CONNECTING YOUNG WOMEN 
& SCIENCE
ON THE WATER

Free expeditions & day camps on rivers and lakes to steward a love for science, learning and fresh waters in the next generation of water protectors. 

 
 

OUR MISSION

To motivate and inspire young women (inclusive of all identities) to enjoy and protect fresh waters and the outdoors.

OUR VISION

To run free outdoor trips that impart a lifetime of love and understanding of fresh waters.

OUR FOCUS

To serve young women who are interested in the outdoors and science but have limited access to outdoor learning opportunities.

WHAT WE DO

Riparia is a Canadian registered charity that works to connect young women and science on the water. With our team of guides, scientists, and Indigenous Knowledge Keepers, participants learn and experience different ways of doing science, thinking about water, and learning from our environment.

 

We run two inspiring free programs for diverse young women: (1) a signature week-long canoeing and camping expedition in the Poisson Blanc Regional Park of Québec; and (2) a water-focused outdoor day camp exploring rivers, lakes, and streams near Montréal, Québec. We partner with experiences guides rom Boreal River Adventures to prioritize safety and comfort for all participants. Our participants receive access to exciting tools, like underwater drones and portable microscopes and leave our program with robust outdoor skills, lasting friendships, and the know-how to protect fresh waters for life. 

Our programs take place on the traditional, ancestral & unceded territories

of the Anishinaabeg (Parc Poisson Blanc, QC) and Kanien’kehá:ka (Montréal, QC).

OUR VALUES

Valuing different ways of knowing and learning.

Valuing different ways of knowing and learning.

DIVERSITY

Creating space for all youth, including non-binary, Indigenous and others. 

EQUITY

Valuing and uplifting different ways of knowing and learning.

ACTIVE
LEARNING

We use participants questions and interests to drive learning.

STRONG
BONDS

We emphasize loving relationships with each other and the world around us and work to uphold these with responsibility and reciprocity. 

SAMPLE COURSES

Living

Streams

Get up close and personal with the invertebrates living in stream beds! Learn what their presence tells us about the health of the water.

Water Quality Monitoring 

Contribute to important community science initiatives that protect and monitor water. Learn how hands on water quality testing can also strengthen personal connections to water.

Photography & Storytelling

Practice the power of photography as a tool of communication, self expression, and visual storytelling. Start your own trip log and photo journal!

 

GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED BY

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OVERNIGHT TRIP

POISSON BLANC 
QC, CANADA

Riparia hosts a free, week-long canoe-camping trip in the Poisson Blanc Regional Park, in Quebec, Canada every few summers. We work with Indigenous and non-Indigenous young women recruited primarily through the New Frontiers School Board to document the ecological state of the region and inspire the next generation of female scientists. 

DAY CAMP

MONTRÉAL + AREA 
QC, CANADA

Our freshwater day camp connects Indigenous and non-Indigenous young women recruited primarily through the New Frontiers School Board with land and water close to home. Over four days, we paddle and learn about rivers, lakes and streams near Montréal, QC. Each day focuses on new science and outdoor skills with a unique theme and location. 

 

OUR PROGRAMS

RIPARIA COMMUNITY

We love bringing our broader community together to talk about water protection. Check out our 2021 public event "Speaking Up For Water: Water Protectors, Storytelling & Science." , which brought together inspiring, strong women who are using their voices to speak up for water to share their impactful stories and calls to action.

Subscribe to our newsletter to be reminded of upcoming events.

 

OUR FOUNDING TEAM

Dr. Dalal Hanna

Conservation & Landscape Ecologist, National Geographic Explorer, PhD in Natural Resource Sciences (McGill University), Postdoctoral Fellow at Carleton University

Dr. Andrea Reid

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Indigenous Fisheries Scientist, citizen of the Nisga’a Nation, National Geographic Explorer, PhD in Biology (Carleton University), Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, and Principal Investigator of the Indigenous Fisheries Research Unit

Mikayla Wujec

National Geographic Explorer, Environmental Scientist, Science Communicator, Photographer, Co-founder of Alder Apparel

 

EXPEDITION GALLERY

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