Watershed Field Trips

NOTE: Thank you to everyone who participated in our Virtual Watershed Field Trips from November 2020 – June 2021. We will be continuing with online tours for the Fall 2021/Winter 2022. Regular facility tours are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.




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Experience Metro Vancouver’s Watersheds… Virtually!

Virtual Watershed Field Trip
Grades 4/5    
60 minutes start to finish
Registration is now open for Fall 2021/Winter 2022 programs.

In lieu of regular field trip programming, we are offering teachers and students the opportunity to participate in a Virtual Watershed Field Trip. 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). Our watersheds are unique places where wildlife abounds, ancient trees tower above, and water moves through natural landscapes to our drinking water supply system. As we can’t have you join us at the watersheds this year, we will bring the dam to you, and show how water gets from the reservoir to your tap. 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.

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  • Split classes will be accommodated where possible.

It's Curriculum Connected

  • This program has been uniquely designed for students in Grades 4 & 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:

Grade 4

  • 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)

Grade 5

  • 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)

We’re proud to share this program and place with you and your students!

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.