LakeSmart is an award-winning environmental outreach program unique to the Lake of the Woods area of northwestern Ontario. A signature program of the Lake of the Woods District Stewardship Association, it is delivered by a team of post secondary students, each with an environmental education focus, who spend the summer sharing information with lake residents on ways to live and play green at the lake. The LakeSmart team is equipped with knowledge and resources on a broad range of topics including creating and maintaining shoreline buffer zones, reducing run-off, maintaining septic systems, using eco-friendly cleaning products, preventing the spread of invasive species, safe boating and more. 

Although the LakeSmart boat may not go into smaller lakes, the LakeSmart team will drive to many of them and attend association or community events with the same messages.  The team also makes sure they are at the well-attended farmer’s market in Kenora each week to hand out materials, talk to the public about good stewardship practices and show kids samples of invasive species up close!

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