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Changing Currents-Branch Out Collaborative

Connect your students to the Credit River through citizen science AND stewardship!

EcoSpark is continuting our partnership with our friends at Credit Valley Conservation! Teachers can register for TWO programs at once, allowing students to take part in hands-on water quality monitoring through our flagship program, Changing Currents and stewardship activities through CVC's Branch-Out! Students will enjoy a full day of outdoor programming in the Credit River Watershed.

This year the Changing Currents-branch Out Collaboration program will be done a smaller scale. How will this affect you? We will be offering a total of FIVE days in the Spring and FIVE days in the Fall for collaboration days. This means that there is limited space for the program as well as limited sites. Please Note that sites will be predetermined before the seaosn opens and will not be flexible.  

Registration for Spring 2020 Season will open January 13th, 2020! Spring season launches April 13th, and runs through June 12th. 

What's Changing Currents?

Kids in streams examining water qualityEcoSpark's award-winning Changing Currents program introduces grades 6 to 12 students from across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) to their local watersheds and teaches them about watershed science. Students get outside, put on chest waders, explore a river or stream and learn about the importance of water quality through citizen science. For more information, contact Changing Currents staff at changingcurrents@ecospark.ca or 647-258-3280 x 2011. 


What's Branch Out?

Credit Valley Conservation's Branch Out program enhances the science and geography curriculum and raises students’ awareness about local climate change issues. Students are inspired to discover nature in their community and participate in a community stewardship project in the Credit River Watershed. For this collaboration, stewardship will take place over a half-day and may include native plantings, invasive species removal and shoreline clean-ups. For more information, contact Branch Out Staff at carly.hoey@cvc.ca or 905-670-1615 x 435 or 1-800-668-5557. 


I'm interested! What's involved?

  1. Register and pay for the program ($10/student for Changing Currents; free for Branch Out)
  2. Confirm your program date
  3. Attend a teacher training for Changing Currents with EcoSpark (April 4th 2020), site TBA
  4. Schedule an in-class workshop with CVC (one-period)
  5. Spend the day outside with your students monitoring and stewarding the Credit River Watershed!

This program can only accommodate up to 60 students/day and is intended for grade 6-12 students.

Note: Limited spots will be avilable in 2020.


Where's the Credit River Watershed?

Situated within one of the most-densely populated regions of Canada, the Credit River Watershed contains some of the most diverse landscapes in southern Ontario. In this area, the Carolinian Forest zone meets the Deciduous Forest zone, both of which contain unique species not found in other zones.  The Niagara Escarpment and the Oak Ridges Moraine also run through the watershed, further increasing the number and diversity of plants, animals, and communities. The Credit River is almost 90 km long and meanders southeast from its headwaters in Orangeville, Erin and Mono, through nine municipalities, eventually draining into Lake Ontario at Port Credit, Mississauga. (Source: Credit Valley Conservation) 





For more information about this collaborative program, please contact:

Changing Currents staff: changingcurrents@ecospark.ca or 647-258-3280 x 2011

Branch Out staff: carly.ellah@cvc.ca or 905-670-1615 x 435 or 1-800-668-5557


 This collaboration is a partnership between EcoSpark and Credit Valley Conservation.   


This collaboration is generously supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Community Foundation of Mississauga.