authorities and community groups. Most programs are offered free of charge to local school and community groups.

EcoLetter

The Town of Oakville’s Environmental Policy department compiles information from Halton Region, Conservation Halton and local community groups and distributes this information to educators via the electronic Ecoletter twice / year. Each edition of the EcoLetter contains curriculum resources, in-class activities and free presentations about environmental stewardship. Each edition of the Ecoletter includes information on:

  • Air quality
  • Water conservation and protection
  • Energy use and conservation
  • Protecting green space and local farms
  • Waste diversion and facility management information
  • Field trips and grants
  • Volunteer opportunities

All of the programs below are featured in either the Fall or Spring edition of the EcoLetter. For more information or to get your name on the distribution list, please contact environment@oakville.ca.

2015 EcoLetters:

Elementary Fall EcoLetter (September - January 2015) (pdf, 424 KB)
Secondary Fall EcoLetter (September - January 2015) (pdf, 286 KB)

Anti-Idling Campaigns

Town Council passed the Anti-Idling By-law 2002-153 on August 12, 2002. It is an offence for a vehicle to idle for more than five consecutive minutes except in certain circumstances. Outreach and education surrounding the by-law includes involving school communities and promotion of the by-law at idling hotspots. Download the Anti-Idling Campaign Resource Kit that includes speaking notes, curriculum links, newsletter inserts,idling tracking sheets and anti-idling badges for the kids to decorate and wear.  If you are interested in running a campaign please contact environment@oakville.ca and the town will provide you with posters, outdoor banner, safety vests, and anti-idling window decals free of charge.

Halton Children’s Water Festival

The Halton Children’s Water Festival (HCWF) will be held from September 25 to 28, 2012. The festival provides over 4,000 elementary students in Grades 2 to 5 with the opportunity to learn about the importance of ground and surface water in a fun, safe, and hands-on learning experience. Over 50 interactive activity centres developed under the guidance of the Ontario curriculum requirements teach children about water health and safety, science and technology, stewardship, and the role of water in society. For details about this event email waterfestival@hrca.on.ca.

The Stream of Dreams Program

Designed to educate communities about their local watersheds through stunning public displays of artistic Dreamfish. Dreamfish are fish shapes cut from scrap plywood and painted by participants in the most imaginative colours and designs. These Dreamfish are mounted on chain link fences to create a mural serving as a brilliant reminder of the importance of protecting water resources within our communities. For more information about the program visit the Conservation Halton website.

Yellow Fish Road

Trout Unlimited Canada’s Yellow Fish Road program is a hands-on environmental program that allows youth to make a difference by increasing awareness of water pollution in their community. The Yellow Fish Road program’s goal is to help Canadians understand that storm drains are the doorways to our rivers, lakes and streams. Students adhere an information disc to storm drains promoting to the program’s goals. All materials are provided free by the Town of Oakville. For more information or to sign up for the program email environment@oakville.ca.

Watt Not, Waste Not — Energy Meter Lending Program

The town encourages residents to conserve Energy! In August 2007, the Environmental Policy department and Oakville Public Library launched a new program that allows residents and school groups to borrow energy meters to test their home and school appliances for energy usage. Residents can borrow a meter from any of the town's five libraries and return the meter to any branch free of charge:

Central Branch Library,120 Navy Street
Glen Abbey Branch Library,1415 Third Line
Iroquois Ridge Branch Library,1051 Glenashton Drive
White Oaks Branch Library,1070 McCraney Street East
Woodside Branch Library,1274 Rebecca Street

Anderson Bridge Parkette: "A Garden for Life"

The Anderson Bridge Parkette is a demonstration garden that highlights how a garden can be beautiful and beneficial through a design that incorporates native species, pollinator friendly plants, water efficiency and biodiversity. Located at the corner of Rebecca and Forsythe streets, this garden is a partnership between the town, the Oakville Horticultural Society and Halton Region.