Kananaskis Country

Alberta Parks

Aquatic Ecosystems: The Elbow River

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This study of the Elbow River has multidisciplinary post-activity support. The field study focuses on testing and studying the abiotic and biotic factors of the aquatic ecosystem. Students are challenged to predict and then discover what the factors are indicating. Students get to monitor the Elbow River from the pristine waters of Elbow Falls in Kananaskis Country all the way to Calgary. Traveling by bus, students stop at key locations. They test the water for dissolved oxygen, nitrates, phosphates, pH, turbidity, temperature and aquatic invertebrates. Students also have an opportunity to observe and discuss complex land uses.

This program is conducted in partnership with the Elbow River Watershed Partnership. Teachers are required to attend a brief teacher program orientation. 

We also offer an in-class pre-program called "Elbow River Field Study Survival guide - Go Places, Get Smart, Stay Dry".  This one-hour interactive presentation is designed to complement the field study and will be scheduled in coordination with it. 

    • Ecosystems & Population Change
Type:Field Study / Classroom Combo
Location:Various locations in the Elbow Valley
Max. Group Size:35
Fees:$300 for both field study and in-class presentation
Availability:Spring & Fall

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Updated: Apr 12, 2018