Freshwater Ecology Day at FortWhyte Alive

September 29 was a beautiful sunny fall day, with colourful leaves and sun reflecting off the water. It was a perfect day for learning outdoors on the theme of freshwater. FortWhyte welcomed a total of 68 students and 10 teachers from nine schools across Manitoba for their first annual Freshwater Ecology Day.

Throughout the day, students participated in six learning stations covering different topics related to water, including how to sample lake water with a Van Dorn sampler and various probes, where and how to collect aquatic invertebrates, what tests to do to collect information about water chemistry, and the factors at play in our local watersheds. Participants also learned about Indigenous perspectives on protecting water in relation to the Seventh Generation teaching. Read more and view pictures from the day.