Since 2006, Gr. 3 students in SD63 (and now SD61 also) have participated in our program of Watershed and Pacific Salmon Lifecycle education. This program is delivered to nine schools in the SD 63 (Saanich) region including Deep Cove, Sidney, Brentwood, Prospect Lake, Cordova Bay, Lochside, Keating, Kelset and the LAU WELNEW tribal school. In 2015 we expanded into SD61 with program delivery at McKenzie school with the hopes of expanding into further schools in subsequent years. Every year the program is delivered to over 500 students in total. This program is delivered in May-June. We visit each grade three class at their school to deliver a one hour interactive presentation, which is composed of two parts:
- Watershed Education and the Pacific Salmon Lifecycle. 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).
- 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.