We can’t all dive underwater and go face-to-face with the fascinating creatures that live in the ocean in the Pacific Northwest. That’s why the award-winning Ocean Wise AquaVan takes its mobile aquaria far and wide.
Between September 16 and October 9, 2019, the AquaVan’s four educators will take its popular denizens of the deep to visit some 2,600 students in elementary and secondary schools in Terrace, Kitimat and the surrounding area.
The Ocean Wise team will also visit Prince Rupert to participate in a community event on September 28, where children can share their AquaVan experience with their families.
“Providing youth with a hands-on learning experience in their own backyard is invaluable in creating stewards for our environment,” says Catriona Wilson, manager of Mobile Programs for Ocean Wise.
Ocean literacy is always on the AquaVan agenda, with programs that focus on how we, as humans, affect rivers, lakes and oceans. The topics discussed may include local history and regional environmental issues, with the objective of enabling students to become informed and active lifelong caretakers of healthy waterways.
First, participants in these programs will experience a “virtual visit” with Ocean Wise educators, allowing connections between them and other local students. They’ll learn about their responsibilities to our environment as individuals, as well as the obligations of their communities and governments to fight climate change.
The hands-on fun begins when the Ocean Wise AquaVan rolls onto the schoolgrounds, with its mobile aquaria alive with sea cucumbers, sea stars, sea urchins, crabs, sea anemones and other invertebrates. A classroom visit is one aspect of the interaction, but the students also don their rubber boots to check out local streams with the Ocean Wise educators.
On September 30th, youth in Terrace will also have an opportunity to share what they learned in a special Climate Communication Showcase.
The generous sponsorship of LNG Canada will allow the Ocean Wise AquaVan to visit these northern B.C. communities. Is the aqauvan coming to your community? See the full schedule of stops here:”
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AquaVan Schedule of Events
Sept. 17 Skeena Middle School, Terrace
Sept. 18 Ecole Mountainview or Mountain View Christian Academy, Terrace
Sept. 19 Thornhill Elementary School, Terrace
Sept. 20 ‘Na Aksa Gyilak ‘yoo School, Terrace
Sept. 24 Skeena Middle School & Parkside Secondary School, Terrace
Sept. 25 Suwilaawks Community School, Terrace
Sept. 26 Uplands Elementary School, Terrace
Sept. 27 Cassie Hall Elementary, Terrace
Sept. 28 Community event, Coast Mountain College (12 pm – 5 pm), Prince Rupert
Sept. 30 Kitselas Community Event, TBD
Oct. 1 Strong Start and Day Care students, Kitimat.
Oct. 2 Strong Start and Day Care students, Terrace
Oct. 3 Kitimat High/Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary School,
Oct. 4 Nechako Elementary School with Kitimat and Mount Elizabeth Secondary Schools, Kitimat
Oct. 7 Kildala Elementary School, Kitimat
Oct. 8 St. Anthony’s School, Kitimat
Oct. 9 Haisla Community