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Pop-up Event At B.C. Campground Teaches Children About Ecosystems

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Ferry Island Campground was crowded on Tuesday afternoon with curious children wading through the water to find bugs, snails, and reptiles, a report said.

Children aged five to twelve were treated to fun ecology lessons thanks to Christine Slanz’s efforts and her team of summer students Casey and Ella, who organized a pop-up event in nature-science by SkeenaWild Conservation Trust.

Ferry Island’s pop-up was the third of the summer series which took place at various locations, such as Furlong Bay Farmers Market and Skeena Valley Farmers Market.

The Terrace Visitor Centre hosted the last nature-science event on August 26th, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.

Slanz, who is the education coordinator for SkeenaWild Conservation Trust, stated that “educating children about the ecosystem they live in and understanding how everything interrelates will help them become stewards of the future.”

She said that children will be more aware of the natural world when they see fish, toads, and frogs next time they walk along the trail.

Slanz stated that bugs were a major attraction at Ferry Island’s pond for children and that the team was focusing on aquatic macroinvertebrate research.

Slanz explained that caddisflies found in areas like Howe Creek can indicate a healthy ecosystem.

A bug section was also established by the team near the pond. Children could bring back bugs that they found to the station. On-site water quality testing was also done using litmus papers and dissolved oxygen levels. Turbidity testing was also performed to determine the murkiness.

Slanz, who has been running programs based on science in the northwest since 2006, said that children love these programs.

She said, “One of my favorite quotes that I heard from one child when they were learning about the aqua ecosystem was, “I didn’t know there wasn’t so much life here,” the report added.

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