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Welcome to the Red Deer River Watershed's KidZone
Why, Hello there! Be sure to drag your mouse around and click anything that highlights! There are lots of games, videos and links, a fun ways to learn more about watersheds!
On this page we welcome future Watershed Stewards to explore and discover all they can through this interactive site. RDRWA thanks and gives credit to all shared and third party content and does not have ownership over their content.
Water is on the move! Sometimes it’s falling on us from storm clouds, sometimes it’s all around us at the beach or in the bath tub, it’s even inside us! Because water is always on the move, we use the term watershed to show how everything within an area is connected to that water. In the picture below, we see people using water in towns, cities, farms, but we aren’t the only ones who need it! All plants and animals also need water to live! So a watershed is includes everything within it!
There are so many parts to our watershed, it is hard to know where to start! Click the picture to explore the watershed, or click here to play the watershed game!
Water is everywhere! How does it move around so much? How does it get way up in the clouds and back to the river again? It's all in the cycle!
The heat of the sun causes water to change from a fluid into a gas (steam). This gas is called evaporation. Evaporated water droplets gather together more and more making clouds (condensation). When the clouds are just so full of water they feel like they are going to burst, they precipitate, or rain, snow, sleet or hail! When rain water reaches the ground it may run off into rivers, creek, wetlands lakes. Because the rain water can, it will carry with it dirt or waste or whatever it picks up on its way. Some water even soaks down into the ground (infiltration), where it may be used by plants and trees or collecting as groundwater. Sooner or later it makes it back to the rivers and even all the way to the ocean! Then the cycle starts all over again! Still not too sure? Click the picture below to play the Water Cycle Game!
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Everyone needs and uses water! How much water do we each use? How can we each help to preserve water? Click here to find ways to test your Watersense!
Keeping the environment clean is everybody's job! If we throw litter on the ground, it hurts the plants and animals. Even worse, litter may wash into the river, streams and lakes with the run off. Do we want to drink dirty water or hurt the plants and animals in our environment? No way! Click the picture below to play Recycle Round up and see how every one, big or small can help reduce litter and pollution by recycling!
Having too much fun? There's more! Find out more things that can be recycled right here!
The Air that we breathe is part of our Watershed! Did you know that plants and trees make oxygen that we breathe? Plants do this amazing process called photosynthesis! They absorb the carbon dioxide that we breathe out and take up light from the sun and nutrients from the soil and release oxygen as a waste. Sounds confusing? Try clicking on the picture to learn more!
Did you know, as we build towns and cities, we cut down the trees and dig up all the plants? What does that do for our watershed's air quality? That's right, it reduces our clean air! How can we help more? We can plant trees & plants! Click here to meet the Treetures and learn all about becoming a treeplanter and so much more!
What other things contribute to our air quality? Air pollution!
That's yucky stuff! When we breathe we exhale carbon dioxide, but carbon dioxide in our air also comes from car pollution and industries. Air pollution affects every living thing. As carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increases so does the temperature. Phew, that's hot! Also, air pollution can get captured by falling rain producing acid rain. Ouch! That stuff can really burn! Click the picture below to play a game all about carbon emissions.
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What is global warming? It is the gradual temperature inceasing from carbon dioxide and other air pollutants! For more on global warming click here!
Habitats are areas where plants and animals have their homes. Homes in nature! There are many different kind of habitats in the Red Deer River Watershed!
First up, let's look at the water (aquatic) habitats!
What animals and plants are right at home in the rivers, creeks, ponds, and lakes? In Alberta's freshwater, we find some mammals, fish, amphibians, insects and birds, . There are also habitats that are connected to the river such as ripirian areas and wetlands.
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Don't forget to click on the picture above to play river watch! All about the ribbit? Click here for Frog Watch! Need more creepy crawlers? Click here for more Alberta Insects! Let's not forget our favourite dam builder, the beaver!
Forests are another habitat we find in the Red Deer River Watershed! The forest is where we can find most Canadian mammals. To find any Canadian animal, click here or click on the picture to play in the forest!
Some animals have lost their homes due to cities and towns growing, or industries expanding into their habitat. So Alberta has protected certain animals that are endagangered or a species-at-risk!
Farms are home to many animals. A farm is also a habitat, just one made by man. Farms are nature too!
What's your favourite farm animal: cows, horses, chickens, turkeys, dogs, cats, sheep, roosters, goats and pigs?
Visit these farms for kids: Tim Horten Children's Ranch, Butterfield Acres, Sunnybrook Farm, The Jungle Farm, Circle Square Ranch, and the Kraay Family Farm!
Grasslands also known as the prairies, is another habitat found in our watershed! This habitat has very few trees, and very hardy plants that can survive with a lower water supply. Often the animals found in the grasslands are burrowing animals. Underground homes are nice and cool and a great way to hide food from other predators. Some animals commonly found in the grasslands are rattlesnakes, coyotes, bats, owls, bison, and prarie dogs.Click on the game below to build your own prairie!
Plants are dependent on many insects and butterflys for pollination! Click here to get wild about pollinators!
How can we get out there and make a difference in our Watershed?
Check out these amazing organizations and take your place and start helping Earth!
Let's Learn through Parks & Attractions!
Learn more at these parks and attractions here in our Red Deer River Watershed!