Taking the Pulse of the Fraser

Last updated on
Friday, August 14th, 2020
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Program Description

(Grades 6-9) Follow each step of the scientific method to conduct a water quality investigation. During this 2 hour workshop students observe and become curious about the Fraser River, do background research, construct hypotheses, test their hypotheses by doing experiments, analyze their data, draw a conclusion, and report their results. Students determine whether the current temperature, pH, and turbidity will or will not be above acceptable levels for salmon survival.

This program is divided into:

  • Introduction Outside (5 minutes)
  • Observe and Conduct Background Research
    • Observe the Fraser (outdoor observation and water sample collection 20 minutes)
    • 5-minute transfer to upstairs exhibit gallery
    • Background research (10 minutes upstairs exhibit search, 10 minutes presentations)
    • Construct hypotheses (10 minutes)
  • Stations (25 minutes each)
    • Turbidity Testing Station
    • pH Testing Station
  • Conclusion (10 minutes)

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Outreach Wednesdays!

Can’t come to the Fraser River Discovery Centre? No problem! We can come to you! Two FRDC staff will bring all the materials necessary to run some of our most popular River School Programs right in your own classroom!

All materials will be fully sanitized between use, and the staff will wear masks. If there are additional safety protocols we need to follow, please contact us. Please note, small group work is part of each program, with frequent sanitation of touched objects.

Cost: $7 per student, plus $0.59 per kilometer between FRDC and your school.

When: Wednesdays


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Big Ideas
  • Everyday materials are often mixtures.
  • Multicellular organisms rely on internal systems to survive, reproduce, and interact with their environment.
  • Earth and its climate have changed over geological time.
  • COVID Precautions
    With the continued safety and well-being of our visitors, staff and volunteers the highest priority, we have developed a safety plan in accordance with WorkSafeBC guidelines. Our COVID-19 safety guide can be found on our website: https://fraserriverdiscovery.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/WORKSAFE-BC-FRDC-COVID-19-SAFETY-PLAN-Final.pdf If you have any concerns about visiting the center that are not addressed in the safety plan, please email or call us and we can work together to make sure that your visit is a safe one.
    Trip Details
    For Grades: 
    6, 7, 8, 9
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    Times Offered: 
    Half Day minutes unless otherwise stated.
    Maximum Students: 
    Offered In French: 
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    Fee Details
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    Fee Notes: 

    Program fee is $7 + GST per student, minimum charge of $84.00 per booking. Adults are free. Fees are due one month before the program booked date. Please contact us about delayed payment options.

    We have an across the board 25% discount on all programs, outreach and kits for inner-city schools.

    Additional Notes

    Program includes 20 minutes outdoors to observe the Fraser and collect the water sample. This is a two hour workshop.