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The Water We Drink, May 4, 2017

The Water We Drink will get your hands dirty and your feet wet! You’ll learn how to conduct biological, bacterial, chemical and physical tests, which you can use to investigate the health of a local stream with your students.

Why learn about water? Water is the source of all life; humans, animals, plants and insects all depend on a clean and plentiful water supply for survival. Toronto is divided into 11 different watersheds, each with its own characteristics and facing its own threats.

What will I learn? The Water We Drink will introduce you to your watershed (and its hidden tributaries) and equip you with the knowledge needed to explore an aquatic ecosystem near your school. You'll get your hands dirty and your feet wet investigating the factors that affect the health and distribution of living things in watery environments. You will leave this workshop ready to engage your students in a water quality monitoring project in your community, which you can revisit all semester and for years to come!

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This workshop will include:

  • Time spent sampling and identifying 26 benthic macroinvertebrates (bugs!)
  • Hands-on experience using monitoring equipment to test for E. coli and total coliforms and measure the turbidity, dissolved oxygen content and pH of a stream
  • Information about what to do with your water quality data so that your students can contribute to real scientific research
  • An overview of major issues in Canadian waters like wastewater pollution, groundwater contamination and shoreline litter
  • Lots of take-away resources and equipment, plus up to two hours of personal, follow-up support, to help you bring what you have learned to life at your school

Curious to know how The Water We Drink activities and resources connect to the Ontario school curriculum. Visit The Water We Drink workshop page.


4709 Dundas St W

Toronto, M9A 1A8

Categories: Science


Starts: 2017-05-04 09:00:00
Ends: 2017-05-04 16:00:00

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