Sunshine Coast Elder College

Fall 2019

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.

We have three sessions planned – one to a salmon spawning site at the Pender Harbour Ocean Discovery Station, one to the Nicholas Sonntag Marine Education Centre in Gibsons and finally a lab class to be held at the Ruby Lake Lagoon Society. In each case we will meet at 9:15 at Capilano University in Sechelt and take the Wood Duck Bus to the location. The order of these 3 classes will be determined based on salmon spawning, and you will be notified in advance.


Three Mondays, Oct. 28, Nov. 4 and Nov. 18

No Class Remembrance Day November 11


Each session, 9:15 a.m. to noon

Meet at CapU for the start of each session

Location Various

Lee-Ann Ennis

Course fee $36.75 (GST incl.)
Additional Charges approx. $15 – 20 (depending on Age)