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Adventure - RiverWatch


The multiple award-winning RiverWatch Institute of Alberta has been a non-profit registered charity delivering some of Canada's best watershed education programs since 1995 - the namesake RiverWatch School Program; CreekWatch Citizen Science; Summer River Ambassador Outreach; and Youth Climate Leadership Challenge.  With a focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), participants explore their local river ecosystem and have the opportunity to join a raft float trip. Rafting adventures take everyone into the real-world to experience an interesting mix of ecology, wildlife, history, geology, engineering, technology, industry, water quality monitoring and data collection. Our programs showcase rivers like nothing participants have ever seen before and create an experience they’ll never forget! Over the years, nearly 150,000 participants have adventured out with us on six of Alberta’s major waterways. And now, hopefully, you as well!  



RiverWatch provides one-of-a-kind and meaningful opportunities to work outdoors in a team environment.

Experience RiverWatch

Teachers book their students into the RiverWatch Program believing in the importance of hands-on learning in the real world.

Support RiverWatch

Your donation creates one-of-a-kind learning opportunities and student scientists who learn first-hand about the importance of our rivers.


We hope you’ll join us for a Youth Climate Leadership Conference in Calgary or Edmonton!


You’re invited to join us for upcoming celebration events that connect you with science and history!


Stop by our park and pathway information booths this summer and join one of our EcoFloat trips.


All RiverWatch programs engage participants in authentic science. We provide the tools and instruction that help answer the question “How healthy is my creek or river? Through first-hand data collection and observation, participants generate their own conclusions!

River Map - RiverWatch

Our Purpose/Mission/Vision

"RiverWatch Institute of Alberta delivers science education, environmental awareness and adventures on and along Alberta’s rivers and creeks. Through the use of river float trips, stewardship activities, portable water quality labs and other opportunities, program participants learn the science and importance of Alberta waterways. By becoming more watershed knowledgeable, Albertans of all walks of life can better understand, enjoy and care for a sustainable environment!"



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