Access free Ontario-curriculum linked games, activities, and lesson plans that are perfect for informal and formal educators, parents, and grandparents. Help the next generation of environmental stewards learn more about local species, freshwater health, and how they can take action.
Nature Discovery Backpacks
Watersheds Canada, in partnership with local organizations, is launching Nature Discovery Backpack lending libraries! Each Backpack includes all necessary activities and field equipment, such as a water test kit, an aquatic dip net, a notebook, binoculars, and identification guides. The contents help increase student engagement and identification skills regarding local species, and contribute to local environmental sustainability knowledge and action.
Freshwater, Plants, and People Program
Funding from the Ottawa Community Foundation made it possible for the next generation of environmental stewards to explore their local environment and learn about the impacts people have on native plant species and freshwater health. Grade 3 and 4 classes at Carleton Heights Public School and W.E. Gowling Public School received the “Freshwater, Plants, and People Program” during the 2020-2021 school year.
Ottawa Faith Community Capacity Building Program
This two-year project led by Greening Sacred Spaces and Watersheds Canada will provide Ottawa and surrounding area faith communities with the tools and resources their leaders and volunteers need to identify a freshwater stewardship need in their community, and begin this project by using a information toolkit and microgrant program opportunity. This Program is possible thanks to generous funding from the Ottawa Community Foundation, and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.
Ontario Shoreline and Freshwater Health: Multimedia Experience
Watersheds Canada and Pinegrove Productions are developing and delivering a multimedia project to help youth see, discuss, and understand how human actions on their lake have significant ecological impacts above and below the water. Comparisons between developed and natural sites will be made as youth explore underwater impacts on wildlife living on their lake using multimedia and print resources. This project was funded by Wildlife Habitat Canada’s Community Conservation Action Program.
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Nature Discovery kits
In partnership with Haliburton Outdoors 4 Youth Club and The Land Between, Watersheds Canada launched a free Nature Discovery Kit project in Haliburton and Peterborough in summer 2021. Each kit included field equipment and activities for youth and their families to identify local species, explore and connect with nearby nature, and learn more about local water quality. Participants chose from a forest themed kit or a freshwater themed kit and workbook. This project was funded by the Arthur and Audrey Cutten Foundation.