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Okanagan Waterwise Challenge

 



2015 Okanagan WaterWise ChallengeOkanagan WaterWise invites school classes and individuals throughout the Okanagan, from Kindergarten to Grade 12, to explore an Okanagan wetland and report back!  Submit a multi-media entry telling us what you found and why it’s important to protect our wetlands.

The prize:
A pizza party for 2 winning classes* and 2 individual entry winners, PLUS passes to some of the Okanagan’s coolest pools! 

*OPTION for winning classes: a 2-hour boat charter on Okanagan Lake for an on-the-water classroom experience, instead of pizza and pool passes. Includes a private class lesson on Okanagan water led by the great team at Okanagan Science Centre!  

Contest begins:         
March 16, 2015 as part of Canada Water Week (March 16-22).

Entry deadline:           
April 24, 2015

Winners announced:
May 6, 2015, during B.C. Drinking Water Week (May 3-9)

The theme: “WETLANDS!”
Wetlands, once considered a nuisance and a waste of valuable land, are an important part of our community. 

They act like giant sponges during storms, soaking up extra storm water which prevents flooding. They also act as giant filters, absorbing pollutants and dissolving them over time. Of course, wetlands attract birds and various aquatic life. PLUS… they’re a beautiful place for a walk!

Today, more than 85% of the Okanagan's wetlands & natural riparian areas are gone, and remaining areas are at risk of loss.

We’ve been working with others in our region to help protect and restore these special places, but we need your help!

Your challenge: Explore an Okanagan wetland and report back!  Tell us…

  • what you found at the wetland (plants, wildlife, etc.);
  • why the wetland you visited is special; and
  • what people can do to help protect our wetlands

Hint:
Check out the Okanagan WaterWise website to learn more about Okanagan water and for project ideas!

PLUS…
Find an Okanagan wetland near you – check out our map here!
Also check out Okanagan Waterwise In Nature & the OBWB's Okanagan Wetlands Strategy.

And check out these fabulous entries from 2013 and 2014!


CATEGORIES:

1. Classroom: Kindergarten to Grade 6
2. Classroom: Grades 7 – 12
3. Individual: 5 - 11 years old
4. Individual: 12-17 years old

CONTEST RULES: *Please read carefully!

1. Entries may be classroom or individual submissions.

2. Class submissions must show team-work.

3. The contest is open to classes and individuals in the North Okanagan, Central Okanagan and South Okanagan.

4. To be multi-media, submissions must be a combination of at least two of the following: video, animation, audio, still images or text.  Entries could be a video, a song, poster or a photo essay... Let your imagination go!

5. Entries should reference Okanagan WaterWise, or OkWaterWise, or being WaterWise.

6. Entries should incorporate information about Okanagan water issues.  Information can be found on the Okanagan WaterWise - also check out Okanagan Waterwise In Nature & the OBWB's Okanagan Wetlands Strategy.

7. Video and audio entries must be limited to 2 minutes.

8. Entries should provide ideas to save and/or protect water that are

  • unique
  • inspiring
  • simple and easy for others to do too!

9. Contestants can submit their entry to the Okanagan Basin Water Board office at 1450 KLO Rd., Kelowna, B.C., V1W 3Z4, or by e-mail to [email protected].  Large files can be submitted to our ftp website. Contact 250-469-6271 for details.

10. Submissions must include contact information.  Please include:

  • the contact name of an adult (teacher or principal, or similar),
  • phone number,
  • e-mail address,
  • name of school  AND the grade represented (if it’s a class entry),
  • the name AND age of the individual (if it’s an individual submission).

11. All entries become the property of the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) and Okanagan WaterWise.   By submitting an entry in the contest, the Contestant agrees that OBWB has the right to use the submission for promotional purposes including publication, exhibition, on the Internet and for presentations.

 

PRIZES:

Classroom:  Kindergarten – Grade 6*
Pizza for the classroom, plus pool passes to your local pool, and your winning entry featured on the Okanagan WaterWise website!  

*OPTION for winning class: a 2-hour boat charter on Okanagan Lake for an on-the-water classroom experience, instead of pizza and pool passes.  Includes a private class lesson on Okanagan water! 

Classroom:  Grade 7 – 12*
Pizza for the classroom, plus pool passes to your local pool, and your winning entry featured on the Okanagan WaterWise website!

*OPTION for winning class: a 2-hour boat charter on Okanagan Lake for an on-the-water classroom experience, instead of pizza and pool passes.  Includes a private class lesson on Okanagan water! 

Individual:    5 – 11 years old
Pizza and pool passes for you and four friends to your local pool, and your winning entry featured on the Okanagan WaterWise website!

Individual:    12 – 17 years old
Pizza and pool passes for you and four friends to your local pool, and your winning entry featured on the Okanagan WaterWise website!

 

HAVE FUN AND GOOD LUCK!



Special thanks to 2015 challenge partners, including:

City of Vernon
 
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