Public Awareness and Education
The JCSC offers free, bilingual, hands-on educational learning opportunities to engage youth of all ages in the continued restoration of the Junction Creek watershed. These programs focus on: the history of Sudbury and the creek, flora and fauna of the watershed and monitoring techniques used by biologists worldwide.
Empowering Youth for Junction Creek Program
The Empowering Youth for Junction Creek (EYJC) program was formed by youth for youth in 2021. The FREE program is geared towards youth aged 14-18 in N'Swakamok/ Greater Sudbury and is welcoming to all backgrounds and levels of experience. The program strives to be accessible and minimize barriers to give teens the opportunity to explore and connect with nature in a variety of ways, volunteer in the community, and interact with like-minded individuals.
The Junction Creek Stewardship Committee and Plastic-Free Greater Sudbury have developed at-home and in-class challenges to help people recognize and reduce their plastic waste. These challenges vary from 1 to 4 weeks and encourage participants to monitor their plastic waste, come up with effective alternatives to disposable products, and develop their own sustainable plastic-free habits.
Polluted Waters Program
Polluted Waters is a series of interactive educational programs that raise awareness about pollutants and plastic waste in our urban waterways while encouraging creek friendly practices. Ideal for Grades 3-12, the students will learn about sources and impacts of plastic waste in our cities and ways to promote a clean and healthy environment.
3-D Junction Creek Watershed Model
Our NEW 3-D watershed model was designed and printed at Laurentian University - Université Laurentienne Fielding Innovation and Commercialization Centre using geospatial elevation data of Junction Creek, courtesy of Conservation Sudbury. This program is part of the educational and outreach portion of our 'Reducing Plastic Waste in an Urban Waterway' project that is supported by the EcoAction Community Funding Program. Interested in a presentation? Email us at [email protected]
Bug Search Program
The bug search program is a hands on, interactive program for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12; it can be completed either inside or outside. Students will learn about water quality monitoring, and work towards assessing the water quality of Junction Creek through sorting and observing live bugs.
Frog and Turtle Program
The frog and turtle program is for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 and consists of a slideshow presentation and interactive activities. Students will learn about the different species of frogs and turtles found in the Junction Creek Watershed and how to identify them.
Tiny Traces Along Junction Creek
In 2021, we received funding from the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative to carryout a creative environmental project along Junction Creek in partnership with Early Childhood Creative Collaborations. The Tiny Traces along Junction Creek program engages children, families and educators in the green spaces along and near Junction Creek through educational programs and self-guided resources. Publicly accessible Creativity Boxes filled with art materials and inquiry guides offer an opportunity for children and families to follow their curiosities about the creek ecosystem, to learn about and care for the ecology and to engage with art materials to document what they are learning and thinking. Please visit Tiny Traces - (eccco.ca) to learn more.