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Changing Currents-L.E.A.D.S. Collaborative

Mississauga teachers, introduce your students to the beautiful Credit River through citizen science!

EcoSpark is excited to introduce a new pilot project with our friends at The Riverwood Conservancy! This collaborative program is a full day of hands-on, in-depth water quality monitoring where students will assess the health of the Credit River at Riverwood in Mississauga. Students will collect biological water quality data using a standard protocol (Changing Currents) and compare the chemical and physical aspects of water quality using two different scientific methods (Changing Currents and L.E.A.D.S.). This collaborative program will take place this fall, registration is now open!


What is Changing Currents?

EcoSpark'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 is L.E.A.D.S.?

L.E.A.D.S. (Leadership in Environmental Achievements through Diversity and Skills) programs take secondary students out of the classroom and into the varied habitats of
Riverwood, which includes the Credit River, forests, ponds, meadows and gardens. In Riverwood’s living laboratory, students gain a fuller understanding of curricula by learning how to conduct field research and building technical and leadership skills (Source: The Riverwood Conservancy). For this collaboration, students will take part in the L.E.A.D.S. Water Quality Monitoring program. For more information, contact L.E.A.D.S. staff at [email protected] or 905-279-5878.



I'm interested! What's involved?

  1. Register for the program below (This program is free for pilot project participants!).
  2. Confirm your program date.
  3. Attend a teacher training for Changing Currents with EcoSpark (Saturday, September 8, 2018).
  4. Spend the day outside with your students monitoring the Credit River at Riverwood!

This program can accommodate up to 30 students per day and is intended for grade 9-12 students.


About The Riverwood Conservancy

Located in central Mississauga and nestled along the banks of the historic Credit River, the 60-hectare (150-acre) Riverwood property is a special place where history, nature, beauty and peace blend together to create an enjoyable and lasting outdoor experience.

Riverwood’s natural features include:

  1. Woodlands, meadows and tablelands, ravines and slopes, wetlands, creeks and floodplain, and former agricultural lands
  2. The historic Credit River, where salmon and trout abound, flows through it
  3. Habitat to more than 475 species of animals and plants, including over 150 species of resident and migratory birds, White-tailed Deer, Red Fox, Red-backed Salamander and much, much more
  4. Plant communities including Great Lakes deciduous forest, pockets of Carolinian forest, old growth forest and oak savannah, a diverse population of fungi, and wildflowers
  5. The most ecologically diverse community in the Credit Valley watershed

(Source: The Riverwood Conservancy)





For more information about this collaborative program, please contact:

Changing Currents staff: [email protected] or 647-258-3280 x 2011

L.E.A.D.S. staff: [email protected] or 905-279-5878


This is a collaborative pilot project between EcoSpark and The Riverwood Conservancy.



EcoSpark gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Pendle Fund at the Community Foundation of Mississauga, a registered charitable public foundation serving the people of Mississauga.