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We're Launching a Minnow

Early concept design by MacEwan Student DSO Group

The Aquatic Biosphere Project is launching an exciting new travelling public exhibit, “The Minnow” which will be found at events, festivals and schools, exploring local water and conservation issues.

The Minnow is a solar-powered immersive mobile exhibit and field station, designed to host interpretive activities and allow visitors to explore ecosystems with interactive games and experiences. This unique offering in the conservation and education space, The Minnow will be unveiled at the Edmonton Boat and Sportsmen's Show in March 2024.

visitors can observe local species, like giant water beetles, leeches or water tigers. As a mobile conservation station, The Minnow also contains tools to track invasive species or support lake bottom cleanups. This was made possible by a generous donation from GoPower, who provided equipment to power The Minnow in any location.

Outside The Minnow, visitors can explore colourful art that brings to life the plants and animals in Alberta's waterways through the interactive ExploreWater gaming app. The app is developed in partnership with the University of Alberta's Faculty of Science (computing) and the Faculty of Business (marketing). This partnership helps foster foundational green skills for the students in these programs at the University of Alberta.


The ExploreWater app will be undergoing live beta testing with the students at the Edmonton Boat and Sportsmen's Show. Visitors will be able to use their mobile devices to scan animals on the colourful mural, like fish and invasive species to access fun games and learn more about life in and around Alberta's waterways.


The Minnow, and its programs are developed by the Aquatic Biosphere Project, whose mission is to promote knowledge and awareness of the aquatic ecosystems that impact us, and the actions we can take to preserve and protect these critical systems for life. The Minnow will showcase some of the Aquatic Biosphere's innovations and community programming, which brings exciting new perspectives to the watery world. The Aquatic Biosphere Project has an ultimate goal to build a major ecotourism attraction in the capital region, often dubbed a "Living Museum of Water."

The early business planning, concept designs and project management was developed in part by students at MacEwan University's School of Business, and the Design Students Organization (DSO). Student collaborations with various faculties at the University of Alberta and MacEwan University helped bring forward cutting-edge concepts to ensure The Minnow meets its objectives: to promote a sense of stewardship for our waterways, to build knowledge, and activate a wonder of all things.


The Minnow was made possible thanks to grant support from the Alberta Conservation Association, the Edmonton Community Foundation, the University of Alberta and the Business Higher Education Roundtable. The Minnow also owes thanks to the support of private donations and a brilliant team of volunteers behind the mission. This innovative conservation station will hit the road this spring, be sure to catch The Minnow at the Edmonton Boat and Sportsmen's Show, Booth 410 from March 14-17, 2024.


The Minnow and associated programs are made possible with grant support and program development through:




The Aquatic Biosphere Society of Canada is a registered charity and is supported by a community of volunteers, funders and supporters. For more information on the project, if you are interested to get involved or wish to connect with us, please visit https://Aquatic



Since 1997, Alberta Conservation Association (ACA) has encouraged all Albertans to enjoy the outdoors. Conserving the fish, wildlife and habitat resources we enjoy makes Alberta the beautiful and balanced place it is. Visit




Edmonton Community Foundation connects you to the resources you need. With our help, donors are able to make the best decision for their funds. Students can find the grants that help them succeed. Charities are able to fund their latest projects. We build relationships that strengthen the Edmonton community - because connecting people is what we do best. Visit



Leading innovators of solar and mobile power solutions since 1996 Go Power! has grown to become one of North America's leading suppliers of recreational and business solar solutions. Visit



The University of Alberta's Community Service-Learning program (CSL) and student participation in the creation project. In partnership with the Business + Higher Education Roundtable, and with support from the Government of Canada, CSL Is working to help build foundational green skills for University of Alberta students. Visit



Community service-learning courses, opportunities for students to learn from and contribute to community organizations, work placements, such as co-ops and practicums. Visit:­ innovation-institute/community-engagement/


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