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Know Your Watershed Online 2020 - Students

Welcome to Know Your Watershed Online!

A team of local professional environmental educators offers this hands-on science program throughout the region. Normally Know Your Watershed is a two classes, plus a full-day field experience for nearly 1,200 students per year in over 20 communities across the Columbia Basin. This spring, we are bringing the Know Your Watershed Program to you in a new format.

Due to physical distancing restrictions limiting class attendance, Know Your Watershed educators have developed an accessible online alternative to help you cover some of your Science 9 curriculum at home.

Follow the links below to access nine Know Your Watershed Lessons, each of which includes a short video with one of our educators, and a short, home-based lesson that you can do on your own to further explore some of the topics in the program that link to Grade 9 Science.

Your teacher may have assigned you single or multiple topics, and you can tackle them at your own pace, and all the lessons can be done with materials easily found in most homes.

Remember, each community is unique, each watershed is unique, and every single learner is unique as well, so some of the given examples might differ slightly from the reality you see in your own watershed, but these videos and lessons will help you begin to Know Your Watershed.

Know Your Watershed is a program of the Columbia Basin Trust and is administered and delivered by Wildsight.

For any technical challenges or questions regarding any of these programs, please contact:

Dave Quinn, Know Your Watershed Coordinator

Lesson 1 – Discovering Watersheds

Lesson 2 – Biogeochemical Nutrient Cycling

Lesson 3 – Climate Change and Our Watersheds

Lesson 4 – Physical Properties of a River

Lesson 5 – Chemical Properties of a River

Lesson 6 – Biological Properties of a River

Lesson 7 – Water Treatment

Lesson 8 – Wastewater Treatment

Lesson 9 – Student Action Projects


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