Community Outreach

A busy CSR weekend as staff engaged in a variety of outreach activities.

1) Stephanie Richards had a booth and touch tank in Ladysmith at the 3rd annual First Nations Community Science Celebration hosted  by MISTIC, in partnership with Stz’uminus (Chemainus) First Nation, Snuneymuxw (Nanaimo) First Nation, Snaw’Naw’As (Nanoose) First Nation, School District 68 Nanaimo-Ladysmith and Science World BC, which is a family oriented community event that blends cultural teachings with the innovation of science and technology, and celebrates the science all around us!

2) Helen Gurney-Smith and Daphne Munroe presented at the BC Shellfish Growers Association meeting in Lund and;

3) Brian Kingzett with Fisheries and Aquaculture Staff attended the Fanny Bay Enhancement Society’sThe River Never Sleepsfestival on Rosewall Creek.

Visit us at our big booth next week at the Deep Bay Harbour Festival where the VIU Culinary institute of Vancouver Island and CSR will be serving shellfish and we’ll be providing lots of information about the Field Station project.

CSR Booth

A few more photos from the River Never Sleeps Festival and the First Nations Community Science Celebration after the jump.

River Never Sleeps Festival
River Never Sleeps Festival

River Never Sleeps Festival Crowd near the barbecues. Tents in the background include a variety of other enhancement societies in the area.

Smolt release

River Never Sleeps Festival FBES provided children with individual smolts from their hatchery to release into Rosewall Creek. Very cool for kids.

Fish Painting

River Never Sleeps Festival Big Fish were provided for kids to make fish prints.

VIU Fish/Aqua Booth

VIU’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Program had their booth at the River Never Sleeps Festival. Students from the program work with a variety of these enhancement groups as well as operating their own enhancement hatchery.

First Nations Community Science Celebration

The Community Science Celebration included demonstrations, displays and activities that focus on the positive impact that science, technology and innovation has on First Nation communities and the region’s economy.  The celebration stimulates science education, and encourages First Nation students to embrace Traditional Ecological Knowledge, see value in science studies and consider science and technology career options, while the community gains awareness of and celebrates local success, creating a strong foundation for future science based community activities.

2010.04.24 Ladysmith Science Fair 6

The CSR display included photos and updates on the progress of the new field station in Deep Bay, information on the upcoming FLOW – Future Leaders on the Water summer youth program and a touch tank with live animals from local waters  – which was a big hit with everyone!

2010.04.24 Ladysmith Science Fair 1

The event drew over 1,000 students, teachers, parents and the general public to the Stz’uminus First Nation Community Centre in Ladysmith to participate in traditional science activities and see Science World shows.

2010.04.24 Ladysmith Science Fair 2


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