RBC–Evergreen Watershed Champions Award

Award Winners

Congratulations to all of the RBC–Evergreen Watershed Champions participants. These young water stewards are setting a fine example of how everybody plays a role in ensuring that the future includes safe, clean water that supports healthy communities and nature.

Read on for inspirational stories about how the RBC-Evergreen Watershed Champions participants have been making a splash in their watersheds:

2016 Award Winners

Grand-Prize Winner

Leamington District Secondary School

Leamington, Ontario

The students of Leamington District Secondary School’s Eco Team set out to educate their community about the importance of their local wetlands for maintaining water quality and biodiversity, and to engage in wetlands protection within their watershed. View the full profile (PDF, 149 KB)


Caledonia Regional

Hillsborough, New Brunswick

The grade 8 class at Caledonia Regional High School in Hillsborough, New Brunswick have been using satellite and drone technology to explore the Petitcodiac River for two years, in collaboration with Fundy National Park staff. View the full profile (PDF, 204 KB)

Dewdney Elementary School

Dewdney, British Columbia

The students at Dewdney Elementary School have a comprehensive and place-based approach to the surrounding waterways in their watershed district. View the full profile (PDF, 352 KB)

GL Roberts CVI

Oshawa, Ontario

Students at G L Roberts CVI participated in a fantastic opportunity to study watershed management, aquatic ecosystems, conservation and the dynamics of fishing when they enrolled in the Fishways: Environmental Leadership Program. View the full profile (PDF, 325 KB)

Patrick Fogarty CSS

Orillia, Ontario

The students in the Environmental Inquiry and Sustainability in Action course at Patrick Fogarty Catholic Secondary School participated in two significant watershed awareness initiatives. View the full profile (PDF, 194 KB)

Rockwood Public School

Pembroke, Ontario

Kindergarten students at Rockwood Public School visited their local vernal pool, “The Swamp”, on a daily basis to learn about water and wetlands, the biodiversity within them, and the importance of protecting and respecting this natural space. View the full profile (PDF, 255 KB)

Shannon Lake Elementary

West Kelowna, British Columbia

Grade 2 students at Shannon Lake Elementary School are raising Kokanee Salmon fry to be released into Mission Creek and have learned about the lifecycle of salmon, including everything they need to thrive as a species. View the full profile (PDF, 230 KB)

Simons Valley

Calgary, Alberta

The grade 5 class at Simons Valley School in Calgary, Alberta visited Weaselhead Natural Area, then filmed commercials to encourage parents and school council to preserve the local wetlands. View the full profile (PDF, 241 KB)

St. Thomas Aquinas High School

Kenora, Ontario

The Environmental Science class at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Kenora, Ontario has been studying the movement of water within their local environment and testing the water quality in various areas throughout the Rabbit Lake watershed. View the full profile (PDF, 167 KB)

Honourable Mentions

Des Méandres

St-Léon-de-Standon, Québec

Students learned about the importance of trees to the environment and to the health of local waterways. View the full profile in English (PDF, 177 KB) or Français (PDF 191 ko)

Father John Redmond CSS & RAC

Toronto, Ontario

Father John Redmond CSS and RAC has a dedicated and very active eco-club known as the Team of Redmond Eco-Enthusiasts (TREE). This club just keeps growing and building on their successes every year! View the full profile (PDF, 303 KB)

Greystone Centennial Middle School

Spruce Grove, Alberta

The Grade 9 students at Greystone Centennial Middle School conducted a detailed inquiry into the health of their local watershed. View the full profile (PDF, 321 KB)

Hazel McCallion Senior Public School

Mississauga, Ontario

Students created a documentary based on a water issue impacting the local community, choosing water conservation and the prevention of water pollution through composting as their focus. View the full profile (PDF, 136 KB)

St. Alphonsus

Peterborough, Ontario

The Grade 2 and 3 students took an active approach to exploring the impact of stormwater—engaging in interactive field experiences, working with local partners, and incorporating water awareness into their everyday lives. View the full profile (PDF, 514 KB)

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2015 Award Winners

Grand-Prize Winner

Douglasdale School

Bow River Watershed, Alberta

The kindergarten students at Douglasdale School learned about the local Bow River, its importance, and its connection to the community. View the full profile (PDF, 245 KB)


Agnes Macphail Public School

Highland Creek Watershed, Ontario

At the beginning of the year, the grade 8 students at Agnes MacPhail began a rich inquiry on water. The students visited a local river where they observed the salmon run and analyzed water quality. View the full profile (PDF, 245 KB)

Agincourt Rd. Public School

Pinecrest Creek Watershed, Ontario

The Pinecrest Creek watershed is one of the most urbanized watersheds in the City of Ottawa. The students at Agincourt Road Public School took hands-on action to increase permeability, slow down rain water, and reduce stormwater runoff by planting a rain garden and on their school grounds. View the full profile (PDF, 164 KB)

Centennial High School

Fish Creek Watershed, Alberta

The students at Centennial High School are dedicated to taking care of the environmental resources in the community. Through ongoing local stewardship of the local Fish Creek Provincial Park, the students have been involved in hands-on action to care for this important wildlife corridor. View the full profile (PDF, 314 KB)

Decker Colony School

Central Assiniboine Watershed, Manitoba

The students from Decker Colony School explored the history of Assiniboine River and the impact of industry on the waterways. They created a mural, displayed at the local water treatment plant, that shares with the community the importance of clean water and how we can protect it. View the full profile (PDF, 165 KB)

École de La Ruche de Lanaudière, École secondaire St-Charles, et Le CFER de Bellechasse

Rivière du Sud watershed, Quebec

These three schools collaborated and partnered with a local watershed organization (L’Organisme de bassin versant de la Côte-du-Sud) to care for the local watershed. View the full profile (PDF, 169 KB)

Elsie Roy Elementary

False Creek Watershed, British Columbia

The grade 2 and 3 students at Elsie Roy Elementary School learned about the cultural, commercial and ecological significance of salmon. The students raised salmon fry in their classroom to help restore local salmon populations. View the full profile (PDF, 168 KB)

Sisler High School

Lake Winnipeg Watershed, Manitoba

Recent algal blooms in Lake Winnipeg have received a lot of media attention, but the dynamics of the lake are not well understood by the public. Students at Sisler High School set out to increase public awareness about the lake and current research. View the full profile (PDF, 152 KB)

Sussex Corner Elementary School

Kennebecasis Watershed, New Brunswick

The grade 4 students at Sussex Corner Elementary worked with the Kennebecasis Watershed Restoration Committee to continue to steward the local watershed by providing habitat to wildlife in the watershed. In the process, the children gained a new appreciation for the river systems in their community. View the full profile (PDF, 323 KB)

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Honourable Mentions

École Secondaire Highwood High School

Little Bow Watershed, Alberta

The students at École Secondaire Highwood High School learned about controlling the effects of run-off from residential structures. They built garden sheds and are in the process of adding green roofs as a demonstration to showcase how design and green building techniques can help to reduce our impact on the environment. View the full profile (PDF, 185 KB)

Glendale Sciences & Technology School

Upper Red Deer Watershed, Alberta

The students at Glendale Science & Technology School understand that we are all connected to a watershed and that everyone has a part to play in caring for it. The grade 8 students embarked on a comprehensive exploration of the local watershed, investigating water quality from the headwaters upstream of the city to sites downstream of the city. View the full profile (PDF, 100 KB)

Strawberry Vale Elementary

Colquitz River Watershed, British Columbia

The students at Strawberry Vale Elementary did activities that focused on their role as citizens of the watershed and how they could have a positive impact on the local watershed and the Pacific Ocean. View the full profile (PDF, 130 KB)

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2014 Award Winners

National Winner:

  • École Père-Edgar-T-Leblanc and École Donat Robichaud: Dune Restoration

    Cap-Pelé Watershed, New Brunswick

Regional Winners:

Honourable Mentions:

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Student Activities Across Canada

In addition to the RBC–Evergreen Watershed Champions award winners, many more students have made a splash in their watersheds. Here is a summary of the actions taken by students and schools from Somerset, Nova Scotia to Victoria, British Columbia:

  • Using best practices in urban design to help slow down stormwater by creating rain gardens and green roof installations.
  • Ensuring drinkable water by monitoring water quality in streams, rivers and lakes
  • Restoring shoreline habitat by planting trees and shrubs and leading clean-ups along waterways.
  • Sharing an appreciation of local water resources and raising awareness through presentations, building watershed models, painting murals, labeling storm drains and other creative projects.
  • Ensuring fishable waters by creating spawning beds and participating in hatchery and fish stocking programs to support native fish populations.
  • Writing to political leaders to express concerns about local water issues.
  • Supporting wildlife in our watersheds by building duck, bird, bee, and bat boxes
  • Connecting with other students from nearby schools as well as those located across the border in the U.S. to share knowledge about the local watershed, reinforcing the message that we all play a role in protecting our watersheds.
  • Being global water citizens by learning about global water issues, sharing knowledge of and appreciation for water with students as far away as Shanghai China, and raising money to build wells to increase access to clean water.
  • Mapping the local watershed and learning about interactions within the local water ecosystem.
  • Exploring our impact on the water ecosystem including urban runoff, climate change, water use, habitat reduction, agriculture and industry.
  • Learning about the history of our waterways, indigenous perspectives, and understanding our dependence on our water ecosystem.

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