EDUCATION PROGRAM

 

Fishing and Critter Dipping 

Note: This trip is only available between May 1 and Sept 1

 

Students are always excited to spend time fishing on the Hammond River. The HRAA has a blanket fishing permit that allows school groups to fish on the river. The students will be provided with all necessary equipment, and will fish from a variety of locations along the Hammond River.  

 

At each site any fish caught will be identified by the group, photographed, and re-released. At the end of the trip abundance and diversity of fish at each site will be compared and contrasted.  These differences will illustrate the relationship between biodiversity and different aquatic habitats. In addition, each fish caught will present a unique opportunity to discuss local conservation issues within a tangible context. For example, if a student catches an Atlantic salmon, this would lead to a discussion on salmon conservation, and what can be done to protect this endangered species.

 

While students enjoy time spent outside of their classrooms in nature, our intention is that they also develop a relationship with the river, and a desire to protect the environment. Anglers have always been important environmental stewards, and we believe that a fishing trip will bring out the conservationist in many students.

 

This lesson addresses curriculum outcomes from:

  • Environmental Science 120

  • Outdoor Pursuits

  • Biology 11/12

  • Science Kindergarten- Grade 5

 

 

Wetland Tour and Critter Dipping

Students will take a short walk to two aquatic sites within the park (river and pond).  At the river site, students will “critter dip” (use dip-nets and containers to collect as many animals as possible). After dip-netting is completed benthic macroinvertebrates will be identified to species using a dichotomous key.  The use of benthic species as indicators of water quality in environmental monitoring will be discussed. 

Next, students will take a short walk to an on-site wetland. HRAA staff will point out plants and features that are unique to wetlands. Within this wetland there is a pond where students will critter dip. The lesson will end with a group discussion of why wetlands are so important to water quality, flood control, and environmental conservation in New Brunswick.

 

This project will make students aware of their local water quality and the affect on the animals found in the river. This will generate benefits to the Hammond River watershed, and to other watersheds the students may encounter.

  

This lesson addresses curriculum outcomes from:

  • Environmental Science 120

  • Outdoor Pursuits

  • Biology 11/12

  • Science Kindergarten- Grade 5

 

 

Fly Tying

Hammond River biologists will visit classrooms and deliver a hands-on lesson.  Students will each get to tie their own fly, which they can use for fishing in the future. Fly tying lessons were delivered in the past and were very well received by students.  This is a unique opportunity to learn from an avid local fly-tyer.

 

 

Watershed Biodiversity Tour

Walking tours of the Hammond River Conservation Centre (HRCC) have been offered in previous years and have always been highly successful. The tours include: visits to a variety of watershed habitats (wetland, riparian zone, stream, river and historical farm land) within the Hammond River Park.  The walk is used as an opportunity for HRAA staff to point out tree/plant species, geological features, animals, nests and other ecosystem components that highlight local biodiversity. This exercise will illustrate the relationship between biodiversity and different habitats, and will initiate discussion on different watershed and environmental issues.

 

This lesson addresses curriculum outcomes from:

  • Environmental Science 120

  • Outdoor Pursuits

  • Biology 11/12

 

 

River Keepers

The Hammond River Angling Association (HRAA) is offering a new 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. 

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