Summer Camp Recap

Its hard to believe that the summer almost over but its been a fantastic one filled with messy fun, experiments, adventures and so many wonderful campers. Check out the pictures below for a few of the highlights from our summer camps so far!

We do have a few spots left in our last two days of summer camp. August 25th is for ages 6-8 and August 26th is for ages 9-12. Call us at 250-740-6611 to register or for more information.

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Campers learned how to make fish printed t-shirts. Gyotaku, the art of fish printing, apparently started as a way for fishermen in Japan to record their catches but it is also a fun way to learn about fish and create beautiful art.

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Our overnight summer campers from the Hupacasath First Nation showing off their fish printed t-shirts.

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Field trip to Crome Island Lighthouse. We saw petroglyphs, watched baby seals, picked plums and taste tested desalinated sea water. Thanks to Leslie and Roger for the tour!

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Squid dissection time!

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We don’t let our dissected squid go to waste. VIU culinary student Melissa gave our campers a lesson on cooking calamari!

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Testing the final product. It was delicious!

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The pond is full amazing animals. We took some nets and magnifying glasses on our pond walk to see what we could catch.

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Dragon fly nymphs and other neat macro-invertebrates collected during our pond dip.

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Crab races on the beach. Turns out that the biggest crabs aren’t always the fastest.

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Have you ever noticed that the ocean doesn’t freeze over even when our lakes do? Salt water freezes at much lower temperatures than fresh water. This property of salt water also allows us to make ice cream at camp! Campers learned how to make super cold ice water to cool our ice cream by adding salt to the ice. Our salty ice water was -10°C while our fresh ice water was 0°C

Ice Cream

There was some pretty intense ice cream shaking going on.

Night Aquarium

Overnight campers checking out all the activity in our aquariums at night. Many of our fish our more active at night! For more information on overnight programs for community and school groups call Claire at 250-740-6609.

Summer Camps at Deep Bay Marine Field Station!

There are just a few summer camps left at The Station this summer! We have some awesome activities planned including making fish printing t-shirts,  pond dipping, and model boat making.  Register early as space is limited.   Take and advantage of our August special and register for a reduced price of $50/day.  See below for more information.

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Spring Break Campers aboard The Chetlo!

Tea by the Sea

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Join us for high tea including a delicious selection of sandwiches, pastries and other goodies prepared our chef 11:00 am – 2:00 pm every Tuesday!

Tea includes admission to the Station. Enjoy stunning views of Baynes Sound, and tour the Station to learn about marine science through colourful exhibits, a large public aquaria and touch tanks teeming with marine life collected from BC waters.

Proceeds from Tea by the Sea benefit Deep Bay Marine Field Station’s education programs.

View the Menu.

Please reserve at least one day in advance.

Call 250-740-6611 for reservations.

Music by the Bay Concert Series

Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra

Summer 2014
Doors open at 5:30
Dinner 6:00 pm
Cost: $60

Tickets available at:
Deep Bay Marine Field Station, Bowser BC
The Salish Sea Market, Bowser BC
Milner Gardens, Qualicum Beach BC
or by phone at 250-740-6611

Local musicians will perform a delightful mix of music while guests enjoy breathtaking views of Baynes Sound and feast on a sumptuous buffet dinner, prepared by resident Red Seal chef Lila Ruzicka.  See below for more information about each concert.

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A Cornucopia of Musical Temptations

Over the years, we in the Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra have played a lot of delicious music, so when we’re asked to play a concert of this sort — something lighter, sweeter, perhaps less ‘challenging’ to the ear (although not necessarily for our fingers!) –, we look at what new goodies have turned up in our library, as well as reviewing some old favourites.  You’re likely to hear everything from the stirring Theme from Downton Abbey to a jazzy Joplin waltz; then, maybe one of Vivaldi’s timeless depictions of changing seasons, or the wild gypsy passion of Bizet’s Habañera or a Brahms Hungarian dance, from the indescribable beauty of a single movement by Mozart or Bach followed, perhaps, by themes from Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean or Harry Potter movie scores, and so on…!

So, whatever your taste, we’ll likely play something you already know and love, PLUS you have a very good chance of walking out of our concerts actually whistling something you may never have heard before, just as they did in the days when live performances were the ONLY performances!

Grey Whale exhibit one step closer as remains exhumed from Beecher Bay

Yup, we did it – check out our preliminary timelapse above. and more information below Read the rest of this entry »

First ever Foraging for Shellfish Class



Our first foraging for shellfish class was a great success!  We had a wonderful time digging for clams, shucking oysters, gathering sea asparagus and discovering many amazing animals on the shore.  Highlights of our afternoon at the beach included a gathering huge bounty of shellfish to take home, holding slimy moonsnails and eating the freshest oysters you can find.  We were hardly ready to leave the beach when it came time to head inside but Chefs Lila Ruzicka and Debbie Shore delighted us with an interactive cooking demonstration and an amazing shellfish feast paired with local wines.  Guests enjoyed clam chowder, baked oysters with creamed leaks and bacon, and many more delicious dishes.  Thanks to all those who came out, foraged on the beach, got dirty and helped make the day a great one.

We have a few spaces left in our next foraging event on June 28th!   To make reservations or for more information please call 250-740-6611.
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#VIUWhale update – more than 100 bones sold!

Enthusiasm for our whale project is picking up speed and as of today we have sold 112 bones to individuals and companies who are now partners in this exciting project. Above- a shot from when we prepped the whale carcass for burial in 2010 Read the rest of this entry »


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