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Canadian Geographic Education Lake Winnipeg Foundation

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Geography, according to American professor Dr. Charles Gritzner, can be defined by three simple questions: “What is where?”, “Why there?” and “Why care?”

Gritzner’s definition – which speaks to location, ecological features and socio-cultural contexts – underlies OPEN Water, a collaborative initiative led by Canadian Geographic Education, a program of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society.

The multi-year, multi-aspect project’s title is an acronym that stands for Observe, Participate, Experience and Network. Last year, organizers brought together...

The Lake Winnipeg Foundation envisions a clean, healthy Lake Winnipeg and watershed now and for future generations.  To achieve this vision, we support projects that improve water quality in Lake Winnipeg and its watershed. Our Stewardship, Research and Education Grants Program awards grants ranging from $500 to $10,000 , and covering up to 100% of eligible project costs, depending upon fund availability.


H2O iQ is an educational resource for teachers, students and the public. It was launched in October, 2013, by Lake Friendly, an initiative established by the South Basin Mayors and Reeves.

The H2O iQ workbook is designed to provide accessible information, tools and other resources to fully explore issues related to the importance of water and to issues facing water in the Lake Winnipeg Watershed.

This comprehensive resource is consistent with Manitoba’s educational curricula and includes information and activities for a variety of grade levels. 

Hard copies of H2O iQ are available through the...


LWF is pleased to offer free educational presentations about Lake Winnipeg to schools and community groups.

These engaging presentations are accompanied by a PowerPoint slide show and can be tailored to different age groups. Each presentation includes:

  • Information about the lake's physical, social, economic, ecological and cultural significance
  • An introduction to the root causes of the current health challenges facing the lake
  • The history of LWF - who we are and what we do
  • An overview of the Lake Winnipeg Health Plan, LWF's science-based action plan to restore and protect our great lake


The Manitoba Museum's Lake Winnipeg: Shared Solutions Exhibit

Photo credit: Hans Thater

As part of our mission to educate Manitobans on the challenges and opportunities facing this significant ecosystem, LWF is pleased to assist teachers in exploring curriculum-based water issues that pertain to Lake Winnipeg and its watershed by subsidizing the cost of student transportation and/or entrance fees to approved field trip venues.

Eligibility criteria:

Students in Manitoba schools from Grades 4 to 12 are eligible. Field trips on Lake Winnipeg themes may include, for example, World Water Day activities (March 22), visits to Oak Hammock Marsh, Fort Whyte Alive...

LWF is committed to assisting teachers educate their students about Lake Winnipeg and its watershed.

The Lake Winnipeg Foundation supports projects working to improve water quality in Lake Winnipeg and its watershed. Our Grants Program awards grants ranging from $500 to $10,000, and covering up to 100% of eligible project costs, depending upon fund availability. 

The LWF Grants Program is used to:

  • Contribute to realizing the outcomes of the Lake Winnipeg Health Plan (LWHP)
  • Increase collaboration and align collective efforts within the Lake Winnipeg watershed
  • Support grassroots initiatives that raise awareness and engage citizens, students and local governments on innovative projects
  • Provide...
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LWF publishes a newsletter, The Watershed Observer, twice a year. Our most recent edition includes an update on our community-based monitoring efforts, a profile on LWF member and volunteer extraordinaire Paul Trevenen, plus information about proposed changes to provincial legislation that could affect Manitoba water quality and how you can get involved.