Virtual Water Systems - Ravine Investigation

Water Systems - Ravine Investigation

bridge over Taylor Creek


Curriculum Connections: 

  • Science - Water Systems
  • Geography - Human Settlements and Sustainability
  • Mathematics - Data Management & Probability 

Character Development:

  • program emphasizes respect, responsibility, teamwork, perseverance and co-operation

This virtual version of our Live Streaming program allows students to assess the impact of human activities on the sustainability of water resources while they investigate the factors that affect the water quality of Toronto's Taylor Creek.

We know that water is crucial to all life. Would you drink the water directly out of one of Toronto’s streams? Well, you do – indirectly! Toronto’s ravine system covers 44,000 acres of the city’s land (30 times larger than New York’s Central Park). Taylor Creek Park is a natural-urban area with a number of streams flowing through its ravine that lead eventually to Lake Ontario. Live Streaming takes students into the valley to uncover what is happening from an ecological perspective.

Pre-visit activities emphasize the historical and geographic changes in the area. Throughout the day students investigate what is occurring in Taylor Creek and the ravine through virtual investigations. Finding evidence of erosion and observing the impact of local sewage and waste will facilitate an understanding of their effect on stream water and illustrate the need for ongoing stewardship. Inquiry questions then guide students to think more deeply about the implications of their findings. In the end, students should have a greater understanding of what humans do to impact water and why we should all care. Students are encouraged to use their findings to create meaningful post-visit projects and engage in local stewardship opportunities. 

Program Length: one day (9:30 am - 2:00 pm)
Availability: fall (September to mid-November), spring (May to June)
Location: Taylor Creek Park
Fee: Please find information on the fee structure here.

User fees help ensure the continuation of these learning experiences through partial cost recovery; fee schedule reflect rates subsidized by the Toronto District School Board.

TTC: each student requires 2 TTC tickets, for travel to Taylor Creek and back to school


Maximum: 30 students