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High school program

MidCoast Water runs free sessions as both incursions and excursions with schools within our service region. 

We also offer resources, which can be accessed on the Resources for students and Resources for teachers pages.

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Catchment model visits

Catchment model 1Learn about how we fit into the water cycle and how human actions can lead to water pollution with the catchment model. This interactive model based on our local environment can visit your school for a session with one or multiple classes. In 2017 please contact MidCoast Council to book a session.

Learn more here: Catchment model


Water bug excursions

Go on an excursion with to a body of fresh water where you can use our dip nets to discover what lives in the water. These bugs can also tell us a lot about the health of the ecosystem, it is great to interpret with the class what story the bugs are telling. Recommended locations are Cattai Wetlands at Coopernook and the Gloucester River at Gloucester District Park if there are no sites near you. The activity takes about one hour with enough gear for a maximum capacity of 30 students.

Learn more here: Waterwatch




Students use Waterwatch methodology to examine the ecological health of a water body through water testing. They are able to test temperature, pH, electrical conductivity, turbidity, available phosphate, and dissolved oxygen. Use the resources in the manuals to discuss factors which influence these parameters, look at how the water compares to national water quality guidelines, and can discuss their ideas for improving ecological health.

Learn more here: Waterwatch



Site tours

Many of MidCoast Water's treatment facilities are able to be visited by school groups, including the state of the art Bootawa Water Treatment Plant, our sewage treatment plants and recycled water treatment plants. Chemistry students are also able to have a tour of the MidCoast Water Laboratory, located on site at the Bootawa Water Treatment Plant.

Learn more here: School excursions