Esquimalt ECO Champs Program
Are you ready to become an Esquimalt ECO Champ? This free, guardian involved, drop-in program runs on Tuesdays from 10:30am - 12:30pm, July 4 - August 15, 2017. It is specifically focused on teaching children to be ecologically focused and aware while providing a fun and inclusive learning environment. We will be learning through hands-on activities, presentations, speakers and sometimes, artistic expression, or just hanging out and learning about the parks in our community. This program is most suitable for 3-7 yr olds.
Schedule of events
|July 4||Gorge Park||CRD Watershed Education||Watershed Stewardship|
|July 11||Highrock Park||Compost Education Centre||Worms and Soil|
|July 18||Saxe Point Park||Peninsula Streams||Salmon lifecycle and scavenger hunt|
|July 25||Gorge Nature House||World Fisheries Trust||Nature House Education|
|August 1||Highrock Park||John-Bradley Williams||Traditional Knowledge - Food and Medicine|
|August 8||Saxe Point Park||Victoria Police||Alternative Transportation|
|August 15||Gorge Park||Capital Region Beekeepers||Bees|
Daily Event Description
July 4, 2017 - CRD Watershed Education Location: Esquimalt Gorge Park
“When rain fall from the sky where does it go?” Come find out and learn why that is an important question. Children and their guardians will learn about watershed stewardship, pull some ivy and earn your CRD Watershed Warden badge!
Facilitated by CRD’s Watershed Specialist, children will learn about ways you can clean, protect and enhance local watersheds.
We are so excited to welcome the CEC puppets Corey and Brownie who are coming out to teach about the compost cycle. They are bringing along their friends - real live worms that participants will build a home for while unearthing the ways that soil is part of the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the houses we live in.
July 18, 2017 Peninsula Streams Location: Saxe Point Park
Come join the Peninsula Streams Society as we embark on the educational adventure of a lifetime at Saxe Point! Children and their guardians will explore the natural world as they race to finish our scavenger hunt. There will also be a watershed model demonstration and what kind of an adventure would it be if we didn't play the Great Salmon Lifecycle game? Come on out, have some fun and learn a lot.
Joint the World Fisheries Trust at the Gorge Waterway Nature House for a "Your Watershed & You" program which involves a guided nature walk of Gorge Creek, a touch tank experience, watershed model demonstrations, and an introduction to water quality testing.
We are excited to welcome John-Bradley Williams, a W̱SÁNEĆ and Ahousat Nation ethnobotanist, storyteller, and knowledge keeper. Children will have the opportunity to walk with him through Highrock Park and learn about the environment from a different perspective.
We will be joined by a representative from the Victoria Police Department to talk about bike and pedestrian safety. Vehicle emissions are an ongoing environmental issue and one solution is to plan wisely and try to accomplish our tasks close enough to work and/or home that we can walk or ride. We know that utilizing alternative transportation is not only good for the environment, it is also good for our overall health and fitness. So, we want to make sure that if you are making healthy environmental choices that you are able to stay safe while doing so.
Bring your bike as we will be doing bike decoration, a small obstacle course and we will end the session with a bike parade.
August 15, 2017 Capitol Region Beekeepers Location: Esquimalt Gorge Park
Bees are a very important contributor to a healthy environment and are contantly under threat. Join us to learn about life in the hive and the importance of pollination for people and plants. An insect booth will also be available.