About the Program


The CARING FOR OUR WATERSHEDS™ program is an environmental educational competition that encourages creativity and rewards students for the solutions they identify. CARING FOR OUR WATERSHEDS partners with communities to create focused solutions to local watershed issues.

Each year Nutrien invites students to submit proposals that answer the question:

The program rewards the students and the schools who submit the most creative, thought-provoking and innovative ideas.

Implementation funding and community mentorship is available to turn the student’s ideas into realistic solutions.

“My project involved educating homeowners of the benefits of mulch for our environment and ecosystem…the Caring For Our Watershed program enables students to use their creativity to establish solutions that would otherwise be unheard and unseen… It helps students realize the value of community contribution and the significant impact each individual can have….Without a doubt, Caring For Our Watersheds impacts our environment, but equally as important, also the lives of its participants.” (Kaylee Nishizawa, Grade 11, Caring for our Watersheds Southern Alberta 2016 Winner)

Our History

Generations of Stewardship
Generations of Stewardship

2007 – The CARING FOR OUR WATERSHEDS program began in Alberta, Canada with students who live within the Battle River Watershed.

2009 – After a successful three year pilot, the program is ready to expand. 5 contests are launched in Central Alberta, Southern Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Colorado.

2010 – 4 contests are launched in Ontario, California, Virginia and Washington, DC

2011 – Ohio and Argentina join the team making this an international program with 11 contests!


2015 – Over 150 student led projects have been implemented.

2017 – Over 300 student led projects have been implemented.


The success of the CARING FOR OUR WATERSHEDS program relies on local residents who want to make a positive difference in their community. Tasks and assignments come in all skill levels and time commitments – and range from classroom speakers to individuals who help set up the winning exhibits.

If you can help local students make a positive difference in your community, click here.