Helping to create thriving communities and healthy environments
Seaquaria in Schools
Bringing the Ocean into Schools… and Schools to the Ocean!
Seaquaria brings local marine life into the classroom to let students get up close and personal with some of their aquatic neighbours. Our goal is to build a society that cares about the environment both emotionally and in practice, and to provide the basis for enduring learning skills in an ever-changing world.
The Seaquaria in Schools program places permanent saltwater aquaria in elementary, middle and secondary schools aross British Columbia to bring captivating, ever-changing marine ecosystems into our students' everyday lives.
As students care for these ecosystems and participate in hands-on activities and curriculum-linked programming, they build an understanding and respect for the organisms, develop strong stewardship skills, and become critical thinkers. They also become educators themselves when they talk to their parents, siblings and friends about their discoveries in the Seaquarium.
As well as fostering environmental awareness, engagement, respect and stewardship, Seaquaria in Schools also optimizes multi-disciplinary learning between teachers, students, and the community. The Seaquaria are also very effective in fostering a passion for learning and critical thinking with students.
WestWind SeaLab Supplies created and helps to manage the program, with over 35 schools and community centres currently involved across BC, 21 of which are on southern Vancouver Island. Field components and liaison with other education programs have been built by WestWind through collaboration with teachers and the SeaChange Marine Conservation Society.
Another sponsor that plays a large role in keeping our aquariums healthy, by providing us with food for all of our animals. The various sea animals in our aquariums go through a lot of food and thanks to Piscine Energetics Inc., students are able to feed the animals all school year long. Piscine Entergetics Inc., provide us with frozen PE-Mysis shrimp, containing lots of beneficial plankton, to feed all the sea animals living in our tanks across all of our partnered schools. PE Mysis is a nutritionally complete fish food that is sustainably harvested from glackial lakes in Canada. The best part about using Mysis shrimp is that the shrimp are known to compete with salmon in the lakes and the harvesting of the shrimp has been found to be beneficial for the local salmon populations. If you are looking for a great food source for your fresh or salt water aquatium, or you want to learn more about the great things happening with Piscine Energetics, check out their website! http://www.mysis.com/
This project also builds teaching resource materials and creates an environmental education network to enable the broader application and development of the Seaquaria program and foster its integration with other related environmental education programs. For teaching resources that have been created and used by Seaquaria teachers, check out the link below!
Seaquaria in Schools has also facilitated many workshops for teachers and public educators, which gathers information and resources that can be used in the classroom and beyond!
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In partnership with School Districts #45, 61, 63, 64, 68, 46, 79, WestWind SeaLab Supplies, SeaChange Marine Conservation Society, Watership Foundation, Fisheries & Oceans Canada, Stream Team, UVic Pacific CRYSTAL Project, and McKenzie Veterinary Services
With support from Harbourside Rotary Club, Pacific Salmon Foundation, Vancity, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, WestWind SeaLab Supplies, HRSDC Canada Summer Jobs, and UVic Biology Co-op SLIP grant