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Changing Currents-Branch Out Collaborative

Connect your students to the Credit River through citizen science AND stewardship!

EcoSpark is excited to announce a new partnership with our friends at Credit Valley Conservation! For the very first time, we are offering a combined program where teachers can register for TWO programs at once, allowing students to take part in hands-on water quality monitoring (Changing Currents) and stewardship (Branch Out) through a full day of outdoor programming in the Credit River Watershed. This collaboration will take place in the spring and fall.

Registration is now open for Fall 2017!

What's Changing Currents?

Kids in streams examining water qualityEcoSpark's award-winning Changing Currents program introduces grades 6 to 12 students from across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) to their local watershedsand teaches them about watershed science. Students get outside, put on hip waders, explore a river or stream and learn about its importance and quality through citizen science. For this collaboration, water quality monitoring will take place over a half-day in the Credit River. For more information about Changing Currents, click here.


What's Branch Out?

Credit Valley Conservation's Branch Out program enhances the science and geography curriculum and raises students’ awareness about local climate change issues. Students are inspired to discover nature in their community and participate in a community stewardship project in the Credit River Watershed. For this collaboration, stewardship will take place over a half-day and may include native plantings, invasive species removal and shoreline clean-ups. For more information about Branch Out, click here


I'm interested! What's involved?

  1. Register and pay for the program ($10/student for Changing Currents; free for Branch Out)
  2. Confirm your program date
  3. Attend a teacher training for Changinging Currents with EcoSpark (Saturday, September 9)
  4. Schedule an in-class workshop with CVC (one-period)
  5. Spend the day outside with your stuents monitoring and stewarding the Credit River Watershed!

This program can only accomodate up to 60 students/day and is intended for grade 6-12 students.


Where's the Credit River Watershed?

Situated within one of the most-densely populated regions of Canada, the Credit River Watershed contains some of the most diverse landscapes in southern Ontario. In this area, the Carolinian Forest zone meets the Deciduous Forest zone, both of which contain unique species not found in other zones.  The Niagara Escarpment and the Oak Ridges Moraine also run through the watershed, further increasing the number and diversity of plants, animals, and communities. The Credit River is almost 90 km long and meanders southeast from its headwaters in Orangeville, Erin and Mono, through nine municipalities, eventually draining into Lake Ontario at Port Credit, Mississauga. (Source: Credit Valley Conservation)








For more information about this collaborative program, please contact:

Changing Currents staff: [email protected] or 647-258-3280 x 2003

Branch Out staff: [email protected] or 905-670-1615 x 394 or 1-800-668-5557


 This collaboration is a partnership between EcoSpark and Credit Valley Conservation.


This collaboration is generously supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.