Youth using hands-on science education to improve the health of their land
Water First education programs engage Indigenous youth with hands-on water science workshops. We also get youth out on the land, completing environmental restoration projects of local significance and reinforcing the concepts taught in workshops.
In the classroom, using interactive watershed models, microscopes, water science lab equipment and inquiry-driven activities, students learn about hydrology and watershed ecology. Out on traditional lands, students plant seedlings and complete stream-side restoration action to improve the overall health of their community’s watershed.
During the infield activities, students are accompanied by Elders who share the cultural and historical significance of the land, and the importance of maintaining the health of the community’s watersheds and fish habitats. Supporting linkages between today’s youth and traditional land use practices of the past.
Taking our educational resources to the next level
In the next year, Water First will be meeting with community partners, educators and Elders to gather guidance and expand our program. Our focus is on maximizing First Nations youth involvement in the projects - from the planning stages all the way to implementing sustainable action. As well as developing more and different restoration opportunities that can better meet local environmental concerns.
Continually adapting our programs is a Water First strength. Our approach and the flexibility in our educational programming allows Water First to deliver meaningful hands-on water science education and restoration action that is of significance to youth and their communities.
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With your help we can make a difference:
- $5/month plants trees, reducing the harmful impact on local waterways of importance;
- $10/month supports Indigenous youth-led restoration of local environments.