School Water Stewards


School Water Stewards

The SWS program was created by The Nanaimo & Area Land Trust Society (NALT) to help foster a culture of stewardship in students by providing them with opportunities to learn about and interact with local freshwater resources and their associated ecosystems.

What is the School Water Stewards Program?

The program was piloted in SD68 in the 2020/2021 school year, thanks to eager collaboration with teachers at syuẁén’ct Elementary School (formerly Coal Tyee Elementary School) and Nisaika Kum’tuks Elementary Centre. Since then we have expanded into SD69 and are delivering lessons to 39 classes in 13 schools. We are excited to improve and expand the program in subsequent years.

The program offers Core Lessons and Stewardship Capstone Projects. Core Lessons are curriculum-linked lessons that provide a basis for understanding freshwater stewardship, nature and our place within it. Stewardship Capstone Projects provide students opportunities to take their stewardship education one step further and complete a stewardship action (e.g., invasive plant species removal, amphibian monitoring).

Who is it for?

SWS is available to Elementary Schools and Teachers within School District 68 & 69. If you are interested in having your class participate or have any questions, please email NALT’s School Water Stewards Coordinator.

Already Registered?

If you have already registered your class with the Stewardship Coordinator and received your password, go ahead and start booking your lessons for the School Water Stewards program.

The 2022/2023 year of the School Water Stewards program was made possible thanks to the Regional District of Nanaimo – Drinking Water and Watershed Protection Program

School Water Stewards

Learning, working & protecting together