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“Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime.” — Lao Tzu. We believe the same can be said for choosing to live an environmentally sustainable life, but figuring out just how to limit our impact on the oceans can be a tricky thing. That’s why the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre is excited to offer a new Youth Environmental Leaders Program to do just that.
This spring break, youth aged 13 to 16 years old can join our educators, scientists, and specialists during five days of hands-on learning that explores our effects on our ecosystems. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to work with the conservation and education leaders at the Vancouver Aquarium alongside other youth in a fun and inspiring environment.
Youth environmental leaders can look forward to investigating how marine debris gets into our oceans and the dangers it poses for aquatic life, such as the recent incidents of sea lion entanglements along the coast of British Columbia. While exploring the impact of climate change on our Arctic, youth will also discover their personal carbon footprint and what they can do to shrink it. They will also dive into rockfish research currently happening in Howe Sound, discover why populations have declined, and what we are doing to get them back. At the end of the experience, youth will have the confidence and knowledge to take direct action towards conserving aquatic life and creating a healthier planet.
So what are you waiting for? Become one of our Youth Environmental Leaders this spring break and start taking action towards conserving our natural world through hands on activities and behind the scenes opportunities.
Not old enough for our youth program but still interested in spending five days exploring the Aquarium and learning about animals, their habitats and how to protect them? Check out our AquaCamps program for children 4 to 12 years old.