Water School

What is Water School?

The Hamilton Harbour watershed has many streams, rivers, and creeks that eventually make their way into the Bay. Often, water quality upstream can impact the health of our Harbour. Your school is likely near a waterway and we need your help to monitor it. This program allows students to gain hands-on experience with water testing equipment, data collection, and scientific problem solving.
This program runs between 2 - 4 days (about an hour a day). Each day includes a different element of water quality monitoring. The final day of the program allows students to sample nearby waterways if they are within walking distance. If there is no waterway nearby, we can bring in water samples for testing.

Students will:

  • Learn about what we are testing for, why we are testing, and how to use equipment
  • Map out the watershed
  • Calculate runoff produced by their school
  • Work through the scientific method
  • Use equipment to test local water quality