School Water Stewards Program

School Water Stewards

What is the School Water Stewards Program?

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. 

The program was piloted in School District 68 in the 2020/2021 school year, thanks to eager collaboration with teachers at Coal Tyee Elementary School and Nisaika Kum’tuks Elementary Centre. In the 2021/2022 school year, it is being delivered to 29 classes in 5 schools within SD68. 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 contact NALT at 

This year of the program was made possible thanks to the Nanaimo Foundation, Regional District of Nanaimo, and Job Creation Partnership program, funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.

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