Annual Report 2016

The RiverWatch Institute of Alberta is a registered Canadian Charity and also a Part 9 Not-for-Profit Company under the Alberta Companies Act. After each Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, we publish our Annual Report for the preceding year. You are welcome to view the most recent Annual Report using the Download Button below.


Booking Spring Trips 2014

Looking back at 2013, RiverWatch had our most successful year ever! Almost 10,000 students spent a day with us—a 21% increase over last year—learning about rivers, water quality science and our delicate ecosystem.

In order to continue offering this high-quality program to Alberta students, the following changes will be introduced in the upcoming 2014 Spring Season:

             Base raft capacity will increase from 14 to 15 students

             The base raft fee for up to 15 students will be $570 plus GST

             The fee for additional 1-3 students per raft will be $38 plus GST each

The changes reflect a $3 increase per student—our first fee increase since 2007. These changes will ensure alignment with current class sizes and cover increased costs associated with program delivery.

To ensure affordability for students, RiverWatch continues our fundraising efforts and through the generous support of our donors, this year’s fees are the result of a 50% subsidy.

RiverWatch remains committed to providing an exceptional science experience for Alberta teachers and students. We look forward to booking time slots for Spring 2014 in the next few weeks.

Interpretation Canada Awards 2012

RiverWatch is celebrating our first recognition by Interpretation Canada!

Our awards submission "Edmonton Program" received an Honorable Mention in the 2012 Awards Competition in the category of "Personal Interpretation".

Two videos were submitted as part of application process and we'd like to thank and congratulate our two movie stars - Sarah Michaud and Warren Bowen.  Well done!

Sarah was video recorded as she asked students to close their eyes and heighten their senses while she slowly spun their raft in a 360 degree circle.  Participants heard birds, jackhammers, road noise and felt the warmth of the sun on their faces - and then had an "Ah Ha!" moment understanding why trees grow where they do along river banks.

Warren was video recoreded as he concluded a raft trip with an analogy - science is like a lens allowing us to see things more clearly.  Apparently, Warren's world is a bit fuzzy without his glasses!

RiverWatch is unique in its interpretation of science and river ecology - there aren't many interpretive programs conducted while floating in large 15-passenger rubber tour busses.  We're pleased that the unique education program we offer has been recognized in a national competition - way to go, everyone!


Calgary Programs Rebooked Fall 2013

Calgary Fire Department has closed the Cushing Boat Launch for repairs Friday through Monday, Sept 13-16th. RiverWatch programs for Friday have been rebooked and we’ll find a way to launch at Cushing Bridge on Monday without having to use the concrete ramp. The ramp repairs are necessary to maintain river rescue options but we had no advance notice. For those participants affected on Friday, we thank you for being flexible and agreeing to alternate dates.