Editor’s Note: Meet Jordan, OWC’s shiny new volunteer, who will tell you all about how you can get a FREE curriculum-based watershed presentation for grades 7-12 as well as a chance to get $$ for your school - but hurry; this is a limited-time offer that ends soon! Read on for more details.
Who are you?
Hey there! My name is Jordan Row. I’m currently a student at Lethbridge College, and hopefully this time next year I’ll be continuing my education up at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. I was born and raised here in Southern Alberta, and I currently live out in the countryside.
What is your favourite place in the watershed?
My favourite place in the watershed has to be the Scenic Drive dog park.
Why do you love it?
Not only is there the obvious appeal of DOGS, but I think up on the hills you can get the absolute best views of the coulee. I can just hang out with my good boy and watch the river.
Why are you volunteering for OWC?
It’s my dream to one day be a teacher, so working with OWC and local schools is great practice. Also, I’m a little bit of a nut for green thinking. I love the idea of inspiring helpful habits in those younger than me.
What is the Caring For Our Watersheds program?
This is an education program sponsored by Nutrien® (formerly Agrium®), and supported by OWC, that encourages students to get involved in their local watershed. Step one is getting a free curriculum-based presentation from yours truly, all about the Oldman watershed and project details, and then you get to send your students on a journey of creativity and problem solving. Their task is to find an achievable answer to the question “What can you do to improve your watershed?” Once they come up with an idea, students submit a written proposal and enter into a contest. There is implementation money so students can make their ideas a reality, and the top ten get to present their ideas to a panel of judges!
Tell us more about opportunities for schools to earn some cash!
So, aside from the available funding for implementation, there is also prize money available for the students who rank in the top ten proposals, with an equal amount coming back to their school. Also, for every 10 proposals a school submits, they earn $100 of funding. Just for participating!
What is the deadline for proposals?
The deadline is March 22, so contact us as soon as possible to get you on your way. Call 403-382-8974 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
How can teachers arrange a free in-class presentation?
The best way to get in contact with me is to email me at email@example.com. I will get back to you lickety-split and we can work something out. You can also phone or email OWC’s Education Program Manager, Sofie, at 403-382-8974 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for your time and I hope to hear from you soon!