About the RiverWatch Program
What’s the best way to study a river? We think it’s by taking science classes on a float trip aboard large inflated rafts fully-equipped as floating laboratories!
RiverWatch helps secondary science students (Science 8, Science 9, Science 20 and Biology 20) to explore a section of their local river during a 10 km raft float trip. Along the way, students make shoreline stops to conduct water chemistry and biology tests above and below a wastewater treatment plant.
RiverWatch is now the most widely-used and in-depth environmental science program available to Alberta secondary schools. Since 1995, the award-winning RiverWatch Science Program has worked with more than 100,000 Alberta junior and senior high school students to promote an understanding and interest in science and the environment.
▫ Only a very light pack is permitted for a lunch and drink.
▫ Litterless lunches in reusable containers are recommended as there are no garbage or compost containers along the river – we pack out what we pack in.
▫ Rubber boots are provided, so students must wear socks.
▫ Full-length pants are the best legwear to avoid being wet or chaffed by rubber boots.
▫ There is a chance that students may get wet and no one should bring personal items such as electronics, phones or watches.
▫ Wool socks are so much better than cotton during cool days.
▫ Shorts and t-shirts are not suitable on cool days nor during the entire month of October.
• Dissolved oxygen
• Insect populations
starting in 1995, the RiverWatch program has worked with more than 100,000 students and there has not been any safety incident involving emergency medical response. Both the participating school board and the RiverWatch Institute carry liability insurance.
Some of our river guides have gone on to employment as municipal water resource staff, urban planners, science teachers, environmental researchers, international aid consultants and heli-ski lodge wastewater managers. At the same time as they are out with their students, accompanying teachers are provided with an experience and resources that contribute to their ongoing professional development and classroom work.
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