Red Deer River Watershed Outreach Update - Out & About (Feb, 2015)

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OUT AND ABOUT:

January and the beginning of February, while traditionally quiet for Alliance outreach, have proven to be quite different this year. As our educational programs have become more familiar to teachers in the watershed and our visits over the winter months are increasing. We are now also having a chance to get out and connect with our older youth/young adult demographic through opportunities with secondary institutions.

In January we took the Caring for Our Watershed campaign to the Junior High students at Byemoor School. Students were introduced to the Red Deer River Watershed and through a presentation and experiential learning opportunities they gained the background knowledge to begin building the proposal for answering the question, "What can you do to improve your watershed?”  The RDRWA Outreach team will continue to mentor these students through the process of developing their proposals. They have until April 13, 2015 to submit their proposals and, once submitted, the Central Alberta Chapter will judge all the submissions from students between grade 7 and 12 participating across the area and they will choose 10 finalists. If any of the finalists are from the Red Deer River Watershed area we then support them through mentoring as they prepare their verbal presentations for the final competition held May 23, 2015 at the Reynolds Museum in Wetaskiwin. GOOD LUCK TO ALL STUDENTS FROM THE RDRWA!

“Eco-Awareness” put on by the student council at Red Deer College in January saw us out engaging students and staff of the College through our display and information sheets on the role of WPACs and the RDRWA. While attendance was limited in numbers, those stopping to check out the booths usually engaged in some good conversations and I had a chance to field a number of thought provoking questions. This demographic like all others can generally be divided into those that are aware of issues and the role of the river and watershed in their lives and those that have no connection. 

We made a trip to Olds College to address the students in the Watershed Management course. In this course, students must put together a project and develop a watershed management plan. One of the groups of students have decided to join us on the Piper Creek Restoration Agriculture Project and develop their plan around the non-conforming creek crossing. WE WELCOME MEGAN AND DANI TO THE PROJECT!

We began the new format for our Ambassador Breakfasts in January under the new monicker, “RDRWA On Tour”.  Our first event took place at Lacombe Composite High School where the 2014 winners of the Caring for Our Watershed program introduced us to the work that they are doing in the EcoVision club. The project called L.E.A.F.S  (Lacombe Ecovision Aquaponic Food System), allows the students to raise tilapia fish and then use the waste byproducts (fish poop) to grow herbs and vegetables. They have taken this project from a basic idea to a working system in their geodesic dome greenhouse on the school grounds. Hopefully by the spring they will have a functioning aquaponic system in full swing.  CONGRATULATIONS TO Michaela R., Ava F., Tizita H., and Sofia C.!

Finally, we had a chance to partner with The City Of Red Deer working with a class from Ecole Barrie Wilson. Ryzsyard Kozlowski and I took “Battling Watersheds” into the classroom. The students are working on a project-based learning module around the question, ”Is Red Deer's water safe to drink?”  Using two watershed models, one bad practices and the other best practices, the students, through experiential learning, had a chance to address some of the issues that may impact the answer to their posed question. We will be returning to the class in a few weeks to view the students projects displaying their knowledge learned. Stay tuned for next month's OUT AND ABOUT where we will update you on these projects.

February and March will be filled with RDRWA-hosted events along with opportunities to partner and participate in others; Ranching Opportunities, EcoLliving Fair + Workshops / World Water Day, and the RDRWA Spring Forum. Come out and take part in these community events!

Submitted by Joey Temple - Outreach Coordinator

 

 
Hello fellow Geocachers! As we move into a new year, we find that Lewis has finally jumped the United States border into Utah. He is now only one state away from his goal destination! The rest of us are still navigating through the snow and ice. Hopefully spring will find us closer to our goals!


Happy Hunting,

Leo

(blue highlight = Destination Reached)
Who
Current Location
Destination
Leo
North of Calgary, Alberta
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Lavender
Falher, Alberta
Dunvegan Bridge, Alberta
Lewis
Utah, US
Hoover Dam, Arizona
Lacy
Out of Race
Lake Taupo, New Zealand
Langston
On the move
Lake Titicaca, Peru
Leonard
Swift Current, SK
Three Gorges Dam, China
Larry
Calgary, AB
Nile River, Egypt
Lizzie
North of Winnipeg, MB
Hudson Bay - Churchill, Manitoba
Lancelot
On the move
River Thames, England

Our geocaches can be tracked on www.geocaching.com under:

• RDRWA’s “Release the Frogs” RDRWA Cache
• RDRWA’s “Release the Frogs” Wetland Cache
• RDRWA’s “Release the Frogs” Upland Cache
 

 
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