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Take the Okanagan WaterWise ChallengeEducators are in a unique position to act as leaders and role models for social change.

But also, students are increasingly aware of the world around them — aware of environmental threats and injustices — and they want to make a difference. Educators can empower young people to take a lead role in improving their world.

Encourage your students to learn more about critical water issues in the Okanagan valley and support them in taking action in their school and at home.

There are many places where learning about water can be linked to the curriculum. Science classes are a natural fit, of course, but what about social studies, English, and math?

Water in Social Studies class

Managing water resources involves all levels of government, communication and cooperation with stakeholders, and complicated decision making. This country was settled around available water sources, so what better forum to discuss the significance of water to our communities and culture, both past and present?

Water in Math class

Water managers and water users alike will need to pull out their calculators to figure out water consumption and costs. People living in nearly all Okanagan communities now have water meters in their homes and businesses. Want to know how much money could be saved by being WaterWise? Have your students do the math!

Water in English class

The ability to communicate effectively is an essential life skill, and clean, plentiful water is an essential life need. Essays, poetry, story-telling through video, and song-writing are a few ways for your students to find their own voice on water issues in the Okanagan.

There are many ways to work water into the curriculum.

For more ideas, inspiration, and Monday-ready classroom resources, check out the links on the right side of this page.

Our Relationship with Water in the Okanagan Education Guide
This guide, which includes an “Introduction", an “Okanagan Watershed and Climate Module” and a “Building Outdoor Learning Spaces Module” was developed to meet the growing request from teachers for Okanagan-related water education resources.

The guide meets B.C. curriculum guidelines, incorporates a Syilx (Okanagan) perspective, and includes resources to explore outdoor education. Suitable for Kindergarten to Gr. 12.

Our relationship with water in the Okanagan education guides Introduction Climate Module Outdoor Learning


InfographicOkanagan Climate Infographic
This infographic looks at climate issues specific to our valley and their impact on the water that is available. It looks at flooding and drought, the challenges this creates for farmers, industry, residents and our ecosystem, and the solutions that can help protect the water we have, the quality and quantity.

Copies of the infographic are available by emailing us at okwaterwise@obwb.ca or calling us in Kelowna, B.C. at 250-469-6271.

InfographicChoose Your Watershed Poster
Similar to the “choose your own adventure” books, this source water protection poster invites people to choose the watershed they want.

Follow water – from the mountains, through creeks, and into valley-bottom lakes – through various scenarios, and see how certain actions in different parts of the Okanagan basin can harm or protect water quality.

Copies of the poster are available by calling us in Kelowna, B.C. at 250-469-6271, or emailing okwaterwise@obwb.ca.

Download the poster

The Okanagan Basin Waterscape Poster
Okanagan Waterscape PosterThe Okanagan Basin Waterscape Poster was created as a water education tool. This detailed and colourful poster illustrates topics of major importance to water resources in the Okanagan, including groundwater, domestic water use, and the effects of climate change and population growth. Copies of the poster are available by calling us in Kelowna, B.C. at 250-469-6271.

Download the poster (75MB PDF - note this is a LARGE file!)

"Unraveling the Myth of Abundance," is an accompanying teacher's guide to the Okanagan Basin Waterscape poster and includes 27 activities and several blackline master worksheets. The guide was developed for Grades 4-8, and 11-12.

Find the teacher's guide here.


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