Environmental Fun Day 2016!

On Friday, June 10th, we had 102 grade 5/6 students from Gulf Shore Consolidated, Central Queens Elementary, and a local homeschool group join us at Rackham’s Pond for the 7th annual Environmental Fun Day which WRIG plans in partnership with the Hunter-Clyde Watershed Group.  Even though we had a bit of rain in the morning the event was a great success!

The students rotated through six different educational stations and filled out their ‘Fun Day Passports’ after each presentation.  Our presenters came out from the PEI Invasive Species Council, Bedeque Bay Environmental Management Association (BBEMA), the PEI Department of Communities, Land and Environment, and the Cornwall and Area Watershed Group.  The students learned about invasive species, electrofishing, water chemistry, healthy forests, wildlife identification, and songbirds and amphibians.  We also had a presentation by Jamie Stride with Island Falconry Services at lunch which everyone thoroughly enjoyed.

It was an excellent day and we are grateful for our wonderful presenters, all the great volunteers that came out to help, and the fantastic students and teachers that joined us!

 

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Each of the students were able to take home a native tree to plant.

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Students at the Electrofishing station taking a look at the fish.

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Jamie Stride from Island Falconry Services gave us a presentation during our lunch break.

2013 Adopt A River Days!

Last week, Rackham’s Community Pond was a flurry of activity as eager young minds set out to explore the aquatic ecosystem of the stream below the pond.  WRIG and HCWG invited the French and English grade 7 and 8 students from St-Augustin and Gulf Shore Consolidated to participate in the Adopt-A-River program, provided by the Bedeque Bay Environmental Association.  The event was held over two days, to allow for the program to be offered bilingually. The first day had 26 students in attendance from the English grade 7/8 class from Gulf Shore. There were also several grade 9 students in attendance as part of their efforts to win an award from the RBC Evergreen Watershed Champions program (Good luck Grade 9’s – we’re rooting for you!). The second day, the program was presented in French (where possible) <<j’adopt un cours d’eau>>, and was attended by 35 students from the grade 7/8 class of St- Augustin and the 7/8 French immersion of Gulf Shore Consolidated.

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The days were broken into two sections, a morning Field session, during which students assessed a section of stream for physical, chemical, and biological indicators, followed by an afternoon lab component spent analysing the chemical results, and sorting the macro invertebrates collected during the morning field session. A mid morning Snack was provided by the WRIG and HCWG groups, and bussing was billed to them as well. We enjoyed nice weather on both days, and the students showed good focus and excellent enthusiasm for learning about their river system, and why different factors are important for the survival of aquatic life.

 

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Adopt A River Days 2013 – Students learning about water chemistry

From WRIG and HCWG: A huge thank you to our students and teachers for their participation with the program, and also to our vibrant volunteers who gave their time and expertise and helped make the days interesting and informative!

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2012 Winter Woodlot Tour – This Saturday!

The Wheatley River Improvement Group Hunter–Clyde Watershed Group and PEI Model Forest Network Partnership present the 2012 annual Winter Woodlot Tour.  Sleigh rides, forestry demonstrations, snowshoeing, winter wildlife talks, refreshments – and there’s no charge.

The general public are invited to attend the 2012 Winter Woodlot Tour, a chance to get outside and take part in exciting and interesting winter activities for the whole family.  This is being held right next door in our neighbouring Hunter-Clyde watershed.

 

WHEN:        February 4th, 2012  from 9:00AM ’till 1:00PM

WHERE:     148 Hazel Grove Road / Rte 228, located just off of Route 2, west of Hunter River, PEI
Here is a map: http://g.co/maps/hxtpj

Last year’s Winter Woodlot Tour, held in the Chapel Creek Watershed ( a Wheatley River sub ) on the Buffalo Road in Rustico, was a great success with over 500 people attending. This year’s event will have free sleigh rides and a snowshoe trial, as well as a host of interactive interpretive events. There will be experts from the Department of Agriculture and Forestry on hand to help answer your questions regarding forests, wildlife and watershed management.

This will be an opportunity for the whole family to learn more about Island forests and watersheds, discover how people manage our resources, learn about how to make the most of your own woodlot and the importance of our natural environment to the Island’s economy and rural communities.

– Snowshoe trail, with equipment to borrow

– Chainsaw clinic, with maintenance and cutting advice

– Island winter wildlife, with woodland mammals and raptors, plus a live falcon

– Hardwood thinning demonstration site, plus programs for small woodlot owners

– Maple tapping and how to make maple syrup

– Free sleigh rides

– Free hot apple cider

There is no charge to attend this special event; refreshments and basic amenities will be provided

For more about this event please contact WRIG’s Norman Dewar 569-9115,  HCWG’s  Andrew Lush on 964-2272 or PEIMFNP’s Greg Ridgway on 368-6653.

If it’s storming, call us or visit this page to see if we’ve delayed until the following Saturday.

 

2011 Environmental Fun Day – A HUGE Success

One hundred and twenty grade 5 & 6 students from 3 local elementary schools visited Campbell’s Pond in New Glasgow on Friday, June 3rd, for our 2nd annual Watershed Environmental Fun Day.

With 6 bilingual presentation sites to visit, students were kept busy and engaged with nature through interesting displays and activities provided by this years EFD partners and volunteers;  The Wildlife & Forestry Divisions of the Dept. of Environment, Energy and Forestry,  The Sierra Club, The Bedeque Bay Environmental Management Association, Island Falconry, Island Nature Trust, The PEI Salmon Federation and the PEI Model Forest Network Partnership.

The Wheatley River Improvement Group and the Hunter-Clyde Watershed Group wishes to thank everyone who shared the day with us at Campbell’s Pond:  Allie & Chuck, Jon & Stephen, Jackie & Shannon, Gerald & Jamie, Sam & Quinton, Todd and Gerard, Jen, Beverly & Ashleigh and especially the amazing students and staff from L’école Saint Augustin, Central Queens Elementary and Gulfshore Consolidated.

Click here to view photos of EFD 2011