Citizen Science Bootcamp: Understanding your Waterways



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Are you concerned about a local lake or river? Do you want to start tracking water health to see how it changes over time?

This workshop is for any Nova Scotian looking to monitor the health of their local waterway. It will walk you through the ins and outs of citizen science water monitoring programs, including how to design and maintain a program that is right for you and your waterway, getting your boots wet and using equipment in the field, and what to do with your data to inspire change.

The entire citizen science bootcamp includes the following:

  • A one-day interactive online bootcamp
  • A self-led online water monitoring certification course
  • An in-field instructional equipment session
  • The free use of Atlantic Water Network’s water monitoring equipment bank to continue water monitoring throughout the summer and for years to come

You will leave this program with a monitoring program outline tailored to your waterway and the skills needed to collect and use water data.

The online bootcamp will take place on June 5, 2021. Registration ends on May 20, 2021. Registration is open to individuals and small groups of up to 5.

You do not need any experience with water monitoring to take the course, but a passion for environmental health is encouraged!

Who should register for this bootcamp?

  • Citizen science and water monitoring beginners
  • Residents of Nova Scotia
  • Individuals committed to completing the full one-day online session

Please email with any questions regarding eligibility.

This event is hosted by Saint Mary’s University’s Atlantic Water Network and brought to you by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.


About Atlantic Water Network

Atlantic Water Network is Atlantic Canada’s hub for community-based water monitoring. AWN works with communities across Atlantic Canada to help them monitor waterways that are important to them: from coming up with a monitoring plan, to equipment training and loans, to using data to understand and communicate watershed health and protection.