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. 

 

A note on COVID 19: We are carefully planning an adapted, physically-distanced program for 2021.
Read our update here

 

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.  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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2019

POISSON BLANC 
QC, CANADA

Riparia hosted a free, five-day canoe-camping expedition in the Poisson Blanc Regional Park, in Quebec, Canada in August 2019. We worked with 10 young women aged 13-18 recruited through Native Montreal and the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board to document the ecological state of the region and inspire the next generation of female scientists. 

2021

MONTRÉAL + AREA 
QC, CANADA

Our new water-focused day camp connects participants with the outdoors close to home. Over four days this August we will paddle and learn about rivers, lakes and streams near Montréal, QC. Each day will teach new science and outdoor skills with a unique theme and location. We will continue to partner with experienced expedition guides from Boreal River Adventures to prioritize safety and comfort for all participants.

 

OUR PROGRAMS

 

OUR TEAM

Dr. Dalal Hanna

Co-founder

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

Justine Ammendolia

Data Analyst & Geospatial Technician

National Geographic Explorer, MSc in Marine Biology (Memorial University of Newfoundland), Member of the Youth Council to the Chief Science Advisor of Canada, Science Communicator

Dr. Andrea Reid

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Co-founder

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

Zofia Smeja

Digital Engagement & Youth Program Specialist

Riparia Board of Directors, Therapeutic Recreational Wilderness Guide, BScH Psychology and Environmental Studies & BA French (Queen’s University)

Mikayla Wujec

Co-founder

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

Katie Schulze

Ocean Bridge Ambassador

Educational Content Creator, Team organization/logistics, Aquatic Biologist BSc (University of Alberta)

EXPEDITION GALLERY

 
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IN THE MEDIA

 
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