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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 for Fall 2019 Season is open! Fall season launches September 16th, and runs through November 1st. 

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 watersheds and teaches them about watershed science. Students get outside, put on chest waders, explore a river or stream and learn about the importance of water quality through citizen science. For more information, contact Changing Currents staff at [email protected] or 647-258-3280 x 2011. 


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, contact Branch Out Staff at [email protected] or 905-670-1615 x 435 or 1-800-668-5557. 


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 Changing Currents with EcoSpark (September 14th 2019), site TBA
  4. Schedule an in-class workshop with CVC (one-period)
  5. Spend the day outside with your students monitoring and stewarding the Credit River Watershed!

This program can only accommodate 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 2011

Branch Out staff: [email protected] or 905-670-1615 x 435 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 and the Community Foundation of Mississauga.