The RBC–Evergreen Watershed Champions Award recognizes classes that demonstrate learning about their local watershed and who take action to care for it.
For the 2015–2016 school year, nine awards are available:
1 Grand Prize Award (Grades K–12) – $3,500
4 Elementary Awards (Grades K–6) – $2,500
4 Intermediate/Secondary Awards (Grades 7–12) – $2,500
Award money will be given to the school and must be applied against school environmental initiatives.
Award applications are due on Friday April 8. Review the How to Apply section below for more information and to access the award application.
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It is not necessary to complete the entire application at once. You can save your work as you go. You will find instructions to fill in and submit the application in the online application. You'll be notified by e-mail when your application has been received. Award recipients will be announced in June.
View the great work done by past award winners.
The award is open to publicly-funded Canadian schools from Kindergarten to Grade 12.
Multiple classes or schools may collaborate on lessons and water stewardship activities, and submit a combined application. If this application is identified as a winning entry, however, only one award will be given to the group.
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- Classes/schools must demonstrate learning about their local watershed, or about water in the context of their local watershed and action to care for or raise awareness of the local water ecosystem.
- Learning and activities described in the award application must focus on the academic year for the award (i.e. Activities for the 2015–2016 award must occur in the 2015–2016 academic year).
- We value collective efforts to care for watersheds. Classes that are participating in other watershed and/or water-based programs through their local outdoor education centre, conservation authority, community groups, non-profit organizations and/or government programs are also eligible to apply.
Applications will be evaluated on how effectively the unit/lessons do the following:
Foster an understanding of the watershed as a system, and of related water issues
For example: What is a watershed? Importance of watersheds, threats to watersheds, Canadian water issues.
Explore the local watershed and/or use the local watershed as a lens for learning
Students are aware of the link between themselves, their school and/or their community and their watershed; students understand water issues affecting the local watershed.
Include action to care for local watershed
Students are engaged in meaningful activities to protect and care for local water resources; students raise awareness about their local watershed, and/or students explore innovative solutions to watershed threats/challenges; students make connections to relevant local and/or national initiatives.
Demonstrate effective environmental education
Students are actively engaged in the learning process through hands-on, inquiry-based or other experiential learning opportunities, allowing them to reflect and think critically, and make connections to other subjects/topics where possible.
If you are looking for ideas, we have provided teaching tips, activities, helpful publication lists and will host webinars to support teaching and learning about watersheds. You can also view the projects done by our award winners for inspiration.
You will find these tools in the Teaching Tools section.