SCHOOL WATER STEWARDS IN THE NANAIMO REGION: “The program provides grade-appropriate curriculum-linked lessons and stewardship activities connecting students to our local freshwater resources and associated ecosystems,” stated Linda Brooymans, Stewardship Coordinator with the Nanaimo & Area Land Trust, and a panel member for the Blue Ecology Virtual Seminar on November 18, 2021

NOTE TO READER:

Over a 2- hour period, the Blue Ecology Virtual Seminar is structured in three parts: 1) a set of context presentations by a 4-person panel; 2) a conversation among the four panelists; and 3) audience questions to the panel. Linda Brooymans will speak to Nanaimo region experience in delivering watershed education for youth.

The seminar is an evening event, beginning at 7PM and concluding at 9PM on November 18, 2021. The seminar will be delivered through a combination of Zoom and YouTube to create a legacy resource.

School Water Stewards Program

“In late 2017, NALT was approached by Judith Tye, a grade 7 teacher at Coal Tyee School in Nanaimo, and challenged with devising a way to include a marsh adjacent to the school grounds in the stewardship education of the students,” stated Paul Chapman, NALT Executive Director, when he explained the story behind the story of School Water Stewards program developed by the Nanaimo & Area Land Trust (NALT).

“After workshopping the idea at a school Pro D day, we then obtained funding through the Job Creation Partnership Program, co-funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia to implement the School Water Stewards project. This allowed us to bring together a team to develop and deliver the lessons that comprise the curriculum.”

Connecting Youth to Nature

“Now embedded as a core component of NALT outreach and education, the School Water Stewards program provides grade-appropriate curriculum-linked lessons and stewardship activities connecting students to our local freshwater resources and associated ecosystems. Students will spend their time with our team getting to know their local streams and wetlands and helping to improve or enhance its ecological health through stewardship actions,” continued Linda Brooymans.

“We are excited to offer this program for free, which can be delivered to any interested classes in School District 68 or 69. In addition to providing a series of core lessons to enhance understanding about freshwater ecosystem health and function, we will support the class in stewardship activities such as:

  • invasive plant mapping and removal,
  • storm drain marking,
  • riparian planting and native plant propagation,
  • amphibian monitoring,
  • water quality and/ or hydrology monitoring,
  • Nest box building,
  • salmonid habitat assessments of  a reach or section of a local stream.”

“It is our hope to foster a culture of stewardship through our program by giving students as many opportunities as possible during their time at their school to learn about and explore their local streams and wetlands.”

To Learn More:

Click on the image below and download a copy of the Program Brochure for the Blue Ecology Virtual Seminar.

TO REGISTER: Go to https://www.civicinfo.bc.ca/event/2021/Blue-Ecology-Seminar.