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Changing Currents-Living Rivers

Connect your students to your local watershed through citizen cience and stewardship! 

EcoSpark is excited to announce a new partnership with our friends at Toronto Region Conservation Authority! We are now offering a combined program where teachers can register for TWO programs at once, allowing students to take part in hands-on water quality monitoring (Changing Currents) and stewardship (Living Rivers) through a full day of outdoor programming in the Peel region. This collaboration will take place in the fall.

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

What's Changing Currents?

EcoSpark'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 Living Rivers?

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s Living Rivers program inspires students to help create a healthier aquatic system through stewardship and restoration. Students will learn about the importance of our water ways and the impacts of climate change through an interactive in-class experience. This is paired with a field trip visit to a local stream where students will connect to the natural world and take action by engaging in environmental stewardship.

I'm interested! What's involved?

  1. Register and pay for the program ($10/student for Changing Currents; free for Living Rivers)
  2. Confirm your program date
  3. Arrange bussing for your field trip
  4. Attend a teacher training for Changing Currents with EcoSpark (April 4th 2020) site TBA.
  5. Schedule an in class workshop with TRCA
  6. Spend the day outside with your students monitoring and stewarding your local watershed.

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

Who is Toronto Region Conservation Authority?

With more than 60 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is committed to protect, conserve and restore natural resources and develop resilient communities through education, the application of science, community engagement, service excellence and collaboration with our partners. TRCA manages nine watershed communities including Etobicoke Creek, Mimico Creek, and the Humber River. More than 3.5 million people live within TRCA-managed watersheds, and many others work in and visit destinations across our jurisdictions.



For more information about this collaborative program, please contact:

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

Living Rivers staff: peggy.cheng@trca.ca or 416-315-3222

 This collaboration is a partnership between EcoSpark and Toronto Region Conservation Authority.


             This collaboration is generously supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.