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SEAQUARIA-LED EDUCATION PROGRAMS

 

World Fisheries Trust is proud to offer a wide variety of engaging, experiencial 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

 

BOOK A PROGRAM

Simply email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the following information:

  1. Your name and school
  2. Age/grade of your students
  3. The program you’re requesting (or let us know if you are requesting a custom program!)
  4. Any availability restrictions or preferences
  5. Any other special requests/questions

 

PAYMENT

You will be sent an invoice at least two weeks before the program takes place. Payment can be mailed to our office or brought to the program. We accept cash, cheque and credit card payments. Please note that a 2% service charge applies for all credit card payments.

 

 


 

IN-CLASS PROGRAMS

Tips for a successful in-class program

The Sensational Sea

Pre-school – grade 2

Cost: $100 (1 hour)

Full program description & curriculum links

 

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.

 

Biodiversity of Marine Ecosystems

Grade 3-5

Cost: $100 (1 hour)

Biodiversity of Marine Ecosystems is a classroom-based program designed to introduce students to the role the every living things has in marine ecosystems. From plankton to barnacles to whales, we cover it all! 

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 Adaptations and Classification

Grade 5-8

Cost: $200 (2 hour)

 

Marine Classification and Adaptations is a classroom-based program designed to introduce students to scientific classification, evolutionary adaptations through natural selection, and inquiry based scientific discovery. Student will fill out a worksheet while cycling through six differnt phyla stations to discover just how these animals are uniquely able to thrive in the ocean. 

In this program, students will:

 

Identify common marine animals from Vancouver Island’s waters;

• Learn that living things can be classified by phyla, and animals of each phyla have features in common;

• Understand the different types of adaptations (morphological, behavioural; and physiological) that marine animals have evolved through the process of natural selection;

• Discover the unique adaptations of each marine animal to its unique habitat and lifecycle, including strategies for locomotion, feeding, defense, and reproduction;

• 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

     

NATURE HOUSE PROGRAMS

Tips for a successful Nature House program

 

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

Tips for a successful beach program

 

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.