Telling children not to pollute is easy, but teaching them the concepts about what happens when pollution enters water systems is the key to making the lesson stick, says Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre’s (SODC) Visitor Experience Director, Tina Kelly.
“A lot of children can have a hard time grasping the concept of the trickle down effect of our watershed,” explained Kelly.
“By giving them hands on activities, demonstrations and exhibits, they really grasp why it’s so important to keep our watershed clean.”
The SODC joined the Capital Regional District this spring to offer programming over spring break that is centred around the journey of water (and other liquids) that flow down drains and how pollution in our water cycle affects our watershed and the ocean.
“The CRD was great, they’ve given us lots of ideas for crafts and games and other hands on programming as well as they’ve provided prizes for some of the participants who come and join in on the programming,” said Kelly.
The SODC is also offering a green cleaning workshop over the break which will show visitors how to make their own cleaning products from watershed-safe products.
“Participants will even get to create and take home some of the products,” added Kelly.
The spring break Waterwise programming at the SODC runs until Sunday, March 23. Regular admission rates to the aquarium apply but there is no additional charge for participating in the Waterwise programming.
For more information and a full schedule visit www.oceandiscovery.ca/waterwise or call 250-665-7511.