At the roots of environmental stewardship lies environmental education. Environmental education provides people with opportunities to connect and learn in nature. Spending time in nature has proven physiological benefits such as stress reduction, improved creativity, and greater ability to concentrate. Children who are encouraged to play and learn in nature develop greater cognitive abilities and overall physical well being. The natural connections that environmental education fosters also fosters natural values, which motivates environmental stewardship. For these reasons, the SRWS is committed to the promotion of environmental education.
River Estuary Education Program
The River Estuary Program is a curriculum based k-7 program that the SRWS developed in 2006 and in partnership with School District #48 we have been delivering to over 500 participating students annually. Through the integration of community based environmental stewardship and education the Squamish River Estuary Program encourages participants to understand and appreciate the fundamental role that salmon play in our local ecosystem. The program is a key outcome of the Squamish Salmon Recovery Plan. The program incorporates a teacher training component to support in class environmental education, with classroom field days that are facilitated by community watershed leaders.
Squamish River Estuary Program Curriculum Based Resources: