Stream Science Program

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.

The Stream Science program is a water quality monitoring program for local high school students. Get your students out of the classroom and to a local stream to gain a better understanding of the streams overall health.

The guiding questions of the program are:

• What is the health of my local river?

• What is the cause of its health?

• What can we do in our community to improve the health of the local river?

Students will gain a hands-on experience, while using 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.

This program runs for ~3 hours at a local stream. It is offered for grade 8- 12 students in September and October.

Cost: $10 per student (minimum 12 students or $120).*Teachers and teaching assistants are free. 1 parent for every 10 students is free.

Required: 1 chaperone per 10 students.