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A map of the Lake Winnipeg watershed

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 body of water. It could be a playground, your school parking lot, or a farmer's field. This video from Nutrien shows the size of our watershed and explains how and from where the water flows into Lake Winnipeg.

Quick Facts

  • The Lake Winnipeg watershed expands over four Canadian provinces and four American states
  • A whopping 7 million people live in Lake Winnipeg's watershed
  • The watershed spans almost 1,000,000 square...

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...

Please browse our additional educational resources, below.

For music educators

Music creates new opportunities for students to learn about our great lake. Rise and Shine, Lake Winnipeg, is an original song co-written by Rod Palson and Lorne Martin, residents of Riverton and Husavik, Manitoba, respectively. We are pleased to offer choral score of this song at no cost to music educators and choral directors.

Rise and Shine, Lake Winnipeg is available in four keys to accommodate a variety of applications and accompaniments. Each score also contains a simplified lead sheet featuring only lyrics...

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.


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 history of LWF - who we are and what we do
  • An overview of the Lake Winnipeg Health Plan, LWF's science-based action plan to restore and protect our great lake


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...

LWF’s education program assists educators to engage students on water stewardship issues and inspire youth action.

We offer in-class presentations and funding for water-related learning. In addition, we are happy to partner with individual teachers and/or schools in the collaborative development of more tailored educational opportunities – providing customized tools, resources and other supports that can be integrated into existing curriculum and delivered via multiple points of contact over the course of the school year.

To learn more, download our education program information sheet...

Please note, we are currently reviewing our grants program to ensure its impact aligns with our mission and goals. We will be relaunching this program later in 2020.

Past Grant Recipients

View the past grant recipients list.

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