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Changing Currents

Connect your students to their local watershed through a hands-on water quality investigation

WHAT is Changing Currents?

EcoSpark's Changing Currents program introduces grade 8-12 students from across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) to their local watersheds and teaches them about watershed science. Students get outside, put on hip waders, explore a river or stream, and learn about its importance and quality.

By participating in the program students will:

  1. use benthic macro-invertebrate bio-monitoring as well as chemical and physical monitoring to examine the health of their local river or stream,

  2. contribute to a GTA-wide study of watersheds, and

  3. have the chance to take action in their community concerning what they discover

Changing Currents is a half-day workshop for regular classes or a full-day certification study for SHSM classes (please see our SHSM page for more details).

WHERE is Changing Currents?

Changing Currents studies take place wherever YOU are! Classes are welcome to choose a study site wherever they like! Some schools prefer to travel to a beloved waterway, but we also encourage classes to investigate their local water in the streams, rivers, and creeks that are walking distance from the school. Consult our MAPS or contact our knowledgeable staff to help pick a study site near you!

WHEN is Changing Currents?

The studies take place during spring (mid-April to mid-June) and fall (September through October). A session for one class (max. 30 students) will last 3 hours, and can be booked in the morning, or afternoon. It is possible for multiple classes to complete the session in one day. If you would like to register a large number of students, please contact our staff directly to discuss what accommodations can be made.  

HOW does Changing Currents work?

EcoSpark provides FREE teacher training for every teacher participating in the program.  Training day is a fun event where you meet other teachers, learn new monitoring skills, get into the water and try the equipment. To participate in Changing Currents, we ask that AT LEAST one trained teacher be outside and on-site for every class in the field.  If you have questions about training or registration, please contact our staff directly.

TEACHERS for more information CLICK HERE!

STUDENTS for more information CLICK HERE!