On May 11th, Project Watershed is looking for volunteers, especially those who identify as seniors or elders, to help Grade 2 students from Arden Elementary plant native species around the Airpark and learn about the ecology and history of the area. On May 10th, volunteers are also needed to plant salt marsh and assist in gathering dune grass for students to plant the next day. The salt marsh planting and dune grass gathering will be done near the Royston Wrecks. “We have some salt marsh plants left over from our last plant near the Royston Wrecks and know that the area has healthy populations of dune grass. We saw this as an opportunity to do two things at once.”stated Dan Bowen, Project Watershed Technical Director.
This event is part of our new initiative to engage seniors in environmental education for elementary students. “We see this project as a way to pass on a culture of stewardship from one generation to the next; keeping the information, and our local environment, living.” stated Paul Horgen, Chair of Project Watershed.
The funds for this project come from the New Horizons for Seniors Program and the Peninsula Coop. Over the next few months we will be working with seniors to create and pilot education materials, field trips, presentations and other activities focused on our local environment. These materials will be tailored to fit with the new BC Curriculum and will be made available to teachers and other educators for the 2017/2018 school year.