Last week, our Grade 9 Green Industries students ventured into at the back of our campus with their Outdoor Education teacher Ms. Wellnhofer and EcoSpark instructors to study the quality of the stream that forms part of the headwaters of the East Humber River and flows all the way down to Lake Ontario.
“The Grade 9s gathered data on the critters that live at the bottom of the stream, along with some chemical and physical indicators, to figure out whether the stream is healthy.” Ms. Wellnhofer explains in thisvideo.
It was the perfect afternoon for a stream study and students worked together to gather data from the river in an effort to determine the health of the stream, and at the same time, connect with the greenspace that our school is located on.
New to CDS this year, Ms. Wellnhofer’s goal is to “understand the ecosystem of this campus, and that involves an understanding the hydrology of the rivers and streams, where they were and where they are now, and how they’ve changed over time.” She feels it is also strategic for us to have this information as a baseline moving forward.
CDS is partnering with EcoSpark on this effort, and EcoSpark will take the data to use in their own research about the ecology of the region.Watch this short videoto learn more!
EcoSparkis an environmental charity connecting people to their local natural environment through education, monitoring and stewardship. Their mission is to empower communities to take an active role in protecting and sustaining their local environments. They do this by giving people tools for education, monitoring and influencing positive change.