The Sierra Club of Canada – Atlantic Canada Chapter’s Coastal Education Program will bring the seashore to you! It will give students a deeper understanding of the unique ecosystems of the Atlantic shoreline. Through participation in our hands-on, interactive presentations students will increase their ecological knowledge, acquire new stewardship skills and learn all about their role as Coastal Caretakers. Have your class join us as we use games, hands-on activities, slide shows, crafts and discussion to bring the Atlantic Coast right in your own classroom.
Check out more detailed sections below for the following grade level programs:
Grades Primary - 2: Coastal Treasure Chest
Grades 3 - 4: High Tide Habitat
Grades 5 - 6: Seaweed in our Icecream!?!
Grades Primary - 2
Coastal Treasure Chest
In Coastal Treasure Chest students will use their senses to explore the many treasures of our seashores – and will discover all about the plants and animals that live in our oceans and on the Atlantic Coast. Mi’kmaq stories related to the species of the coastal regions will be included. The students will realize the importance of their day-to-day decisions and the impacts they have on the environment. Students will find out what they can do to keep the planet clean and healthy as Coastal Caretakers.
Grades 3 - 4
High Tide Habitat
Grades 5 - 6
Seaweed in our Ice Cream!?!
Letter Requesting that Human Impacts on Oceans be Included in Assessing Ecologically Significant Habitats
Sierra Club Atlantic's Dr. Fred Winsor is participating in consultations to identify areas that are important in terms of their contribution to biodiveristy, uniqueness, and productivity off Newfoundland and Labrador (what the Department of Fisheries and Oceans referes to as "Ecologically and Biologically Significant Areas" or EBSAs). Fred wrote this letter to ask that the process of identifying ESBAs include the impact of humans on the ecosystems being studied, since some areas now depleted - such as fishing grounds near the Grey Islands off the Great Northern Peninsula - were formerly hotspots for the fishery - and could be once again with efforts at ocean food web recovery. The letter also gives a great historical overview of the European and Canadian fishery over the past five hundred years.
Attn: Nadine Templeman, DFO St. John's, Newfoundland
Dear Nadine Templeman:
We write as a follow-up to the meeting on Ecologically and Biologically SignificantAreas (EBSAs) held in St. John's, Newfoundland, October 23-25 2012. It was encouraging to view and hear the findings regarding Canada's ocean habitats off northern Newfoundland and the coast of Labrador. We view this as an ongoing process as we all strive to better understand the complex dynamics of our oceans.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 19, 2012
Charlottetown, P.E.I– Sierra Club Canada Atlantic Chapter has received support from the TELUS Community Board that will enable them to continue their youth mentorship program, Sierra Buddies, in PEI this fall.
The Sierra Buddies program guides youth to help make their schools and communities greener, while at the same time preparing them to be future leaders. Students at the Grade 10 level who have been trained and educated about environmental issues and concepts are paired up with Grade 6 students to share and spread their knowledge. ... Read more »
“I think this surprised people on how their footprint was hurting the Earth so much”
“The Sierra Club showed us how to care for and help the environment”
“This program was really cool! Good Job!”
“I liked the games we played”
“Keep up the good work, I had lots of fun”... Read more »
The following is a list of resources developed by Sierra Club Atlantic's Advisory Committee on Education of articles, books, and organizations working on Environmental Education
David Sobel - “Beyond Ecophobia” http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/education-for-life/803
David Orr- “What is Education For?” http://www.context.org/ICLIB/IC27/Orr.htm
Orion magazine - http://www.orionmagazine.org/
Canadian Journal of Environmental Education - http://cjee.lakeheadu.ca
Richard Louv- Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder
“Last Child in the Woods is the first book to bring together a new and growing body of research... Read more »
Water protection and conservation is a key issue in Atlantic Canada.
The Atlantic Chapter is active in key campaigns to protect lakes and ponds from becoming waste dumps for mines, stopping fracking from damaging watersheds and well-water, and educating people on reducing water consumption.
The water committee is action-oriented and focuses on engaging communities to protect their water through educational events, media, and research on key issues.
We meet on a monthly basis, and are always looking for new members to help us with our important work.... Read more »