Sunshine Coast Elder College

Fall 2018

Citizen Science and the Marine Ecosystem


Oceans cover 70% of the Earth’s surface and the marine environment supports a vast biodiversity of life, from bacteria and plankton to forage fish and baleen whales. This course will introduce you to a selection of the citizen science projects taking place on the Sunshine Coast and the contributions they make to understanding and conserving the marine ecosystem. Participants will learn about the work being done, mostly by volunteers, to monitor the health of the Strait of Georgia, Salish Sea.

The course will start with a classroom session at CapU campus, including direct examination of marine invertebrates. The other sessions will be guided field trips — to the Nicholas Sonntag Marine Education Centre in Gibsons, and to a site on the coast to witness chum salmon spawning, as monitored by the Pender Harbour Ocean Discovery Station (PODS).


Dates 3 Tuesdays,  Nov. 13 to 27
Times 10am – noon
Location Capilano University, Sechelt Campus and off – site

Lee – Ann Ennis

Course fee $36.75 (GST incl.)
Note: Additional charge of about $15 for entry fee and bus