Teams of young Canadian citizen scientists are heading out into the field this fall on a special mission.
Their task: to collect essential baseline data at local shorelines and contribute to scientific research that protects our coastal ecosystems.
Educators everywhere are challenged by the rapid and accelerating pace of change. Change that will profoundly impact the lives of their students and work opportunities available to them in the future. The Coastal Explorers Field School is helping science educators keep pace with the new reality, providing them and their students with alternative out-of-classroom learning opportunities linked to real-world scientific research.
Our Mission: to foster a new generation of data-literate young professionals and community leaders committed to stewardship of our coastal ecosystems and the sustainability of our coastal communities.
SCIENCE IMMERSION WORKSHOP 2023: A PROFESSIONAL LEARNING SERIES FOR SCIENCE EDUCATORS
JOB SHADOWING AT SEA: A CAREER EXPLORATION SERIES FOR INUIT YOUTH
EXPLORING COASTAL ECOSYSTEMS IN THE EASTERN ARCTIC USING eDNA
Projects in Development
AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES MONITORING USING eDNA
MONITORING MARINE MAMMALS IN THE EASTERN ARCTIC
CHECK BACK IN THE FALL. WE WILL BE FEATURING NEW AND EXCITING STORIES BY OUR PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS AS THEY HEAD OUT INTO THE FIELD IN THEIR RESPECTIVE LOCATIONS.
Students and their teachers will be engaged in collecting baseline data at their local shorelines. In doing so, they will be helping to protect our coastal communities and coastlines from the impacts of climate change and human activity. And importantly, they will be enhancing scientific knowledge of coastal changes by contributing valuable baseline data to scientists and policymakers.
Who We Are
What We Do
In collaboration with scientists, we develop and deliver professional learning workshops for science educators and local field staff. We equip them with the knowledge, tools, and technologies they need to deliver the programs to school groups and visitors at partner field sites.
Workshops are designed to help science teachers integrate the citizen science programs into the curriculum and their classroom teaching. Teacher collaborators implement the program with their students, increasing the reach and impact of our citizen science programs.
Since 2017, we have trained 80 pre-service teachers and over 50 in-service teachers from 30 schools, reaching over 2400 students in every region of the province. In Nunavut, a territory of Northern Canada in the Eastern Arctic, we are training 24 high school students from two pilot schools starting in the fall of 2023, with a goal of expanding the program to high school students in 13 communities in the Qikiqtani Region of Nunavut over the next five years.
Lead, Project and Partnership Development: Maria G. Giovannini, Coastlines Educational Consultants Inc.
Scientific Advisor: Dr Robert Gregory, Research Scientist, Coastal & Freshwater Ecology Section, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Program Evaluation and Impact Assessment: Dr Ross Elliott, Coastlines Educational Consultants Inc.
Partnership Development (EU – Portugal): Natacha Fudem
Digital Media Library: Antoinette Fekete, Coastlines Educational Consultants Inc.
Field programs linked to the high school curriculum have been developed in collaboration with science educators affiliated with school districts and departments of education in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador and in the Qikiqtani Region of Nunavut in the Eastern Arctic.
Collaborators include: Dr Jessica Bean, Director of Science and Outreach, FieldScope; Beverly McClenaghan, Senior Ecologist, eDNAtec, Centre for Environmental Genomics Applications (CEGA).