The RiverWatch Institute of Alberta delivers education programs that have received significant accolades over the years. Awards are testament to the amazing contributions of staff, directors, funders, partners and teachers, so we're very proud of being recognized with these major awards:


Emerald Award Recipient

CreekWatch Citizen Science and Stewardship
"The Emerald Awards are presented by the Alberta Emerald Foundation every June, coinciding with Canadian Environment Week. The 27th Annual Emerald Awards were presented on June 5, 2018 in Calgary. By showcasing the ingenuity, dedication and hard work of recipients and finalists, others will follow; the innovative will become the norm, resulting in a healthier and cleaner environment. The category of Shared Footprints Award recognizes and celebrates projects that go beyond normal land management practices to have a positive impact on the environment. Recipients of the Shared Footprints Award have demonstrated land and water stewardship, built shared knowledge, improved air quality or reduced land disturbances."

NSERC Award for Science Promotion

Presented by the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science
"The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Awards for Science Promotion honour individuals and groups that are inspirational in the way they promote science to the general public, and are an opportunity for Canada's science community to recognize, support and encourage outstanding science promoters. NSERC is Canada's federal funding agency for university-based research and student bursaries. In presenting the NSERC award to the RiverWatch Institute of Alberta, the Honorable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, said, “Your commitment to science education and to getting our young people excited about science is second to none. I congratulate you and wish this had existed when I was in school.”

Duncan and Craig LLP Laurel Award


Calgary Board of Education Lighthouse Award

Award-winning partnerships shine their light on education
"In May 1999, the Calgary Board of Education began a program to publicly acknowledge and express appreciation for the contributions of corporate partners. Each month during the school year, one partner is selected to receive a CBE Lighthouse Award, so named to honor businesses that have provided a “beacon of light” to enhance learning opportunities for CBE students. Trustees present the awards during public board meetings."

Calgary Mayor’s Award for Environmental Achievement


Peter F. Drucker Award for Canadian Nonprofit Innovation Honorable Mention


Alberta E-Business Award for Non-Profit Small Business


Alberta Emerald Award for Environmental Excellence Finalist


Alberta Emerald Award for Environmental Excellence Finalist


Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence

National Level Award
"Through your dedication and skill, you have opened doors for these young people to exciting studies and careers, and in turn are doing your country a great service. You are an inspiration to fellow educators and all those involved with Canadian youth. Please accept my warmest congratulations and best wishes for continued success."

The Right Honourable Jean Chretien
Prime Minister of Canada

Alberta Emerald Award for Environmental Excellence Finalist