Youth Programs

Friends of Freshwater Habitats


This series of programs focuses on how we affect and can help protect the watersheds we live in. Through age-appropriate activities and visiting our Fluvarium animals, youth discover how they can become water stewards in their own community. Groups will visit the river, pond or marsh outside when the weather is good (and the sun is up!).

All programs can be adapted for any season and can include outdoor and indoor components. Earn a special Friends of Freshwater Habitats badge for participating and committing to take actions to help our freshwater habitats. Contact one of our educators – – for additional details. Cost for the program is $6 for youth, supervisors are complimentary. Badges can be purchased for The Friends of Freshwater Habitats program for $1.25 for youth and $2 for supervisors.

Share and Be a Freshwater Friend

For Ages 5-6 Explore the plant and animal life in a watershed, how is the watershed a great home? Figure out what the difference is between freshwater, salt water and clean water. How are we connected to the water?

Lend a Hand to our Freshwater Community

For Ages 7- 8 Explore the watershed and what animals rely on it, think about how we interact with wetlands. Discover the ways in which we can help our communities co-exist happily with the freshwater environment. What are some things we can do to lend a hand?

Be Prepared To Help Freshwater Habitats

For Ages 9- 11 Explore how plants and animals depend on clean fresh water to survive. Build a imaginary community near a watershed and discover how we can live near water and still help protect it from pollution. How can we help make a difference?


Community Service Opportunities

There are always ways to help support The Suncor Energy Fluvarium and its projects! You or your youth group might be interested in assisting with a creative project, doing a grounds clean-up, volunteering for a public event or helping with basic office tasks. Perhaps you want ideas for an environmental service project to do in your community or a way to get younger kids involved in environmental service. Contact us to help discover ways you can be a Friend of Freshwater Habitats!

Guiding Badges Programs

This series has been written by Guiders and focuses on completing a Brownie or Guide badge in the Girl Guides of Canada program. Girls will cover the requirements for at least one badge and touch on other badge requirements.


Water, Water Everywhere

Explore the science of water, how we use water and how we can conserve water. Think about where our water comes from and why it is important for us and all of nature.

Program objectives completed include: Key to the Living World: Water All Around (A, B, D, E, F); Interest Badges: Water, Water Everywhere; Special Interest Badge (STEM). To cover all objectives this is an indoor program, however some adaptations can be made.


Water for Life

Explore the ecology of water, water systems and what lives in and around the water. How do different animals use freshwater through their lives? How can we help improve and protect the water in our communities? Great creative and help spread the world about using water responsibly.

Program objectives completed include: Beyond You: Learn about our environment (#2, 3, 4 & 6); Interest Badges: Water (#1, 2, 3, 4, 6 & 7). To cover all objectives this is an indoor program, however some adaptations can be made.


Up Close and Personal with Nature

Explore the freshwater ecosystem up close! Compare the life found in different areas and test the water to see how the marsh, stream and pond are different. Consider how we have affected our water systems and how we can protect them.

Program objectives completed include: Let’s take it Outside: Up Close and Personal with Nature. This program can only be done in the spring or fall since a major component is outdoors taking samples.


Community Service Opportunities are available.

Other Community Groups

Our educators would love to work with you on developing a program to suit your program requirements. Please contact for information.

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