Eco-Logic - Lifecycle of the Atlantic Salmon (All Grades)
The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to students on the lifecycle of the endangered Atlantic Salmon. Classes are provided with tanks and equipment, as well as salmon eggs, which they will raise and then release. It is generally geared towards grades 4,5 and 6, and introduces topics such as habitat, ecosystems, and lifecycles. The program provides context for understanding these topics as they relate to maintaining overall watershed and ecosystem health. During the process, students get to see the eggs that they raise hatch and develop into fry, before they are released back into the wild.
Eco-Logic - Introduction to Fly Tying (Middle School & High School)
This course provides an introduction to fly tying, its history throughout the ages, the equipment and materials needed, and the important connection to nature. Learning about different fishing flies will allow the students to better understand bugs and insects that naturally occur in their surroundings, as well as fish habitats and diet requirements. This course also provides a foundation for conservation on how to fly fish correctly, and how to choose the right equipment and hooks, to ensure that they are not harming fish. Classes are provided with kits that contain individual packages of materials needed to tie different patterns of flies, as well as instructional videos and fun worksheets.
Eco-Logic EcoSafari (High School)
The purpose of this course will provide an introduction to ecological terminology and concepts will be essential to lay the groundwork for further exploration of these topics. Hammond River Park be sufficient in providing visual examples of local ecosystems to help demonstrate these concepts. Students will learn classification systems and nomenclature with respect to trophic levels in ecosystems (classify organisms as producer, consumer, autotroph, heterotroph, decomposer, herbivore, carnivore, omnivore, saprobe). Students will learn how to relate habitat loss to the endangerment or extinction of plants and animals; identify a variety of local and regional habitats and their associated populations of plants and animals, and students will be encouraged to consider their own ecosystems and how energy flows through them. The delivery of this program will be done by providing a video and audio commentary, featuring elements from the Hammond River Nature Park. Your class will also be provided with various work sheets, encouraging them to apply what they have learned in the educational video. Lastly, students will be encouraged to participate in a BioBlitz, by using the iNaturalist app on their phones, to take pictures of flora and fauna and document their natural surroundings both at home and at school.
River Keepers (Middle School)
The Hammond River Angling Association (HRAA) is offering a program for middle school students. Designed specifically to meet Grade 6, 7 and 8 science curriculum outcomes, Riverkeepers, will engage students in both scientific data collection and environmental protection. Riverkeeper classes will be assigned a stream to study and care for in 3 phases:
1. Education – An in-class lesson about their stream will highlight the relationship between wildlife health and water quality.
2. Application - Each class will visit their stream and use “Water Rangers kits” to conduct a water quality and habitat analysis, under the guidance of HRAA staff.
3. Action - Students will help protect the environment by cleaning up garbage at their stream section. (This can happen on the same day as the water quality testing)
Results from water quality analyses will help the HRAA in their continued water quality monitoring efforts in the Hammond River Watershed. Students will get experience with scientific equipment and monitoring. This project will benefit wildlife and will help to form a generation of students with a greater appreciation for habitat conservation.
The HRAA will provide all materials and lessons free of charge. Schools will be responsible for the costs of bussing.
Our project is funded in part by the New Brunswick Wildlife Trust Fund. This Wildlife Trust Fund obtains a portion of its revenue from the purchase of conservation plates by New Brunswick residents who are interested in conservation. Seven dollars ($7) from each conservation plate purchase goes into that fund annually. These funds are awarded to projects such as ours by the Minister of Natural Resources following review and recommendation by an independent board of 17 volunteers. Revenue from license plates is critical in furthering conservation efforts in our province so please consider purchasing conservation plates with your next car purchase to enable the NB Wildlife Trust Fund to continue to provide financial support for worthy projects.