Environmental Ambassadors Summer 2019

By: Fennie Easton van der Graaf

When was the last time you went to the beach and looked for red seaweed? What about for sea stars? Crabs, jellyfish, animals you can’t name – they’re patterning BC’s coastline. Hiding between rocks, grappling onto algae, inside sea animals, you’ll also find plastic litter. 

As a Science Educator at Sea Smart, I had the unique opportunity to encourage kids to appreciate our marine life, and to protect our oceans. We are outdoors all day exploring our shoreline and intertidal zone, developing early marine biologist skills. The kids make unforgettable experiences on Acadia Beach that they then use to inspire their parents, teachers, friends to reuse more, throw out less.

My BSc is focused in chemistry, so my highlight was teaching about ocean acidification. The kids get the chance to connect increasing carbon dioxide levels in our air with loss of invertebrate life in our oceans. Throughout my BSc I was an academic researcher, and so I loved inspiring the kids to consider STEAM as a career interest and to support their critical thinking and public speaking. The kids were challenged to develop an environmental action proposal for their ‘Ocean Awareness Projects’. I am so impressed with how the kids convinced their peers to make lifestyle changes that benefit the environment.

Overall, thank you so much to Sea Smart for this incredible experience and to our volunteers and kids! One voice can make a difference. Together we can make a change.

These students found the most garbage from our shoreline clean up.

These students found the most garbage from our shoreline clean up.

We found a crab in the intertidal zone!

We found a crab in the intertidal zone!

Interested in your children or your class becoming environmental ambassadors? Check out our 2019 fall after school programs here: https://seasmartschool.com/after-school-programs

 
Sea Smart students explaining their Ocean Awareness Project about the need for more shoreline clean ups to protect marine life.

Sea Smart students explaining their Ocean Awareness Project about the need for more shoreline clean ups to protect marine life.

 
 
 
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