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Day Camp for budding ocean scientists at Britannia Shipyard

By Lorraine Graves

Published 4:54 PDT, Thu June 15, 2017

July 10 to 14, the Ocean Adventurer camp will offer six to nine year-olds a week of hands-on fun and learning at Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site on the Fraser River waterfront.

From marine biologist, Dr. Elaine Leung, the campers will learn everything from how sea mammals use sound waves to navigate and the impacts of manmade underwater noise to discovering how some commercial fishing practices can damage marine species through by-catch and net entanglements.With hands on activities, the young scientists will explore sustainable seafood practices, plastic pollution’s effect on oceans, lakes and rivers as well as the impact of waste water, storm drains and ocean acidification.

According to city spokesperson, Ted Townsend, “Through fun, hands-on activities, beach combing and games, children will learn how even just one person can make a difference and that every effort at home and in the community can have far reaching effects.”

The camp will share the historic site’s Seine Net Loft, with the new exhibit, Our Coastal Connection, which highlights water stewardship and educational initiatives.

Register using course code 2015088 one of three ways: online; by calling the Registration Call Centre at 604-276-4300, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; or in-person at Britannia’s Visitor Centre (5180 Westwater Drive).

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