Kananaskis Country

Alberta Parks

Freshwater Monitoring: A Case Study

A Kananaskis Conservation Pass is required to park your vehicle in Kananaskis and the Bow Valley.

Travelling by bus, students monitor the Elbow River from its pristine headwaters in Kananaskis Country to Calgary. Students test the water for a variety of abiotic factors and examine biotic features at key locations. Students also study the land-use impacts on this aquatic ecosystem.

This program is conducted in partnership with the Elbow River Watershed Partnership. Teachers are required to attend a brief virtual program orientation. To book this field study, please email the Program Administrator directly at: freshwaterfieldstudy@gmail.com

In addition to the field program, all registered classes are given a video link for a 30-minute pre-program video that is designed to compliment the field study and to optimize student engagement during their field study day.

For teacher resources, visit Elbow River Watershed Partnership.

Grade(s): 8 - 9
Curriculum: Science
    • FreshWater & Saltwater Systems (Grade 8)
    • Environmental Chemistry (Grade 9)
    Field Study / Classroom Combo
Duration: Full-Day
Location: Various locations in the Elbow Valley
Max. Group Size: 35
Fees: $400 for both field study and in-class presentation
Availability: Spring & Fall
Updated: Feb 7, 2024