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Watershed School Tours Grades 4 and 5
Through this program, students will learn concepts that can impact their lives, and the lives of others, today and for years to come. Youth in our region will discover where their water comes from, understand the value of this resource, recognize their connection to it, develop a sense of pride and confidence in protected watersheds, and become champions for sustainability in our region.
It's Curriculum Connected
This program has been uniquely designed for students in Grades 4 and 5. Age-appropriate, relevant and curriculum connected activities help to weave the story of water and local landscapes in a fun and memorable way. Concepts covered include the water cycle, watersheds, weather, B.C.’s natural resources, the interconnectedness of living and non-living things, sustainability and the importance of personal and social responsibility for the environment.
This program supports core competencies in critical thinking, personal awareness, and social responsibility while highlighting the following areas of learning:
- All living things and their environment are interdependent (Science)
- Matter has mass, takes up space, and can change phase (Science)
- Energy can be transformed (Science)
- The pursuit of valuable natural resources has played a key role in changing the land, people, and communities of Canada. (Social Studies)
- Natural resources continue to shape the economy and identity of different regions of Canada (Social Studies)
- Earth materials change as they move through the rock cycle and can be used as natural resources (Science)
- Knowing what we enjoy doing and knowing about our opportunities to participate in those activities helps us develop a healthy lifestyle (Physical and Health Education)
1. Exploring our Watershed In-person
Discover the treasures of the Seymour or Coquitlam Watershed. These are places where wildlife abounds, ancient trees tower above, and water moves through natural landscapes to our drinking water supply system. Hop on our bus, see the dam, and learn how water gets from the reservoir to your tap. Explore what makes watershed ecosystems important through fun, student-centred activities. Once you've experienced the magic, you'll be reminded of your special day every time you turn on the tap!
Programs are offered Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.
You’ll find small group learning. The magic of this outdoor 4-hour program is created for a maximum of 30 students.
We’ve removed the guesswork.
You’ll appreciate the hands-on pre and post-trip activities assembled for you in the Teacher Planning & Activity Guide and Discovery Kit. This will be mailed to your school 2-weeks prior to your field visit. It will make the preparation for your visit easy and exciting for students.
Teacher Planning & Activity Guide
How to use the Activity Guide in your classroom
What to expect on the day of your field trip
There are two locations available. Choose the location nearest you.
- Option 1: Coquitlam Watershed (2052 Pipeline Rd. Coquitlam)
- Option 2: Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve (4900 Lillooet Rd. North Vancouver)
We’ll come to pick you up.
You don't need to book a bus. We'll take care of the travel arrangements for you.
Program is $275 and it includes:
- bus transportation to and from your school
- bus transportation in the watershed for the full day
- a comprehensive resource (a teacher's guide and kit)
- delivery costs to send the kit and maps to your school
- a satellite map to keep for future reference in your classroom
Safety and Liability
A reputable and recognized bus company and professional driver provide transportation services. Two trained educators lead programs. Each is certified with Emergency First Aid and has passed a criminal background check. Educators are also trained to carry and use portable radios and First Aid kits. Other Metro Vancouver staff actively support programs for additional security and safety for everyone. On the day of the program, in the event of an emergency only, contact 604-987-5354 if you are visiting the LSCR, or 604-942-5090 if you are visiting the Coquitlam Watershed.
Parent/Guardian consent form
Book a tour of the watershed
2. Experience Metro Vancouver’s Watersheds… Virtually!
Discover the treasures of the Seymour and Coquitlam Watersheds through an engaging, curriculum connected, live virtual field trip where our facilitator “visits” with a series of activities and videos to bring the watersheds alive in your classroom (or to the students’ homes if doing remote learning). We will explore what makes watershed ecosystems important through fun, student-centered activities, and have students engage with the concepts of water use and sustainability. Once you’ve experienced the virtual tour, you’ll be reminded every time you turn on the tap! Pre and post activities and resources included.
Duration: 60 minutes start to finish
Book a virtual tour
Other Age Groups
This program is only open to students in Grades 4 & 5. Split classes will be accommodated where possible. For information on Secondary Programs (Grades 8 & 10) visit our Facility Tours page.