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March 9, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am PST

Esquimalt Gorge Waterway Nature House

World Fisheries Trust (WFT) has created a wonderful outdoor learning program that incorporates place-based, hands-on experiences for youth of all ages! Come join NatureKids for this exciting Explorer Day along the Gorge which includes an interpretive walk, with a guide, along the Gorge waterway and a visit to the Nature House to get up close and personal with some marine invertebrates.

WFT has created a 3D scale model of the Gorge watershed, which allows participants to learn about how human development and activity affects our water systems. By means of an interactive demonstration, they will explore the impacts caused by pollution, storm drain run-off, and pesticides use in our neighbourhoods. This session leads into a discussion about what each individual can do to reduce their impact on the environment, and to help improve stream and shoreline health.
The group will take a guided Nature Walk along Gorge Creek to learn about the history of how and why the creek was brought back to the daylight, and what impacts people have had on this fragile habitat. The guide will talk about the different kinds of native, introduced and invasive plants in the park, and the ongoing stream restoration projects that youth (and their families/friends) can get involved with.
We will also participate in a saltwater touch tank aquarium activity that provides a hands-on experience to learn about the local marine life through observation and exploration.  The touch tank may house clams, crabs, nudibranchs, oysters (including BC’s only native species) and mussels, and even critters that are found further out in the ocean (where the salinity is higher and the coast is a bit rockier) including sea stars, sea cucumbers, sea urchins and chitons.
This activity inspires discussion about environmental stewardship and links between First Nations cultures and their relationship with marine life.


March 9, 2019
9:30 am - 11:00 am PST

Explorer Day Etiquette:

  • Be prepared to HAVE FUN!
  • Pre-registration with your Club Leader is required for most Explorer Days (Friends are welcome if space permits).
  • Please arrive 5-10 minutes before the scheduled start time to ensure enough time for passport stamping and organization. Starting times are firm, and Leaders cannot wait for late-comers!
  • Please stay with the Leader and let them know if you are leaving early.
  • Children must always be accompanied by an adult guardian, who is responsible for their behaviour. Children consistently disrupting the experience of others may be asked to leave.
  • Bring appropriate weather gear, sunscreen, snacks, water, and other useful tools like binoculars, sketch books, cameras, and magnifying glasses.