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Spring quickly turns to Summer

Monday, September 14th, 2009

 

Our 2009 Spring Program recently came to an end, with the last classes visiting on June 3rd.  Though a slight decline in visitors from the previous year, 56 visiting classes kept everyone busy, particularly the 105 wetheads who volunteered their time so soon before exams.  Check out the pictures in our photo gallery.  A huge thanks goes out to all those who helped out with the program (wetheads, teachers, community members, and University students).  

 

 With school coming to an end, TWC prepares for the summer with the hiring of 3 summer interns.  The area needs much maintenance through the summer, along with research (purple loosestrife, water quality, and breeding birds), and the planning of a week-long summer camp.  Drop by for a tour! (Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:00pm).

Wetheads featured in MacLean’s Magazine

Monday, April 20th, 2009

cover of MacLean\'s Magazine

In the April 20th, 2009 edition of MacLean’s Magazine, an article features the TWC’s Wetheads titled “Wetheads – ambassadors for marsh conservation”.  This article is attached below, featuring quotes from former wethead, Brandon Hicks. 

 

 

 

 

 

And the winner is….

Monday, April 20th, 2009

 

Team Corixidae - Winners of the Great Canoe Race 2009

Survivor Wetlands (Spring Training Day) was held on Saturday, April 18th and was a huge success!  There were about 60 participants (including Tantramar Regional High School students, teachers, and members of Ducks Unlimited Canada) and were divided into 4 teams: Corixidae (the Water Boatmen), Nepidae (the Water Scorpions), Gyrinidae (the Whirligig Beetles), and Dytiscidae (Predaceous Diving Beetles).  After participating in 5 activities (Migration Headache, Wetland Benefits, Touch Boxes, Birding, and Critter Dipping), teams were ready for the final challenge, the Great Canoe Race!  It was a close race, but in the end team Corixidae (pictured above) won the trophy. 

 

A huge thank-you to all who participated and helped make this training day possible.  Now students are trained and ready for the Spring Program visitors starting the first week in May. 

Survivor Wetlands

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

2008 Survivor Wetlands winners - Team Ardea

Spring is one of the busiest seasons at TWC since it is the time of year when we deliver our “Wonders of Wetlands” program to approximatley 2000 Grade 4 students from New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.  This program is delivered in partnership with Ducks Unlimited Canada under their “Project Webfoot” program, where they provide teachers with resource materials about wetlands and the opportunity to take their class on a wetland field trip. 

 

In order to deliver this program TWC depends on the leadership of the Wetheads.  Each year TWC holds a training day for the Spring Program (Survivor Wetlands) where Wetheads are split into teams (tribes) to learn the different activities.  After much fun and good food, the winner of Survivor Wetlands is determined by the final challenge – the Great Canoe Race!  Last year’s winners were the tribe Ardea, pictured above.

 

TWC hosts “Celebration of Community Support”

Monday, June 5th, 2006

On Friday May 26, TWC and its Wetheads hosted an Open House to celebrate a recent funding announcement from NSERC’s PromoScience program and to pay tribute to the many individuals and organizations from the local community who have contributed to the success of the Centre. Over 40 invitees were on hand to view a program in action, tour the site and learn more about TWC during a short presentation followed by a reception. The rain held off helping to ensure a great day for the students from Frank L Bowser school who visiting that day and for the Open House participants. A special tribute was paid to Sackville’s Pat Estabrooks for her many efforts on behalf of the Centre.

TWC holds annual “Survivor Wetlands” Training Day

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006

Sixty Wetheads and teachers gathered at TWC on Saturday, April 29th as the Centre held its annual “Survivor Wetlands” Training Day. This day of fun, sun, good food and friends serves as a tune-up for the Project Webfoot Program TWC delivers on behalf of Ducks Unlimited Canada throughout May and June.

Participants competed for points in their ‘Survivor tribes’ as they rehearsed the delivery of those Webfoot activities visiting students will participate in during their visit to TWC.

The final event of the day was the Great Survivor Canoe Race that featured even more thrills and spills than in previous years. The victorious tribe for 2006 was Canis. They were simply awesome!

Project Webfoot about to “lift off” at TWC

Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

Spring is here and the Tantramar Wetland Centre is gearing up for a busy couple of months. Between May 2 and June 22 we are expecting close to 2000 visitors! Over 1000 of these will be participating in the Project Webfoot program that we deliver on behalf of Ducks Unlimited Canada. So don’t delay and book right away to experience wetlands with the Wetheads of TWC. Hope to see you here.

TWC returns to District 10

Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

two pricinpals

Based on the feedback from District 10 teachers participating in workshops provided just prior to Christmas, the TWC-LSF team was invited back to St. Stephen by District Staff to work with science and social studies teachers over a two-day period. The first day was devoted to teaching about Environmental Stewardship in grades 6, 7 and 8 followed by a Project WET workshop for high school teachers. We want to thank Brenda Logan, District Supervisor, for her efforts in making these sessions possible and for her efforts on our behalf. We also appreciated greatly the enthusiasm of the teachers who attended. Thanks, folks.

Winter “Team Wethead”

Sunday, January 29th, 2006

team wethead

Wetlands in Winter, TWC’s award-winning program for visiting schools gets underway in February. This experiential program for all grade levels teaches through hands-on experience, the importance of wetlands even in the coldest months of the year.

Visitors will head out onto the marsh by snowshoe to sample the aquatic life thriving beneath the ice and to examine a wide varitey of tracks and scat left behind by our winter residents.

The Wetheads who ‘run this show’ recently gathered on the weekend to prepare the equipment and review the key components of the program. We are all looking forward to another exciting winter in the wetlands, so call now to make arrangements to join us.

On the Road Again: TWC visits School District 14

Friday, January 20th, 2006

TWC in partnership with Educating For Sustainability in NB “touched down” in Woodstock in January to deliver two workshops for District 14 teachers. The first session focused on the water, soil and habitat units in the elementary curriculum and provided teachers with an opportunity to explore a variety of hands-on classroom activities and resources. The theme of the second day was Environmental Stewardship. This activity-based workshop, for middle school teachers, focused on empowering young people to become environmental stewards. We want to thank our hosts from School District 14 and the wonderful group of teachers who participated.