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SEAQUARIA-LED EDUCATION PROGRAMS

 

World Fisheries Trust is proud to offer a wide variety of engaging, hand-on and place-based education programs. Our programs are designed to build responsible and informed environmental stewards who have an emotional connection to the world around them. Our programs encourage students to interact with their environment in novel ways, while still connecting core elements of the BC Science curriculum.

Our programs cater to all learning levels and styles, and we love creating custom programs to meet the learning needs of students.

Our programs take place at three locations:

 

In-class                                                            Nature House                                                  Local Beaches

 

 

 


 

IN-CLASS PROGRAMS

The Sensational Sea

Pre-school – grade 2

Cost: $100 (1 hour)

 

Sensational Sea is a classroom-based program designed to introduce students to the marine invertebrate species on our coast and discover their unique adaptations to life in the ocean. Students will use their senses to explore 5 stations by observing, discussing, and touching the live aquatic animals.

In this program, students will:

• Identify common marine animals from Vancouver Island’s waters;

• Understand the basic needs of living things in the ocean and the challenges of living in marine environments;

• Explore the physical and behavioral adaptation that help marine invertebrates survive;

• Observe interactions between animals and their environment;

• Discover the unique value that each organism has to its ecosystem; and

• Evaluate the impact of human activity on the animals’ ability to survive.

 

Marine Ecosystems & Biodiversity

Grade 2-4

Cost: $100 (1 hour)

 

Marine Classification and Adaptation

Grade 5-8

Cost: $100 (1 hour)

 

NATURE HOUSE PROGRAMS

Your Watershed and You

Grade 2-6

Cost: $150 (1.5 hours)

 

Your Watershed and You is a field-based program that introduces students to their local watershed through a series of hand-on activities. Students will visit the Gorge Waterway Nature House to bridge classroom learning with real world issues in our community.

 

In this program, students will:

  • Understand the concept of a watershed, water quality and conservation, the water cycle, and how watersheds are impacted by the terrestrial activities;
  • Discover the unique characteristics of the Gorge Waterway as a culturally and ecologically significant place;
  • Identify and learn about the diverse marine organisms that live in our oceans and the life cycles adapted to specific environments;
  • Understand the difference between native and invasive species and identify local flora and fauna;
  • Learn about local restoration, monitoring, and research initiatives;
  • Evaluate the impact of human activity on our local waterways and collective solutions.

 

Watershed StewARTship

In collaboration with the Robert Bateman Centre

Grade 2-5

Cost: $150 (1.75 hours)

 

Watershed StewARTship is a field based program at the Gorge Waterway Nature House. The aim of the program is for students to learn about the ecology of the Gorge Waterway while making meaningful connections to place through a custom designed nature sketch book. Watershed StewARTship is a collaborative project by educators from Seaquaria Education and the Robert Bateman Centre.

 

In this program, students will:

  • Use art to express their connection to the natural world and foster a sense of place and belonging;
  • Express and reflect on personal experiences of place, and how to steward a place;
  • Identify common marine animals from Vancouver Island’s waters and sketch identifiable features;
  • Build an understanding of the interconnectivity of our waterways and the basics of the water cycle;
  • Evaluate the impact of human activity on our local waterways  and brainstorm collective solutions;
  • Engage in the cultural and ecological history of the Gorge Waterway, learning common plant and animal names, historical use by 1st Nations, and current restoration activates and challenges.

 

 

BEACH PROGRAMS

 

Beach Explorations

Grade 2-4

Cost: $200 (2 – 2.5 hours)

 

Intertidal Explorers is a field-based program designed to get youth outside to experience life at the beach first hand. Students will witness the incredibly biodiversity adapted for life in the intertidal zone.  

In this program, students will:

  • Identify common marine life in the intertidal zone and their adaptations to survive
  • Become familiar with the dominant inhabitants of rocky shores and the physical and behavioural adaptations that help them survive;
  • Recognize vertical zonation in rocky intertidal communities, including abiotic (temperature, salinity, oxygen, pH) and biotic factors (diversity and abundance);
  • Build a connection to place;
  • Follow proper ethical animal handling and beach etiquette.

 

Scientists on the Shore

Grade 2-5

Cost: $200 (2 – 2.5 hours)

 

Scientists on the Shore is a field-based program designed to introduce students to basic intertidal sampling techniques and intertidal diversity. The Seaquaria Education team will meet your class at a nearby beach to conduct a survey designed to define the biotic and abiotic characteristics found in a rocky intertidal ecosystem and observe interactions between organisms and their environment.

In this program, students will:

  • Identify marine life in the intertidal zone and quantify the relative abundance or organisms and algae in the area;
  • Become familiar with the dominant inhabitants of rocky shores and the physical and behavioural adaptations that help them survive;
  • Recognize vertical zonation in rocky intertidal communities, including abiotic (temperature, salinity, oxygen, pH) and biotic factors (diversity and abundance);
  • Understand the basic equipment and techniques used for intertidal surveys, including transects and quadrats, percent cover calculations, and photo-identification;
  • Follow proper ethical animal handling and beach etiquette.

 

 

In-Seine Fish Discovery

Grade 4-7

Cost: $175 (1.75 hours)

 

In-Seine Fish Discovery is a field-based program designed to get youth outside to experience life beneath the surface of the ocean first hand. By this point in their schooling, most students have explored the seashore and discovered a wide variety of intertidal organisms, but for many, what’s living just beyond the water’s edge is still a mystery…until now!

 

In this program, students will:

  • Understand and utilize simple fishing equipment to conduct a beach seine;
  • Identify common fish and marine invertebrates of the sandy beach environment and observe the physical and behavioral characteristics that help them survive;
  • Describe the general body plan of a fish and the common characteristics that most fish share;
  • Describe the basic respiratory system of fish and compare and contrast them with the system in humans;
  • Understand that the seashore and its habitants is a community with needs similar to our own;
  • Think critically how humans impact coastal environmental, and think of collective solutions;
  • Demonstrate ethical animal handling and beach etiquette.