Make sure you have a great day by planning ahead!
Before Your Trip
- Read through the Teacher's Planning Guide. Guides will be emailed to you prior to the Festival.
- Related to your teaching expectations, plan a list of activities of interest for your students and distribute them to each group's adult supervisor. Click here to download or print a Festival Itinerary template. Please stagger the group starting activity stations to prevent crowding at popular activities.
- Divide your class into groups of five for supervision and safety reasons.
- Assign one adult supervisor to each group of five students.
- Any child with special considerations (administration of medication, special physical needs, health conditions or security) should be supervised by the teacher, or by the child's parent/guardian.
- Discuss the Festival and the role of adult chaperones with your volunteers/helpers.
- Read and distribute the Parent Chaperone Information Guide to adult supervisors. Click here for a PDF of this guide.
Please Note: An adult supervisor must accompany students at all times and stay on site.
What to Bring
- The Festival is held rain or shine, so students should dress for the weather.
- Encourage everyone to bring a "litterless lunch" and litterless snacks. The snack bar will be open, but has a limited offering of drinks and snack items.
- For easy identification, prepare a sign with your school's name on it and have your bus driver display in the front window of the bus when they return to pick you up.
- Please discourage students from feeding the waterfowl that may be found along the riverbank.
- With the possibility of media coverage at the festival, any students who are not to be photographed or interviewed should be pointed out to the adult supervisor. Proper name spellings of students able to be photographed or interviewed should also be available.