Clam garden project gets NSERC funding boost

June 26, 2014
Students investigate the intertidal zone on Russell Island, Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

Audrey Dallimore, associate professor in the School of Environment and Sustainability, has received $20,000 from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) PromoScience program to support her Learning by the Sea project.

The project engages Aboriginal youth, communities, and the public to connect with science by studying First Nations’ mariculture techniques. Scientists reconstruct, monitor and evaluate an ancient clam garden feature in the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve (GINPR), while PromoScience funds support hands-on, scientific learning and training opportunities for Aboriginal youth, outreach events and multi-media products.

Learning by the Sea capitalizes on the cutting-edge research and outreach experience of GINPR and Royal Roads University researchers, staff and faculty, who provide instruction, science content for presentations, personnel, equipment and logistical support.

Next month, the research team runs clam garden science and nature camps for Hul’qumi’num youth and Royal Roads students at Fulford Harbour, Salt Spring Island, and will collaborate at the Bamfield Marine Station with University of British Columbia researchers for lesson plan development about the cultural and scientific significance of clam gardens.

Save the date for a Learning by the Sea celebration and community outreach event at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre in Sidney, B.C. on Nov. 6.