MABR Youth Program

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The Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute (MABRRI) has been awarded funding to run a Youth Program in the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region (MABR) beginning in 2019. This program is designed to teach students the importance of environmental, social, cultural, and economic sustainability on a local scale.

The MABR Youth Program will incorporate hands-on activities and outdoor field trips to provide experiential learning opportunities. There are two main workshops that instructors can choose from that investigate coastal or terrestrial ecosystems; workshops will suit either elementary or high school students. The program is available to any school or organization within the MABR cost-free. However, each class will be responsible for their own transportation to the described destinations. The workshop durations discussed below are approximations and materials can be modified to suit your classroom’s availability.

Coastal Workshop:

The coastal workshop will explore the connection between humans and aquatic ecosystems. Topics covered include the role of local watersheds, local water pollution, biodiversity, marine food webs, and human impacts in the MABR. The workshop includes a presentation, classroom activities on marine food webs and water pollution, and a trip to Deep Bay Marine Field Station to interact with local marine species in touch tanks. Total workshop duration is approximately 4 to 5 hours.

Terrestrial Workshop:

The terrestrial workshop will explore local biodiversity, ecosystem services, and environmental sustainability. Topics covered include flora and fauna, food chains, connectivity, and human impacts in the MABR. The workshop includes an informative classroom presentation, classroom activities on soil types and food webs, followed by a field trip to a predetermined forested area where students will participate in a few activities, including a scavenger hunt where they will search for local flora species. Total workshop duration is approximately 4 to 5 hours.

If you have any further questions or know of a class interested in participating in a workshop, please contact Haley Tomlin, MABRRI Project Coordinator, at haley.tomlin@viu.ca or (250) 753-3245 (local 2802).