Resources for Students

Do you live in the capital region and want learn about environmental issues in your community and discover ways to take action to help protect the environment?

Explore the tabs below for resources and information about CRD programs and services including:  
  • drinking water
  • parks
  • garbage, recycling and composting
  • environmental protection (e.g. climate change, harbours and watersheds)

Colouring Posters and Puzzle Pages


Online Games

Watershed World
Meet Ollie the Otter, our local Watershed Warden who will take you on a learning adventure right in the middle of a watershed!
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Source Control 101
Put yourself in the shoes of our man Paul as he learns key lessons about the environmental impact of his lifestyle. The grand prize has already been awarded but you can still test your own source control IQ starting with this video.
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In the capital region, there are several bodies of water (e.g. lakes, rivers, streams) that make up our watersheds, which eventually all drain into the ocean. Find information on each watershed and harbour area including plant and wildlife information, geology and historical uses. Read more>> 

Climate Change

Addressing climate change means fundamentally re-thinking many of the big questions of civilization: where we live, how we move, what we eat, what really makes us happy. Read more>>

Drinking Water

Where does Greater Victoria's drinking water come from? Read more>>
How much water is in the Sooke Lake Reservoir this week? Read more>>
How is our drinking water protected? Read more>>
What is the quality of our drinking water? Read more>>

Recycling and Garbage

Where does our garbage go? Read more>>
What can be recycled and where? Read more>>
What are the rules and regulations behind managing our waste? Read more>>

Regional Parks

Which parks are regional? Read more>>
Find a park. Read more>>
Can I cycle in regional parks? Read more>>
Frequently Asked Questions Read more>>

Down the Drain

In our region, anything that goes down a drain inside a building (home, school or business) can end up in the ocean or in our groundwater. Whether the building drains are connected to the sanitary sewer or a septic system, what you put down the drain makes a difference.

Septic Systems
Sanitary Sewer Read more>>

Climate Action To- Go Kits

These kits are a fun and easy way to learn about what you can do at home to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Use with the Kill-A-Watt Meter to measure appliance electricity use, discover air leaks with the Thermal Leak Detector and more. Borrow a kit.

Clean Green Cookbook

Try these recipes for household cleaners that are easier on the environment, because in our region anything that goes down a drain can end up in the ocean or in our groundwater.

Growing Solutions

Understanding what goes into producing our meals can make us more aware of the relationship between food and climate change; helping us make better choices. Want to know what fruit and vegetables are in season in the region right now?
Download the Growing Solutions Fresh Food Calendar.

Watershed Warden Badge

Share your watershed protection story with Ollie the Otter to earn your CRD Watershed Warden badge. Write to Ollie and learn more >> 

Regional Parks Volunteering

Be involved in preservation and enjoyment of regional parks and trails. Our volunteers get out and give back.
Get involved with Regional Parks.

Community Clean-Up

Are you organizing a community clean up or restoration event? Your event may qualify for funding through the Community Clean-Up Program.
Apply for funding.

Ollie the Otter: CRD Watershed Warden

Kids, share your watershed protection story with Ollie the Otter to earn your CRD Watershed Warden badge. Write to Ollie and learn more >>

Parks Nature Videos

Recycling and Garbage

Watershed Stewardship

Down the Drain

Pollution Prevention for Automotive Shops

Pollution Prevention for Food Industry

Septic Systems


There are many shades of being green. See what local businesses, individuals and youth are doing to be green. Read more >>

Panorama Recreation Centre

  • Extreme Teen Lounge  - (Grades 6-10)
    Hang out with other teens, meet new friends and have a great night. It's your space and your time — enjoy!
  • Leadership and Training
    Panorama offers a variety of first aid and leadership courses including training to become a lifeguard, swimming instructor, camp leader or fitness instructor.


Other Environmental Resources

Contact Us


Environmental Education
Tel: 250.360.3287

Specific Questions

Parks and Nature
Tel: 250.478.3344

Hartland Landfill and Recycling Infoline
Tel: 250.360.3030

Drinking Water Protection and Conservation
Tel: 250.474.9696