Water Docs at School Virtual Youth Forum

Welcome “Water Docs at School” Youth Forum Participants! This page is your home base for all the events, materials & links that are part of this Forum. 

Please reach out to samantha@LSF-LST.ca if you have any questions or feedback! 

Get Started!

  • Recording Available – Kickoff Event: Learn what the Youth Forum is all about and hear from our awesome keynote speaker, Julia Barnes. 
    Julia Barnes is a 12-time award-winning filmmaker. She is the director of the feature documentary Sea of Life. Her journey into filmmaking began when she was a high school student. When Julia learned about the human-caused environmental threats facing life on the planet, she felt a responsibility to act. She dove into the world of ocean conservation, activism, and filmmaking, where she has worked for over a decade to bring about positive change.
    > Watch the recording (Kickoff took place on Jan 24)

  • WDaS Lesson Plans & Activities (with curriculum connections for gr 7-8 in MB, ON & NB)

Student Workshops

Complete any 4 (or more!) of the following workshops with your students to receive your $500 Action Project grant!

Live Workshops:

Remember, all live workshops are recorded so you can catch up if you miss one!

Workshop Description: Join Ocean School and the River Institute for a workshop all about protecting local waterways! We will premiere a never-before-seen video showcasing research by the River Institute and explore what you can do to help make local waterways resilient to climate change. We’ll unleash your inner environmental champion through the use of a collaborative tool known as the Sustainability Compass!

> Watch this workshop recording (workshop took place on Jan 29)

Follow Up Materials:

  • Make your ocean promise! No matter where you live, your life depends on the ocean. The ocean shapes everything, from the air you breathe and the food you eat, to the weather and climate that you experience. It’s time to give back and show the ocean we care. Make your ocean promise today! 

  • The Take Action toolkit: Are you ready to take action? Ocean School’s Take Action toolkit can help you get started. The toolkit provides step-by-step guides for taking action, tips for taking action, and templates to help you get started! These additional resources and activities can help to make your students’ goals for change a reality. The kit is modelled on participatory action-planning models used around the world.

  • Learn more about The River Institute & Ocean School

Workshop Description: Have you ever wondered how deep your connection to water is? It is the one thing that connects us all to each other no matter where we are in the world. Join an expert from Ocean Wise to explore how deep this connection to water goes, what role human activities play regarding the health of our oceans and what we can do to protect an restore our oceans.

> Watch this workshop recording (workshop took place on Feb 1)

Check out these additional materials:

Learn more about Ocean Wise

Workshop Description: We will provide some context to the importance of water quality and quantity globally and locally to inspire local action projects to protect our water. In order to contribute positively and create effective water conservation campaigns, we need to understand the issues our world is facing, and what is our role. Information and resources to complete a water audit at school will be provided.


  • If possible, gather spare/used batteries, old electronics, and chemicals (cleaning supplies, sprays, etc.) that are in the classroom. 
  • Print copies of the Water Crisis worksheet (1 per student, or they can work in small groups)

> Watch this workshop recording (workshop took place on Feb 6)

Additional materials:

Learn more about Waterloo Wellington Children’s Groundwater Festival

Workshop Description: participants will be introduced to the Anishinaabe perspectives of water. It has the power to give life, and it must be respected and protected for its abilities. Water carries life and supports biodiversity. Participants will do a water table activity to see for themselves an example of the Hydrologic Cycle and the impact water has on place.


Beedahbin will be performing a live demo. If you would like to follow along and do the demo in your classroom, please prepare the following materials before the workshop: 

  • a painting tray (like this one, with legs to hold the angled end up)
  • ~4 cups of dirt/soil
  • debris (tree bark, leaves, stones)
  • a pitcher of water

> Watch this workshop recording (workshop took place on Feb 13)

Learn more about Indigenize and Beedahbin Peltier here

Workshop Description: In this session we will explore and discuss actions that students can take at their homes, schools, and communities to prepare for and mitigate flooding impacts. Participants will leave with a better understanding of the relationship between climate change and flooding in Canada, with access to flooding education resources and with clear pathways to support their communities in flood resiliency.

>Watch this workshop recording (workshop took place on Feb 15)

Additional materials:

Learn more about GreenLearning

Workshop Description: So you’ve participated in the workshops and learned about all kinds of water issues… Now what? Our Action Project Planning workshop will show you what an Action Project looks like and help you consider your interests and skills, your sphere of influence, and the root causes of the issue so you can take on the best Action Project ever!


  • Please print this worksheet (double-sided) – 1 copy per student
  • Internet-enabled devices for Kahoot (you can play along with your class here)

> Watch this workshop recording (workshop took place on Feb 21)

Next Steps:

Workshop Description: First time filmmakers looking for tips? Or seasoned movie makers looking to make the coolest water doc ever? Either way, experienced WaterDocs fiilmmaker Justin Arjune is here to help with everything from filming and sound to editing and cool effects!

Pre-Recorded Workshops:

Available anytime!

Workshop Description: In this session students will explore how we capture and use the wind to generate electrical energy, how wind energy is being used across the country, and how students can support the transition to renewable energies.


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Learn more about GreenLearning

Workshop Description: In this session, students will explore a circular economic model in relation to the problem of plastic waste in the environment. Through examination of the Plastic Problem and technological solutions to plastic waste, students will feel empowered to address this complex issue and close the loop on plastic.


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Learn more about GreenLearning

Workshop Description:

This interactive workshop will explore climate change impacts and solutions through the Climate Atlas of Canada, an engaging online tool for students, researchers, decision-makers, and communities. As an example, we will look at the health impacts of climate change and students will have the opportunity to participate in a “treasure hunt” to find the answers on the site themselves.


  • Writing utensil & paper
  • Internet-enabled device – 1 per student or shared

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Learn more about the Prairie Climate Centre and the Climate Atlas of Canada

Workshop Description:
Students will learn to code a short program in Scratch that will allow them to create a “Choose your own climate adventure” game. They will code questions and answers, animate, and interactions with the program that will help them better understand how the littlest changes in their actions can have an impact. The learning is accessible to all ages and skill levels. This workshop is broken down into two 30-minute recordings. 
Materials/Prep:  Access this workshop
Learn more about Brilliant Labs
Workshop Description:
This workshop explores food through the lens of technologies used across agriculture, harvest, transportation, access points (ex. grocery stores), and finally to your plate. This workshop also shares information about [1] spotting local produce in grocery stores and other commercial spaces; [2] natural fertilizers through compost, and mulches and their use in community gardens; and [3] hydroponics and how we can use this technology to grow foods without soil, when outdoor garden space is unavailable, and across seasons.
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Learn more about Let’s Talk Science

Workshop Description:

We’ll use CoSpaces to build our own 3D creations, animate them with code, and explore them in Virtual or Augmented Reality. Learners will practice testing and debugging, and create a virtual space that they can share with family and friends! Projects will also be learner-driven, giving learners the space to leverage VR as a tool for positive change, to tackle an issue that is important to them.

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Learn more about Canada Learning Code

Workshop Description:

This workshop provides an overview of the environmental and economic benefits of switching from a gas car to an electric car, including the trends in Canada and around the world. It also gives ideas for how students can get involved in sustainable transportation initiatives!

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Learn more about Plug’n Drive


Through stories of her experiences in the Western Arctic of Canada, Kathleen Matari explores two important knowledge sets, Indigenous knowledge and Western science knowledge, and how the gap between the two must be bridged in order to take action on climate change.

> Watch the lecture

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Teacher Professional Development Sessions

  • Jan 17 @ 4:30 PM (ET) Meet & Greet/Info Session More info about how the Youth Forum will work and how we can help! Answers questions like: What does the Youth Forum involve? How do I navigate the Hub? How do I get the $500 grant? and more!  
    > Watch the recording of the info session (15min)
    > View the slides

Action Project Grant

Completed all your workshops? Time to request your $500 Action Project grant!

Submit Your Film!

Film Notes

  • Films are due May 22, 2024
  • Films are to be max. 4 minutes long (not including end credits)
  • Any music, audio, images, clips, or other elements you don’t create yourselves must be royalty free! (see WDaS Filmmaking Basics Guide page 20 for suggested sources)
  • You must include logos from LSF (dark versionwhite version) and Water Docs at School in your film’s credits (click links to download high-resolution logo files)
  • You must submit a signed Media Release Form for every child whose face appears in your film. We have 2 options – a class form to be signed by your principal (preferred), or an individual form to be sent home to parents.

Feedback Form

We encourage students & teachers to offer feedback on each workshop using our form!

Additional Resources