The Battle River Watershed Alliance offers a series of education and outreach activities over the year, across the watershed. Below is a list of our ongoing events and activities you could be involved in, or invite us to host in your community.
Battle River Watershed Festival
Our watershed provides so much, let’s celebrate it! The BRWA hosts this annual fun-filled fest to recognize and appreciate our communities and the land and water which supports us. Kids are entertained by games and crafts, local guest speakers share their expertise, a free BBQ lunch is provided, and everyone loves the Saskatoon Pie baking contest! The festival is held in a different community across the watershed every year.
Rolling down the River Cycling Tour
There is a direct link between the health of our environment and the health of our bodies. The BRWA is interested in ensuring both. The Rolling down the River watershed wide cycling tour promotes healthy and active lifestyles in a watershed which supports all life. Come be part of a movement, and get moving!
Spirit of the Watershed
“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
Previous workshops have taken place at Miquelon Lake Provincial Park, Little Beaver Lake, Stoney Creek in Camrose and at Sunrise farm near Killam. The BRWA supplies a light lunch.Spirit of the Watershed is a plein-air art workshop which invites local artists to bring their art supplies outside. Participants have the opportunity for instruction and guidance from a local artist and instructor, and the space and time to be inspired by the beauty of nature. Incredible artwork capturing the spirit of the watershed is produced, and the artists enjoy a wonderful day, leaving with an increased connection to and appreciation for the landscape.
If you would like to set-up a Spirit of the Watershed workshop in your community, please contact Nathalie at the BRWA. 1-888-672-0276.
Initiated in 2010, PhotoVoice is a community engagement strategy that utilizes photography to explore the perspectives of a particular group of people. In the context of our work in the Battle River and Sounding Creek watersheds, we have been looking to give voice to the diversity of perspectives that exist across the watershed and explore people’s connections to this place.
Participants of the PhotoVoice project are asked to take photographs that represent their perspective on, or connection to, their community or surroundings. They are asked to consider aspects of their community or surroundings - whether positive or negative - that have an impact on them or shape their connection to place in some way. They are also asked to reflect, through writing, on these experiences and the message they would like their photographs to convey. Thus, the stories of the local watersheds are told through word and picture.
A primary goal of the PhotoVoice project is to encourage dialogue among the people of the Battle River and Sounding Creek watersheds. As such, small group discussions and photography exhibits provide a means by which PhotoVoice participants are able to share their photographs, thoughts, experiences and stories with others. PhotoVoice events have already taken place in Pigeon Lake, Camrose, Ferintosh and Special Areas and can be done in your community with your help.
Educational Workshops (teens and adults)
The BRWA offers workshops on a number of topics related to watershed management and the state of our watershed.
We also offer more specific presentations on the watershed management topics we research each year. We began our watershed management work in 2012. So far, we have presentations available on the topics of water quality (non-point source pollution) and drought adaptation and management.
Contact Sarah Skinner (firstname.lastname@example.org; 780.672.0276) to organize a presentation on any of these topics. Presentations can also be customized to meet your needs.
Experience you Watershed
The "Experience Your Watershed" (EYW) program consists of six educational modules on the environmental, social and economic health of our watershed. The overall goal of the program is to “Connect People to Place for Action”.
The educational modules can be used separately or as a set. The six modules are; water quality, water quantity, land use, wetlands/riparian areas, biodiversity, and ground water. Every module or set of modules will begin with a watershed overview and conclude with a commitment to action.
The EYW program uses experiential and place based learning. This learning method is more meaningful and engaging than giving a presentation indoors, removed from the physical elements we are discussing. Exploring their "place" also offers participants the opportunity to connect to their watershed on a deeper and more personal level. Our approach towards mobilization is systemic, beginning with technical research, connecting through experiential learning and planning, and ending with real, on-the-ground action.