Using a unique, hands-on approach, Water Docs @ School brings young people into a close relationship with water, building their understanding of water systems and instilling a passion for water stewardship.

Water Docs @ School Action Projects is a seven-month learning and action program for Ontario Grade 8 students, delivered through a partnership between Ecologos and Learning for a Sustainable Future. This entirely free program has been used successfully at schools across the province, praised by teachers for

  • delivering the entire Ontario curriculum on water,
  • cultivating a deep caring for the environment, as well as
  • skills in leadership, team-building, project management and filmmaking.

Two teachers from Brookside Public School in Scarborough discuss their experiences with the Water Docs @ School Action Projects program:

Benefits of the Program

Participating students will have the chance to:

  • Research water issues affecting their local communities
  • Develop an action project to address a local issue
  • Capture their project initiatives in a short documentary film, receiving filmmaking and storytelling guidance.
  • Compete to showcase their film and project for all the participating classes at the Student Recognition Day in Spring 2019
  • Speak with The Water Brothers from TVO, Alex and Tyler Mifflin
  • And much more!

Participating teachers will have the chance to:

  • Receive two adult passes (valued at $70) to the Water Docs 2019 Film Festival in Toronto
  • Participate in periodic web-based conversations with experienced teachers, staff from Learning for a Sustainable Future (LSF) and the Water Docs Film Festival to share challenges and successes, and otherwise support each other at important stages

Do you know a Grade 8 teacher who might want to take part? For information, contact Bob Isenberger.


2016 Best Project:  The Story of the Unpluggernauts, from Brookside Public School.

2016 Best Film:  Keeping Up With Compost, from Hazel McCallion Senior Public School.