Watershed moments in Metro VancouverWatershed moments in Metro Vancouver<div class="ExternalClassB9E79788F7A140C5830BA4A8572AD990"><p>​As part of its Watershed Tour program, Metro Vancouver welcomed the public last year to visit its three protected watersheds -- Capilano, Seymour and Coquitlam – where ancient trees tower in steep mountain valleys, wildlife abounds and water flows through natural landscapes to our drinking water supply system. </p><p>These watersheds are usually closed to protect our water supply from human disturbance except during these specific ‘watershed tours’. Last summer, 62 public watershed tours were offered in the Capilano and Coquitlam Watersheds. These free, three- to four-hour guided tours pass through scenic stops along our watershed roads, and highlight how our drinking water is distributed from source-to-tap. </p><p>Ten guided snowshoe tours on Mount Seymour were also held last winter within the bounds of the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve, educating the public on the importance of the snowpack to our late-summer drinking water supply, particularly during an early autumn dry spell. To learn more, visit our <a href="/events/watershed-tours/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank"><font color="#1b84c9">Watershed Tours</font></a> page. Metro Vancouver’s 2019 Winter Watershed Snowshoe Tours will run Saturdays from February 2-March 30.</p><p><em>Elementary and Secondary School Watershed Programs</em></p><p>The Coquitlam Watershed and Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve provide memorable educational settings for Metro Vancouver’s <em>Exploring our Watershed program</em>, open to students in grades four and five. Scientific concepts explain how our water moves through natural landscapes to the drinking water supply system as students participate in activities and forest walks. More than one hundred classes discovered our ancient old growth giants, historic architecture and wildlife last year and this year’s program is already completely booked.</p><p>The high school program offers a more technical educational day, taking students from source to treatment from the Seymour Falls Dam to the Seymour Capilano Filtration Plant (SCFP). This four-hour field trip allows students to discover the beauty of our protected watersheds and the science of water treatment.</p><p><em>Stewardship and Special Event Watershed Programming</em></p><p>Throughout the year, Metro Vancouver also celebrates Mother’s Day with a watershed tour and tea atop the Coquitlam Reservoir lookout, Father’s Day with fishing at Rice Lake, Earth Day with volunteers assisting in planting restoration in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve and World Rivers Day with a tour for children along the Seymour River. As the black bears start making their seasonal approaches we also set up a bear aware and wildlife educational booth in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve. </p><p>For more information, visit the grade four/five <a href="/events/school-programs/K-12-field-trips/watershed-field-trips/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank"><font color="#1b84c9">program webpage</font></a> and high school <a href="/events/school-programs/K-12-field-trips/facility-tours/seymour-capilano-water-treatment/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank"><font color="#1b84c9">program webpage</font></a>.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue49-watershed.jpg2019-01-31T08:00:00ZGP0|#6fcc8566-898c-4e9b-8ad0-9296abc3c2f1;L0|#06fcc8566-898c-4e9b-8ad0-9296abc3c2f1|Issue 49;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass8770D632F55E4BB88561D6F365902555"><p>​As part of its Watershed Tour program, Metro Vancouver welcomed the public last year to visit its three protected watersheds -- Capilano, Seymour and Coquitlam – where ancient trees tower in steep mountain valleys, wildlife abounds and water flows through natural landscapes to our drinking water supply system. </p></div>0