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Project Webfoot, Part I: Training at Tantramar!

Last Monday, our Education Coordinator (Holly Pacey) and our Media and Promotions Coordinator (Michelle Lavery) headed to the Tantramar Wetlands Centre for Project Webfoot staff training.

Arriving at the Tantramar Wetlands Centre
Arriving at the Tantramar Wetlands Centre

Project Webfoot is a program for Grades 4 to 6 facilitated by Ducks Unlimited Canada that provides “the opportunity for students to apply their learning and connect with nature through safe, interactive and inspiring educational content both inside and outside the classroom.” Since 1997, DUC has reached over a half-million students, and this year there are over 300 Atlantic Canadian classes registered for the program. The program is delivered online and in the classroom, with many resources and lesson plans for teachers to take advantage of. DUC also partners with local wetland groups and sites to provide field trips at a reduced cost to schools by sponsoring classes and providing valuable training to local staff.

Falls Brook Centre has been a partner with Project Webfoot and DUC for over a decade, and each year we host over 400 students at our wetland! This year’s program staff include Holly (a seasoned educator), Michelle (a trained biologist), and Alex (our fearless renewable energy wizard and engineer extraordinaire).

Holly and Michelle went on a fact-gathering mission to Tantramar and came back inspired and invigorated!

An activity called “Migration Headache” encourages students to empathize with migrating birds and wildlife while getting active outside!
Critter dipping in the wetlands gives students hands-on experience with aquatic life, linking them directly to the health of the wetland itself.
Other activities, including bird-watching and interactive games, reinforce the importance of the wetland to the landscape and beyond.

In total, we estimate that our delivery of Project Webfoot will reach about 9 classes at 4 different schools in Carleton County, NB this year! We can’t wait to get started connecting young people with nature and teaching them about the importance of our wetlands for now, next year, and the future.

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