Locally Based Environmental Education Resources Available During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Our resources can be found at https://projectwatershed.ca/glacier-to-estuary/. They include lesson plans, activities, experiments, colouring pages, short educational videos and presentations. Please note that due to social distancing field trips are not available at this time. We do have our Signs of Abundance Tour, which pairs ecological information with locations around the estuary, and our Interactive Estuary Map. A mapping activity, The K’ómoks Estuary Map Quest, has been created for the Interactive Map and is tailored for students in grade 3 to 6.
For younger minds with even busier hands, Hand-in-Hand education is posting educational games and activities for preschoolers on their website https://hand-in-handeducation.com/kid-friendly-nature-activities/.
The best part about all these resources is that they are actually available sans pandemic so you can access them anytime! If you have a great learning activity and want to share it with others please let us know and we may be able to post it to our resources page.
Have fun learning about our incredible local environment!
Christopher Smith of Glaskrafter Art Glass is generously donating the proceeds from a selection of his beautiful kiln glass salmon sculptures to the Kus-kus-sum project. In fact, he has already donated $1,600 to Kus-kus-sum for a sculpture bought in August.
We were finally able to hold the Paintings, By The Numbers event on Sept 12, 2020. The event raised over $25,000 for Kus-kus-sum and despite the fact that it was very different than we had planned preCOVID, it turned out to be a success.
Nikki Wright from Seachange Marine Conservation Society and Maria Cantazaro from the Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF) visited our kelp research site at Oyster River and our saltmarsh projects. Maria is a researcher working for the PSF on a report looking at the importance of nearshore, habitat connectivity and estuarine habitat to Pacific salmon.
Join us on September 26th as we participate in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. The cleanup will occur on the Kus-kus-sum property and the adjacent Hollyhock flats area. We will start at 10am and go til about noon.
The World Wildlife Fund has released a variety of resources for both professionals and citizen scientists researching forage fish. This includes a spawning survey guidance document, as well as QEP and Citizen Scientist sampling methodologies and data sheets.
NIC biology students are getting a unique opportunity to help with an important forage fish research project, thanks to a partnership between NIC and Comox Valley Project Watershed.
The Kus-kus-sum project that Project Watershed is spearheading will not only create habitat for fish and wildlife, help mitigate climate, and increase green space, it will also help our community put reconciliation into action.
This video follows a forage fish field day, from sampling to the counting of eggs, in the late fall of 2019.