Check our recorded presentation to see some of our programming opportunities!
From the dangers of invasive species to the incredible ways wetlands protect and clean our environment, we have a program that's perfect for you! All LSWC Programs are available free of charge to schools and community groups! We travel anywhere within the Lesser Slave Watershed.
All Classroom programs are 1 hour long, and include either a game or activity following the presentation.
- What is a Watershed? —An introduction to the concept of watersheds as a whole, how humans fit into them, and what we can do to mitigate our own impacts.
- Our Watershed: A close-up look at the watershed we live, work and play in! Using various maps, and following the lead of the students this presentation includes all kinds of information on who we share the watershed with, and the various activities that happen on the land.
- Watershed Wise — An exploration of human action and activity on a model watershed, and what we can do to minimize our impacts.
- Watershed Stewardship — Sharing with students on the ground, actionable things we can do to safeguard our waterways, as individuals and together.
- Wetlands at Work: —Students learn about their role within in our ecosystem and how human actions can threaten, preserve, and enhance wetland ecosystems.
- Wetlands & Weather —Students will learn about the role wetlands play in mitigating extreme weather events,
Our Wild Neighbours: —Students are introduced to critters of all sorts that live within our watershed and the adaptations that help them survive. This program is available as a general topic or one of the sub-topics listed below.
- Aquatic Invertebrates
- Erosion & Weathering —This program is designed to introduce the concept of erosion, how it effects our environment and how plants can help prevent erosion and enhance our environment. This program also works great to introduce the concept of watersheds and how human activity affects the environment.
- XStream Science: X-Stream Science is a citizen-science based educational program that gives participants a hands-on learning experience with their local stream by conducting real-world water quality monitoring. Typically offered in 3 parts: pre-trip presentation, fieldtrip, and data-analysis. Collect aquatic benthic macro-invertebrates (water bugs), conduct water quality tests, and collect site information all happen on an outdoor fieldtrip. Offered in early fall & late spring.
- Water Chemistry: Students learn about how human actions can affect water quality in positive and negative ways, as well as the various parameters the LSWC and other organizations regularly test as part of their monitoring work.
- Water & Wastewater: Students learn about the Lesser Slave Watershed and how we deal with our waste water. Students learn what waste water is and where it ends up. They will engage in a group challenge to learn about water use and actions that can reduce water waste. A trip to a local water treatment plant can also be arranged as part of this program!
Contact our Education & Outreach Coordinator to learn more or book a presentation.
Phone: 780 523 9800
Email: [email protected]
Little Green Thumbs
Little Green Thumbs is an indoor classroom gardening program created by Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan (AITC SK), and managed by partner organizations like us! Their mission is to “engage, empower and support students with hands-on, cross-curricular, educational experiences by growing gardens in their own learning environments”.
AITC SK works with host organizations like the team here at the Lesser Slave Watershed Council (LSWC) to deliver materials, and run the program. In our first year we had 5 elementary school teachers registered for the program, we're now up to 9 classes, and 11 teacher partners!
Agriculture for Life brings industry, government and non-profit groups together with farmers and ranchers to focus on programming to build understanding about the importance of agriculture to our communities. Agriculture for Life helps to fund the Little Green Thumbs program in Alberta, reducing costs for host organizations to ensuring no school is left out if they want to be a part of this incredible program.
Little Green Thumbs Grade 4 gardens at High Prairie Elementary School. Freshly transplanted seedlings settling into the garden kits.
Vermicomposting (composting with worms) is an optional part of the Little Green Thumbs program. Here students are sorting the live worms from the composted soil to add the soil back into the garden!
A student from St. Andrews school transplanting one of the seedlings into the big classroom garden. Kids really have no problem getting their hands into the dirt!
Check out the Little Green Thumbs website for more information or if you are interested in becoming a Little Green Thumbs teacher, Click Here to apply. Successful applicants will receive the necessary training for the program and associated equipment prior to starting the program.
Check out this video Little Green Thumbs: Classroom Gardens to learn more about what its all about, or contact our Education & Outreach Coordinator by email at [email protected], or by phone at 780-523-9800.
The CARING FOR OUR WATERSHEDS program is an environmental educational competition encouraging creativity and rewarding students for the solutions they identify. By partnering with community based organizations Caring for Our Watersheds hopes to create focused solutions to local watershed issues.
Each year Agrium invites students to submit proposals that answer the question:
“WHAT CAN YOU DO TO IMPROVE YOUR WATERSHED?”
The program rewards the students and the schools who submit the most creative, thought-provoking and innovative ideas. There is funding for implementation and community mentorship available to turn the student’s ideas into solutions.
The LSWC is promoting the Caring for Our Watersheds Program in our watershed. For more information please contact our Education & Outreach Coordinator at 780-523-9800 or by email at [email protected]
What is a Watershed - LSWC & CFW Video
Why Should You Care about our Watersheds - CFW Video