Step 2: Make a schedule

We create graphs of your data and regular intervals helps us understand water health. Create a plan you can keep. Follow official testing days, or choose higher frequency (weekly) during your area’s testing season (usually late spring through to early fall). Less sites done consistently give us better baselines, but if you can’t revisit a spot often, don’t worry. Citizen science is about making a big dataset! Getting started is important.

Official testing days

Testing happens throughout Canada on the last Sunday of every month (back-up days are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the same weekend). Put your reminder magnet on your fridge to remember! We’ll also email you.

Want a magnet? We have these available so that you can remember when to test!

Testing while travelling

Many testkitters also take their kits on holiday with them! We’ve packed the whole kit into our suitcase, and everything but dissolved oxygen went through carry-on. It’s a great way to see new lakes and visit new places!

Reminder: this equipment is made for freshwater and shouldn’t be used in salt or brackish water. Use common sense when testing!

  “I loved this program. It was an easy way to be introduced to citizen science and anyone could do it. The kit and guide explained everything really well. My four-year-old loved it as did my 60 year old mother. Well thought out and delivered!”

-Meaghan Murphy, testkitter since 2016