Taking the Pulse of the Fraser

Last updated on
Saturday, August 1st, 2020
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Program Description

(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)

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*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

Big Ideas
  • Everyday materials are often mixtures.
  • Multicellular organisms rely on internal systems to survive, reproduce, and interact with their environment.
  • Earth and its climate have changed over geological time.
  • COVID Precautions
    With the continued safety and well-being of our visitors, staff and volunteers the highest priority, we have developed a safety plan in accordance with WorkSafeBC guidelines. Our COVID-19 safety guide can be found on our website: https://fraserriverdiscovery.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/WORKSAFE-BC-FRDC-COVID-19-SAFETY-PLAN-Final.pdf If you have any concerns about visiting the center that are not addressed in the safety plan, please email or call us and we can work together to make sure that your visit is a safe one.
    Trip Details
    For Grades: 
    6, 7, 8, 9
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    Times Offered: 
    Half Day minutes unless otherwise stated.
    Maximum Students: 
    Offered In French: 
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    Fee Details
    Cost Per Student: 
    Cost Per Adult: 
    Fee Notes: 

    Program fee is $7 + GST per student, minimum charge of $84.00 per booking. Adults are free. Fees are due one month before the program booked date. Please contact us about delayed payment options

    Additional Notes

    Program includes 20 minutes outdoors to observe the Fraser and collect the water sample. This is a two hour workshop.