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Ocean Wise has combined our expert knowledge in ocean science, our ongoing research, and passion for the ocean to bring you Ocean Literacy Courses. These interactive and comprehensive online classrooms are perfect for educators and students to deepen their understanding and appreciation of the ocean.

These online courses are free, self-directed, and interactive for students in grade 3 to 12, and anyone who is interested in learning more about the ocean. Students can take the course at their own pace, and earn exciting badges for every accomplishment they make throughout the course.

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At the FRDC, we understand that some educators may not be able to attend or feel comfortable with physical field trips in the post-COVID school year. In response to your concerns, we are developing outreach kits that educators will be able to borrow to extend the learning of classrooms in a safe way. 

To develop these programs, we need your help! Please fill in our educator survey to tell us what you need from an outreach kit, or email us your comments to programs@fraserriverdiscovery.org.

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(K-3) Prior to European colonization, Indigenous peoples got what they needed from the land and water around them. Indigenous people have relied on salmon since the fish became abundant in the Fraser River about 5000-6000 years ago. They used native plants for food, medicine, building materials and more. This program explores the connection between Indigenous people, salmon, and the broader Fraser River Basin. Students experience the movement of salmon, storytelling and oral histories, and the many uses of native plants through an Indigenous perspective.

This program is divided into:

  • Introduction to program, centre and rules Outside (5 minutes)
  • Read aloud P'ésk'a and the First Salmon Ceremony (20 minutes)
  • Stations (20 minutes each)
    • Salmon Life Cycle and Migration (An acting game where students envision themselves as migrating salmon)
    • Build a Plant (Understand traditional Indigenous uses for local plants, and invent a possible new plant)
  • Film (Salmon origin traditional Indigenous oral stories) (20 minutes)
  • Conclusion (5 minutes)

For more information, visit our website or email us. 

Online booking form here

 

*In the 2020-2021 school year, this program may be available for in-class outreach, with an educator and all the materials coming to your school in-person. To provide us with more information on what you would like from in-class outreach, fill in our survey

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90
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Connect Students with the wonders of the ocean without having to leave the classroom.

Students will join one of our expert educators through live video conferencing in an inquiry-based discussion about a topic of your choosing. Using visual props and multimedia resources, students will utilize their creativity and critical thinking to explore the ocean. Core competencies in critical thinking, communication, creative thinking, and responsibility may be achieved through the Virtual Aquaclass Program. Big Ideas differ per grade.

Standard programs are $90 per 45-minute sessions and include a Q&A time between students and our expert staff. Choose from our wide variety of programs. This program is customizable upon request* to address specific interest and needs of each group. All programs are available in English or French.

 *additional costs may be required for customizations

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(Grades 4-7) Students discover the importance of trade and economics in their own lives. Through games and activities, students learn about trade on the Fraser River, global trade, and supply and demand.

Key Messages:

  • We are all connected to the Fraser River through our lifestyles (Recreation, culture, economic, environmental)
  • The Fraser River connects the Canadian economy to the rest of the world, which allows us to have the items we want that do not come from Canada.
  • The Fraser River is a gateway from BC to the world, to transport natural resources that support the Canadian economy.

This program is divided into:

  • Introduction: Outdoor Introduction to the Fraser and PowerPoint Presentation (20 minutes)
  • Stations (20-minute stations)
    • Peer Market (Supply and Demand modelling game)
    • Transportation Detective (Shipping method problem solving math activity)
    • Global Trade Game (Resource trading card game)
  • Conclusion (10 minutes)

For more information, visit our website or email us. 

Online booking form here

 

*In the 2020-2021 school year, this program may be available for in-class outreach, with an educator and all the materials coming to your school in-person. To provide us with more information on what you would like from in-class outreach, fill in our survey

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Half Day
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(Grades 2-5) Through experience and roleplay, students learn how industries take on the responsibility of spill clean-up on the Fraser River, and learn about their connections to the use of resources.

Key Messages:

  • We all have a responsibility to care for the environment.
  • Taking preventative steps is important for preventing accidents.
  • Currently, in Canada we all use materials that can be harmful if not used properly.
  • Companies try their best to be preventative and our government imposes rules on them to help, but we still must be prepared for the accidents that will inevitably happen.

This program is divided into:

  • Introduction Outside (10 minutes)
  • Puppet Show with Oscar (10 minutes) 
  • Stations (20 minutes each)
    • Spill Response Drill (Role-play problem solving activity demonstrating the roles of different groups during an oil spill)
    • What Do We Use Oil For? (Exploratory activity investigating household objects made from oil)
    • Secret Item Game (Matching game and discussion about imports and exports in BC)
  • Conclusion (10 minutes)

For more information, visit our website or email us. 

Online booking form here

 

*In the 2020-2021 school year, this program may be available for in-class outreach, with an educator and all the materials coming to your school in-person. To provide us with more information on what you would like from in-class outreach, fill in our survey

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Half Day
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2, 3, 4, 5
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(Grades 6-9) Follow each step of the scientific method to conduct a water quality investigation. During this 2 hour workshop students observe and become curious about the Fraser River, do background research, construct hypotheses, test their hypotheses by doing experiments, analyze their data, draw a conclusion, and report their results. Students determine whether the current temperature, pH, and turbidity will or will not be above acceptable levels for salmon survival.

This program is divided into:

  • Introduction Outside (5 minutes)
  • Observe and Conduct Background Research
    • Observe the Fraser (outdoor observation and water sample collection 20 minutes)
    • 5-minute transfer to upstairs exhibit gallery
    • Background research (10 minutes upstairs exhibit search, 10 minutes presentations)
    • Construct hypotheses (10 minutes)
  • Stations (25 minutes each)
    • Turbidity Testing Station
    • pH Testing Station
  • Conclusion (10 minutes)

For more information, visit our website or email us. 

Online booking form here

 

*In the 2020-2021 school year, this program may be available for in-class outreach, with an educator and all the materials coming to your school in-person. To provide us with more information on what you would like from in-class outreach, fill in our survey

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Half Day
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6, 7, 8, 9
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(Grades 4-7) Explore local Indigenous People's connections to the environment by comparing traditional salmon fishing tools, and learn how Aboriginal people preserve their culture from two local elders who share oral histories through a storytelling film.

This program is divided into:

  • Introduction to program, centre and rules Outside (5 minutes)
  • Salmon Origins Storytelling Film Theatre (20 minutes)
  • Introduction in Theatre: (10 minutes)
  • 2 Stations (25 minutes)
    • Salmon Fishing Tools and Methods (Hands-on inqury of traditional Indigenous fishing tools)
    • Wind-drying Salmon (Exploration of the method used to dry salmon in the Fraser Canyon, and a workshop on sharpening traditional slate knives)
  • Conclusion Theatre (5 minutes)

For more information, visit our website or email us. 

Online booking form here

 

*In the 2020-2021 school year, this program may be available for in-class outreach, with an educator and all the materials coming to your school in-person. To provide us with more information on what you would like from in-class outreach, fill in our survey

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90
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4, 5, 6, 7
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(Grades 2-5) Determine how personal choices have environmental consequences by "polluting" a model of the lower mainland and brainstorming alternatives to common pollutants. 

This program is divided into:

  • Introduction to the Centre, Program and Rules (5 minutes)
  • PowerPoint Presentation (10 minutes)
  • Activities (25 minutes each)
    • Pollution Model and Solutions to Pollution (exploration of our hands-on model of non-point source polution in the Fraser Valley)
    • Water Conservation Station (Matching game of water saving tips)
  • Video: Journey of the Blob (10 minutes)
  • Conclusion (5 minutes)

For more information, visit our website or email us. 

Online booking form here

*In the 2020-2021 school year, this program may be available for in-class outreach, with an educator and all the materials coming to your school in-person. To provide us with more information on what you would like from in-class outreach, fill in our survey

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90
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2, 3, 4, 5
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(Grades 4-7) Explore the economic and technological exchanges between local Indigenous people and early European settlers during the fur trade and become archaeologists as they dig for artifacts that represent key events in the development of BC.

This program is divided into:

  • Introduction: PowerPoint Presentation (20 minutes)
  • Stations (20 minute stations)
    • Archeology Dig (dig in our archeology sandbox for artifacts and explore what those artifacts mean for BC)
    • Archaeologist’s Journal (sketch artifacts and make inquiries into their purposes based on archeological data)
    • FRDC Trading Post Game (consider value of objects for explorers and Indigenous people in developing BC in a Deal or No Deal inspired competition)
  • Conclusion (10 minutes)

For more information, visit our website or email us. 

Online booking form here

 

*In the 2020-2021 school year, this program may be available for in-class outreach, with an educator and all the materials coming to your school in-person. To provide us with more information on what you would like from in-class outreach, fill in our survey

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90
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(Grades K-7) Assess the survival needs of white sturgeon with a special focus on evaluating human impacts on the environment. The program includes hands-on stations about sturgeon life cycle and anatomy, and a sturgeon survival game focused on the habitat needs of sturgeon in the Fraser River.

This program is divided into:

  • Introduction to the Centre and Program Content (5 minutes)
  • PowerPoint (15 minutes) 
  • Stations (20 minutes each)
    • Anatomy and Life Cycle (Explore the life cycle stages of the river sturgeon with our life sized model and perserved samples)
    • Sturgeon Survival Game (Consider the obstacles in the different stages of a sturgeons life with this consequence judgement game)
    • Station #3 is Age Dependent
      • Felt Board Habitat (K-2) (Explore and create a narrative story around the life of sturgeon)
      • Water Testing (2-3) (Use the scientific method to test a water sample taken by the class from our boardwalk)
      • Tagging Lesson (3-7) (Role-play as marine biologists, using the math inquiry that they would to learn more about sturgeon)
  • Conclusion, Theatre (10 minutes)

For more information, visit our website or email us. 

Online booking form here

*In the 2020-2021 school year, this program may be available for in-class outreach, with an educator and all the materials coming to your school in-person. To provide us with more information on what you would like from in-class outreach, fill in our survey

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It's a full day with dazzling live science demonstrations, galleries packed with exhibits, and the option to add on an exciting workshop or breathtaking OMNIMAX film. All our offerings support the BC curriculum. Visit www.scienceworld.ca/fieldtrips to review all options and find out how we can meet your needs.

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