As usual, Peninsula Streams did a fantastic job… I love the connection between the water cycle and the kids’ local environment here on the Peninsula. It just makes sense to them. That local connection really allows the kids to see the effects of pollution right where they live. Thanks again!
– Philip Jungen, Gr. 3 Teacher, Keating Elementary (June 2013)
Thank you for coming to our school and teaching the kids about watersheds, salmon, and all of the other issues that you covered. My students really enjoyed the sessions, and were very excited about the trees. Let’s hope that that enthusiasm results in a lower percentage of tree “fatalities” over the summer! 🙂
– Chris Bocking, Grade ¾ Teacher, Keating Elementary (June 2013)
And many thanks to you for bringing such a relevant, community-based learning program to Keating. The children were pretty serious about all of the information you shared….I could tell from their intense recount of the session that they really “got it”!
– Mary Lynn Heron, Principal, École Keating Elementary (June 2013)
Thank you for coming to our school and sharing your wonderful presentation, the students loved it!
– Monique Sam, Gr. 3 Teacher, LÁU WELNEW Tribal School (June 2013)
Since 2006, Gr. 3 students in SD63 have actively participated in watershed model activities, salmon life-cycle education, growing alder trees for riparian zone restoration, stream-side planting, and raising and releasing salmon fry. This program is delivered to nine schools in the SD 63 (Saanich) region. These include Deep Cove, Sidney, Brentwood, Prospect Lake, Cordova Bay, Lochside, Keating, Kelset and the LAU WELNEW tribal school. Every year the program is delivered to almost 500 students in total.
In May/June, we visit each grade three class at their school to deliver a one hour interactive presentation, which is composed of three parts: Watershed Education, Salmon Lifecycle and Tree planting.
In the watershed education component (30 mins) we use a large 6ft x 4ft waterproof wooden watershed model to demonstrate water cycle, watershed and pollution distribution and prevention principles. We currently have two models: the TenTen Creek Watershed model and the Tetayut Creek Watershed model (built in 2009). There are ongoing opportunities for skilled volunteers to help build additional models of areas not covered by the current two models.
In the second half of the presentation we deliver a 20 minute presentation teaching about the Pacific Salmon Lifecycle, after which the students participate in a 10 minute fun and fast tag game to demonstrate key concepts of the salmon life cycle and predator/prey relationships.
At the end of the 1-hr presentation we give each student a red alder seedling that they plant in a pot and care for over the summer, then plant at a restoration site with us in the fall. We plant the trees at stream-side locations on Chalet, Tetayut, Hagan, Reay and Tod Creeks.