- Created: Saturday, 26 September 2015 16:15
Encouraging Future River Champions
Written by: C. Lacombe
Students become stewards while out in the wild and water aided by the Elbow River Watershed Partnership (ERWP) Field Study Program operated in affiliation with Alberta Environment & Parks, Kananaskis Region.
Environmental Education Coordinator at Parks, Vicki Perkins, implements the program that boasts taking over 11,000 students on a journey of discovery along the Elbow River in the last decade. Over 1,400 volunteers came along on over 438 program days.
“I can’t think of any other program we offer that is so obvious to kids about how their actions can collectively protect a resource that is essential for all life,” says Perkins.
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ERWP Chair, Diane Coleman adds, “The ERWP considers this our flagship program. We are very proud of the way it contributes to environmental education in our watershed.”
On a typical field day, 35–70 students from Calgary and outlying areas come into the Elbow Valley to study the watershed.
“We work with the idea that the river is an expression of the landscape,” explains Perkins