The Squamish Watershed Society has completed another successful school program! This year the program was held in the beautiful Squamish estuary, right where the Squamish River meets Howe Sound. With Shannon Falls rushing in the background, over 500 kids were lead through 4 stations emphasizing the interconnectedness of all life within the estuary. For the … Continue reading

Across the Lower Mainland: 2016 Wetlands Institute

Did you know that up to 70% of wetlands have been lost in settled areas of Canada? In the Lower Mainland the number is even higher. Between 1827 and 1990, over 85% of wetlands were lost, mainly due to agriculture and development. With Metro Vancouver’s population expected to rise to 3.4million people by 2041 (that’s … Continue reading

Vernon Community School learns how to map in their own backyard wetlands

The BCWF Wetlands Education Program team traveled to Vernon to deliver a Map our Marshes workshop to 50 excited grade 7-9 students at the Vernon Community School. Students had no problem keeping up to the workshop despite that we usually deliver Map Our Marshes to university and adults groups. This workshop fit Vernon Community School’s philosophy that “encourages … Continue reading

Update on KLO Middle School: Painted Turtles and fish will soon settle into a new naturalized creek and wetland complex

In 2010, students at K.L.O. Middle School in Kelowna found nesting painted turtles in their long jump sand box. Michelle, (science teacher, school’s Eco Club leader, and past participant of the Wetlands Institute in Kamloops 2010) recognized the importance to protect and enhance this habitat as Painted Turtles are blue listed endangered in the interior. Wetlands … Continue reading

Building a Schoolyard Wetland: Kinnaird Elementary, Castlegar

The BCWF’s Wetlands Education Program headed to the West Kootenays to build a schoolyard wetland at Kinnaird Elementary in Castlegar.  With the help of the Grade Sevens we constructed a liner wetland over two sunny days last week! There were several steps involved in building a liner wetland: Excavate a hole with gradual slopes, 40′ … Continue reading

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