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All programs are now available for booking at the subsidized rates listed.

This school year, the first 200 teachers to become CBEEN members were guaranteed one complimentary program! If you have an active CBEEN teacher membership from the fall, you can still redeem your complimentary program with bussing reimbursement up to $250.

At the present time, we are no longer distributing complimentary programs for new members, however, all programs are available for booking at the subsidized rates listed.


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A Day with Aquatic Macroinvertebrates (half-day)

Program Cost$250.00
TypeHalf Day Field Study
Duration3 Hours
Contact This Presenterjaner.lavender@gmail.com

About the Program
Aquatic Macroinvertebrates introduces students to the impacts of pollution and the importance of good stewardship of our natural waters. 

In the schoolyard students play a game of tag to simulate the effects of environmental stressors on macroinvertebrate populations. Discussions include tolerant vs. intolerant species and why they are that way. Students will explain how population diversity provides insight into the health of an ecosystem. 

In the field, students will then conduct either a simulated bio-assessment of a stream by sampling aquatic macroinvertebrates. By learning the process by which macro invertebrates are assessed, results are recorded and Pollution Tolerance Indexes are determined.

About the Community Educator
Jane Gao has a B.Sc in Ecology and Conservation Biology from UBC.  She has worked as a field biologist throughout Coastal and Interior BC. Her work has mainly focused on plant ecology, ethnobotany and aquatic ecology. She is currently educates for an outdoor environmental education program in the North Kootenay Lake area. She is also a homesteader.

Yunjie Gao

Organization: Little Mountain Chickadee, Outstanding In Nature

Title: Biologist & Homesteader

Address: Argenta, BC

Tags:Ecosystems / Wildlife, Water
Seasons:Spring, Summer, Autumn
Grade Levels:Intermediate (4-6)
School Districts:Independent, SD8


See 1 testimonials.
"Jane was extremely well prepared, very engaging and had strategies to keep the class on task and safe went out by the river. Her hands-on activities were really fun and the information she shared was accessible and interesting to the whole range of students I have (K-7)." - Sarah Keenan

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