Take your aquatic study to the next level by adding data to a province-wide water quality monitoring program. Your students will have the opportunity to perform a DNA extraction and analysis to assess a water sample for invasive species, algal blooms and more! Together will evaluate the impact of water quality on ecosystems and human health. 

Inside Education has teamed up with a lab in the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta along with financial support from Alberta Innovates to create a school-based program that educates about Alberta’s watersheds and gives students the opportunity to use leading-edge technology to assist in monitoring their own local water bodies for biological issues. 

  • Request a classroom program where Inside Education will lead the class through an interactive presentation including DNA extraction and use of a portable monitoring device to identify biological hazards in the water. 


Watersheds, Water Monitoring, Aquatic Biodiversity, Aquatic Invasive Species, Connections Between Science and Technology to the Healthy People and Healthy Watersheds, DNA, Citizen Science, Water Use, Biological Contamination

Curriculum Connections

  • Biology 20: Ecosystems & Population Change 
  • Science 20: Changes in Living Systems
  • Biology 30: Cell Division, Genetics and Molecular Biology (STSE Emphasis)

*Note: classroom program is adapted to suit the grade level and curricular outcomes

Supporting Resources

Inside Education’s work brings us to all corners of the province, as such, we acknowledge the Indigenous people who lived among and traveled through the land in the area currently known as Alberta. The relationship the Peoples of Treaty 6, Treaty 7, and Treaty 8 and Alberta’s M├ętis people have with the land is founded on a deep respect for the environment. This connection forms the foundation of our personal responsibility for the stewardship of our natural resources, a connection Inside Education strives to foster among students and teachers through our diverse programming. Inside Education is a registered charity #101894319RR0001

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