New Educational Resources Encourage Students to Take Action on Watershed Stewardship

Feb 23, 2015

Victoria, BC– Educators and elementary school-aged children across the capital region are taking advantage of free online educational resources that focus on discovering and caring for our local watersheds, creeks and nearshore marine environment. Funded by an RBC Blue Water Project grant, the Capital Regional District (CRD) has created watershed stewardship educational resources to support learning and encourage action to help protect, clean and enhance our local watersheds.

“Supporting teachers with resources that inspire students to engage and foster strong environmental values in their community is what we want to accomplish with these CRD programs”, said CRD Environmental Services Committee Chair Judy Brownoff.

Taking a fun, action-orientated approach, Ollie the Otter, the CRD’s Watershed Warden, encourages children to join his team by learning about watersheds and undertaking a stewardship activity. Children are invited to submit a drawing or a letter about what good work they have done to contribute towards a healthy watershed. Ollie, in turn, will mail a CRD Watershed Warden iron-on badge back to the child with a letter of congratulations.

“Ollie the Otter badge program, videos and lesson plans, fit into various education platforms that are encouraging children to be active environmental stewards,” continued Brownoff. “The watershed resources can be accessed and enjoyed by families, elementary school classes, homeschools, community clubs such as Guides and Scouts, and faith-based groups.”

Educators from regional school districts can explore these and other water-related learning resources at educator training workshops and webinars. These sessions will focus on local drinking water, pollution prevention and global water and sanitation, providing participants with tools to empower students to be active water stewards. For further information and to access resources, visit: www.crd.bc.ca/teacher 

The CRD is a local government that delivers 200+ regional, sub-regional and local services for residents of the region which includes 13 municipalities and three electoral areas within 2370 square kilometres on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24 member Board of Directors, the CRD is working to serve the public, and build a vibrant, livable and sustainable region.

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For media inquiries, please contact:

Monique Booth
CRD Parks & Environmental Services
Tel: 250.360.3287
Cell: 250.818.1489