Hands-on water science education

In Growing Roots, student scientists will gain important communication, critical thinking, problem-solving, and leadership skills needed to complete a conservation project within their community funded by Water First. Students will be engaged in STEM-based water science workshops, either virtually or in-person. Where possible, students will be mentored by our local Water First drinking water interns and alumni, and gain insight into the local water science career paths that exist for Indigenous youth.

Water First will provide each participating school a large bin containing tools and learning resources including watershed models, microscopes, and water science field equipment to complete a variety of indoor and on the land learning activities. All activities are inquiry-driven and custom linked to your school’s curriculum.

"The Growing Roots program provides a goal for students to work towards that make them feel more proud of themselves and what they have done for their community. This program is creating impactful experiences and stories for students to share.”

Student of Lake St. Martin First Nation
A large bin containing tools and learning resources including watershed models, microscopes, and water science field equipment is provided to every school.

Included in every program are opportunities to include relevant cultural practices and traditional languages.  As well, each program involves collaborative knowledge exchanges with local Ecological Knowledge Experts and/or Indigenous water supply/treatment employees.

Over the course of the program, Water First educators will visit with the school three times. Between each visit, school collaborators will work towards the planning and completion of their conservation action.

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We look forward to making new friendships and working together to provide your school with enriching learning experiences.