Allan Brooks Nature Centre is working with the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) and its Okanagan WaterWise program to provide a hands-on learning experience for youth to connect with their waterways through the new Stream Science program.

Stream Science will teach high school students about their local streams and the greater watershed. The program aims to provide youth in the Okanagan Basin with the opportunity to learn about and interact with a local stream and experience real field work, while contributing to data collection and monitoring of local watershed conditions. The guiding questions of the program are: what is the health of my local river? What is the cause of its health? And what can we do in our community to improve the health of the local river? To answer these questions, participants use scientific protocols to collect benthic macroinvertebrates (i.e. water bugs), conduct water quality and quantity tests and then analyze their findings. Throughout the program ABNC staff and participants will discuss the importance of the tests and possible explanations for the results.

The OBWB has awarded Allan Brooks Nature Centre with an $8,000 Water Conservation and Quality Improvement Grant. Through this grant program the Water Board provides funds to local governments, irrigation districts, and non-profit organizations for projects that conserve and protect water, based on the recognition that we are all part of “One Valley, One Water.”

ABNC is excited to begin offering this program this month to local high schools.