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Grade 10 Biology students from Minot, North Dakota, are the newest citizen scientists to join the Lake Winnipeg Community-Based Monitoring Network (LWCBMN).

As part of their honours class, a small group of students from Minot’s Central Campus have volunteered to collect samples from the Souris River, using equipment supplied by LWF and following LWCBMN protocols developed by LWF science advisors. Their teacher was trained by LWF staff over Zoom.

LWCBMN is a long-term monitoring program coordinated by LWF which mobilizes citizens to collect water samples across rural areas of Lake Winnipeg’s...

Our education program assists educators to engage students on water stewardship issues and inspire youth action. As part of this program, we offer free school presentations about Lake Winnipeg.

With classes now underway across Manitoba, the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted new protocols and routines designed to keep students and staff safe. LWF has adapted our activities, too. We have suspended in-person presentations until further notice. Instead, we are now offering online presentations!

Our presentations can be tailored to different age groups and contain subject matter which is relevant to...

A map of the Lake Winnipeg watershed

Many of us are spending a lot more time at home these days. Our Let's Learn series offers family-friendly educational activities and resources to help exercise your brain while keeping the kids entertained. Each post has a different theme related to Lake Winnipeg and offers different types of resources including colouring sheets, activity pages, videos, interactive online activites and experiments. Let's Learn about the Lake Winnipeg watershed!

These activities are best suited to the late elementary school to the early middle school levels. 

What is a watershed? It's an area that drains into a...

LWF’s education program assists teachers to engage students on water stewardship issues and inspire youth action. We offer in-class presentations and funding for water-related learning, plus opportunities to collaborate with individual educators and/or schools on more customized partnerships and initiatives.

We are excited to launch a new resource for music educators, in recognition that water can be explored beyond the science curriculum.

Rise and Shine, Lake Winnipeg, is an original song co-written by Rod Palson and Lorne Martin, residents of Riverton and Husavik, Manitoba, respectively...

Activities you can do at home

Our Let's Learn series offers family-friendly educational activities and resources to help exercise your brain while keeping the kids entertained. Each post has a different theme related to Lake Winnipeg and offers different types of resources and activities including colouring sheets, activity pages, videos, interactive online activites and experiments you can do at home. Let's Learn about Lake Winnipeg!

Let's Learn: Lake Winnipeg Watershed
Let's Learn: Water Pollution
Let's Learn: Road Salt
Let's Learn: Clouds
Let's Learn: Hiking

For music educators

Music...

With support from our science advisors, LWF is co-ordinating the Lake Winnipeg Community-Based Monitoring Network (LWCBMN), which engages citizen volunteers in the collection of water samples. These samples are then analyzed for phosphorus – the key nutrient causing potentially harmful algae blooms in Lake Winnipeg. This work falls under Action 4 of the Lake Winnipeg Health Plan, LWF’s flagship initiative to reduce phosphorus loading. 

Following a successful 2016 pilot season, the scope of this network has been increased to include an education program.

Participation in this program is ideal...

Canadian Geographic Education Lake Winnipeg Foundation

Map image courtesy of Canadian Geographic

Geography, according to American professor Dr. Charles Gritzner, can be defined by three simple questions: “What is where?”, “Why there?” and “Why care?”

Gritzner’s definition – which speaks to location, ecological features and socio-cultural contexts – underlies OPEN Water, a collaborative initiative led by Canadian Geographic Education, a program of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society.

The multi-year, multi-aspect project’s title is an acronym that stands for Observe, Participate, Experience and Network. Last year, organizers brought together...

The Lake Winnipeg Foundation envisions a clean, healthy Lake Winnipeg and watershed now and for future generations.  To achieve this vision, we support projects that improve water quality in Lake Winnipeg and its watershed. Our Stewardship, Research and Education Grants Program awards grants ranging from $500 to $10,000 , and covering up to 100% of eligible project costs, depending upon fund availability.


Update: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have suspended in-person presentations until further notice. Instead, we are now offering online presentations.

LWF is pleased to offer free educational presentations about Lake Winnipeg to schools and community groups.

These engaging presentations are accompanied by a PowerPoint slide show and can be tailored to different age groups. Each presentation includes:

  • Information about the lake's physical, social, economic, ecological and cultural significance
  • An introduction to the root causes of the current health challenges facing the lake
  • The...
The Manitoba Museum's Lake Winnipeg: Shared Solutions Exhibit

Photo credit: Hans Thater

As part of our mission to educate Manitobans on the challenges and opportunities facing this significant ecosystem, LWF is pleased to assist teachers in exploring curriculum-based water issues that pertain to Lake Winnipeg and its watershed by subsidizing the cost of student transportation and/or entrance fees to approved field trip venues.

Eligibility criteria:

LWF's education funding is available to Manitoba teachers. Field trips on Lake Winnipeg themes may include, for example, World Water Day activities (March 22), visits to Oak Hammock Marsh, Fort Whyte Alive or...

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