Education Program Providing unique on-board, experiential learning opportunities for schools

Education Program

Our Education Program provides a unique opportunity for hands-on learning through the Lake Ecology Field Program aboard our research vessel MV Namao. We also offer classroom visits for all grades and an annual Water Award at the Manitoba Schools Science Symposium. Explore our programming below.

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Lake Ecology Field Program

Application Deadlines: April 15th (spring) and September 15th (fall) provisional upon funding.

The Lake Winnipeg Research Consortium Inc. offers a unique Lake Ecology Field Program on board the M.V. Namao to students between grades 8 and 12, as well as university level.

Students set sail from Gimli, Manitoba on a half-day excursion in the south basin of Lake Winnipeg to sample and analyze various components of the lake ecosystem including water, phytoplankton, zooplankton and benthos. Two recent additions to the program are the analyses of E. coli (a bacterium) and microcystin-LR (a common algal toxin).

The program is filled with hands-on learning opportunities using a variety of sampling and analytical equipment, as well as microscopes and taxonomic keys. While on board, students are responsible for taking accurate field notes, including drawing specimens, and completing an on-board written assignment.

All trips are preceded by a presentation delivered either via a classroom visit or on-line, describing the changes in the lake ecosystem.

Who can apply?
Any teacher or special education group interested in Lake Winnipeg. At present, the Lake Ecology Field Program is well-suited, but not limited to, the following clusters within the Provincial curriculum.

  • Grade 6 Diversity of Living Things
  • Grade 7 Interactions within Ecosystems
  • Grade 8 Water Systems on Earth
  • Grade 10 Science, Dynamics of Ecosystems
  • Grade 11 Current Topics in the Sciences
  • Grade 12 Interdisciplinary Topics in Science

How often is the program offered?
The Lake Ecology Field Program is offered twice a year when funds are available – in the spring (after ice-out) and in the fall (following the fall science survey).

What is the cost?
There is no cost to participate in this program except for transport to Gimli, Manitoba, which is the responsibility of the participating school.

To apply
Teachers interested in participating in this Program should contact the LWRC’s Education Program using the Contact form. In the late winter (spring program) or early fall (fall program), those teachers will be sent an application form.

What are the selection criteria?
Priority will be given to classes that are engaged in a water stewardship outreach activity that extends beyond the classroom and into the school or community. For example, this may include student presentations to other classes or community groups, a video production, art projects, water sampling – the only limit is the imagination. Please review the application form for more specific details.

Classroom Visits 

The LWRC’s Education Program includes classroom visits for early years to university level students in support of curriculum outcomes and Special Projects. Contact us using the Contact form.

Water Award (Manitoba Schools Science Symposium)

The LWRC’s Water Award is offered at the Manitoba Schools Science Symposium and is open to Juniors (Grades 7 and 8), Intermediates (Grades 9 and 10) and Seniors (Grades 11 and 12). 

In addition to a cash prize, Water Award recipients are invited to join the LWRC’s science team for a half day on board our research ship M.V. Namao on Lake Winnipeg during the summer research survey.

Setting sail from Gimli Harbour, recipients have an opportunity to participate in some of the research and monitoring being conducted on this magnificent body of water.

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