Over Spring Break, the Tribune Bay Outdoor Education Centre and Vancouver Aquarium joined forces to host a "Co-Creation Camp", a unique three-night, two-day program that focused on ocean literacy.
The Co-Creation Camp was attended by students selected and on bursaries from SD71 (Comox Valley) and Oak Bay High in Victoria as well as students from Vancouver who are also youth volunteers at the Aquarium.
The selected students were introduced to seven ocean literacy principles and then worked in teams to develop an activity, focused on one of the principles, that could be used Aquarium's online learning environment. Once created, the students uploaded their activity to the online learning environment and a test designed for peers. As a follow-up to the camp, some of the students' Co-Creation Camp ideas will be featured in the 2017 Aquarium's AquaVan 150: Connecting Communities to Coastlines national tour, with a mobile 'wet lab' visiting schools, camps and community groups from coast to coast encouraging and inspiring fellow students to care for Canada's natural heritage. The students also enjoyed Centre programs like visiting local tide pools, climbing, kayaking and hiking Helliwell Prov. Park to see the herring spawn and all the incredible related animal activity to the spawn.
By introducing these students to hands-on and digital learning about our oceans, the hope is to inspire these teens to continue learning about the oceans, the impact that humans have and what they can do to help conserve aquatic life.