Caring For Our Watersheds Program

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Calling students and schools to participate in the CARING FOR OUR WATERSHEDS PROGRAM!

The MRWCC wishes to encourage local students and schools to get involved in helping the environment and help them earn cash while earning matching dollars for your school with caring for our watersheds.


Caring for Our Watersheds gives students a chance to get creative, earn money, and see their ideas become reality. This international competition asks Grade 7-12 students to submit an essay proposal that answers the question, “What can you do to improve your watershed?” and provides over $11,000 in prizes for the best ideas in Southern Alberta. Students are given the opportunity to research their local watershed, identify an environmental concern and come up with a creative, realistic solution.

For educators, Caring for Our Watersheds provides the chance to earn funds for your classroom, interact with industry mentors and experts on environmental issues, and develop projects with real-world results. Resources are available to help you guide students through the process of identifying a watershed issue, developing a realistic solution, and crafting a winning proposal. Students can work individually or in groups of up to four, and curriculum connections for the Alberta Program of Study make it easy to incorporate the contest into your science or social studies class.

For more information on the program please visit: Click on Locations/Southern Alberta for details of this specific contest.

Contact us:

Mary Lupwayi at 403-647-3808 or

Barbara Kowalzik at 403-993-2258 or  

More information can also be accessed by clicking on the links below:

Read me first

Student workbook

4-H leaders' guide

Guide to proposal writing

How it works


School Field Trips

The Milk River Watershed Council Canada and Alberta Parks are partnering to offer experiential programs that support the learning outcomes of Alberta Education. The programs were piloted in fall 2014 as 1.5 hour guided walks through the badlands at Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park / Áísínai'pi National Historic Site.

2017 School Poster Contest

For more information please contact us at 403-647-3808

MRWCC High School Online Courses

The Milk River Watershed Council Canada (MRWCC) is pleased to offer its interactive online course "Introduction to the Milk River Watershed, Alberta." This 1-credit course is aligned with Alberta Education's Career and Technology Studies (CTS) program under the Natural Resources cluster. The MRWCC course is available for html, mobile, and LMS (Learning Management System) delivery.

Course navigation

Course introduction

Module 1 Water

Module 2 Soils and Land

Module 3 Forests, Wildlife, and Fish

Module 4 Past and Present