Freshwater Field School

The freshwater field school is run in partnership with Alberta Parks. For more information and to book a session please visit the Alberta Parks website.

Quick facts 

  • The Field School program is operated/administered in partnership with the Elbow River Watershed Partnership and Kananaskis Country, Environmental Education Program
  • The Field School started in the Spring in 2005
  • Nearly 18,700 students have participated in the program since it's inception
  • Over 2,300 volunteers participated in the program between 2005 and 2018
  • 249 schools participated between 2005 and 2018
  • We have had both spring and fall programs since 2008
  • Freshwater Field Study FAQ document download pdf FAQ - Freshwater Field School Program (307 KB)

Our Freshwater Field School was the feature of our September 2015 newsletter. Read more about it in the news section.

 

Questions about the Freshwater Field School program? Ask Anne freshwaterfieldstudy@gmail.com

The Administrator of the program for bookings is Anne Naumann. Anne works part-time and will respond to email inquiries as soon as possible. Bookings for Spring programs are accepted starting January 2nd. Bookings for Fall programs are accepted starting June 1st.

For teachers:

Information About the Freshwater Field Study Program
Here is some information about the program that you may need when booking. We can book a maximum of 2 groups per field trip date. The Fresh Water Field Study program still costs only $300 per group and consists of 3 main components:

  1. an in-class presentation, about 1 hour in length (during the school day), one for each group or class that will be attending the field study. This involves the Alberta Parks presenter coming to your school to talk about the program and let the students and teachers know what to expect.
  2. a teacher workshop, about 30 minutes in length (offered at lunch or after school on the same date as the in-class), for the Alberta Parks presenter to provide additional information to the teachers who will be attending the field studies.
  3. the field study itself, an all-day field trip (i.e. 3 to 5 hours plus travel time to & from the school by bus to the field locations) to test the water for a variety of abiotic & biotic features, and also study the land use impacts on the aquatic ecosystem. The program is adapted for the grade level attending.

Information About Booking

If you would like to book a program for your school for the Spring of 2019, when you submit your request we will need the following information to begin the booking process:

  • name & address of your School
  • name & email address of the Lead Teacher (main contact for us)
  • how many groups / classes you want to send (generally a max of 35 students & adults per group)
  • Grade level of the group(s) you want to send (Gr 8, 9, Bio 20, AP Bio 20) -- the program is adapted for the grade level attending
  • the possible dates in April for your in-class presentations, including early dismissal days (1 per group, max 4 groups at 1 school per day) -- note, the Teacher Workshop will be set for the same day
  • the possible dates in May & June for your field study day(s) -- Note: if you have 1 class, or an odd number of classes you want to send, we may ask if you are able to send that single class in early May as the 1stclass of the season, to allow the AB Parks interns to deliver the program under the supervision of the AB Parks Environmental Education Coordinator, as the final step in their training

If you are interested in booking and haven't provided all the information above, please forward that information as soon as possible. We'll get back to you as soon as we can, thanks.

More information on the Freshwater Field Study Program
Student Resources Student Resources
Teacher Resources https://erwp.org/index.php/field-school/teacher-resources
Stewardship Activities https://erwp.org/index.php/field-school/stewardship-activities

 

Program Partners facilitating 2018 Field Study Educator training:

Alberta Parks, Kananaskis Region
Alberta Tomorrow
Bow River Basin Council
The City of Calgary
Colpitts Ranch
Elbow River Watershed Partnership
Glencoe Golf & Country Club
Glenbow Museum
Shell Canada Ltd.
Spray Lake Sawmills
Trout Unlimited
University of Calgary, Earth Sciences

We are grateful for the following 2018 sponsors and partners for the Freshwater Field Study Program

Thanks to these sponsors, the Freshwater Field Study Program is heavily subsidized:

Elbow River Watershed Patnership casino volunteers

The Elbow River Watershed Partnership

Alberta Environment and Parks, Kananaskis Country

The City of Calgary

Rocky View County 

Previous financial and in-kind supporters of the Freshwater Field Study

Friends of Kananaskis Country

Bow River Basin Council

Mountain Equipment Coop

Lafarge Canada Inc

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Land Stewardship Centre

Alberta Ecotrust