Wetland Wetlab: The Secret Life of Water Bugs

Wetlands help filter vast amounts of water, sequester carbon and are critical habitat for a diversity of critters! Join Emily and Ria for a wet and wild entomology lesson as you observe the wacky adaptations of LIVE freshwater insects. Learn about insect morphology, life cycles, how they play a critical role in wetland food-webs and how they can indicate wetland health. We'll show you how easy (and cheap) it is to take your class to a local pond or creek, get bug-hunting and learn applied scientific field-skills.

Target Audience

Elementary (K-5), Middle School (6-8)


9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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  • Galiano Conservancy Association
    Emily Francis

    The Galiano Conservancy Association is an environmental not-for-profit organization based on Galiano Island, BC. We have engaged over 38,500 participants in our hands-on, environmental education K-12 field-trips, post-secondary field schools and teacher professional development workshops. We seek to spark curiosity and inspire a love of nature by giving youth memorable experiences and learning opportunities in topics such as: marine biology, forest ecology, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, climate action & more!

    Visit us in-person for a single day field trip or stay overnight at the Millard Learning Centre. We also offer Zoom "wetlab" sessions (like the one you'll preview in our workshop) and we are piloting our "Native Plant Influencers" Grade 8-10 e-course in the Fall of 2021. This botany and herbalism focused e-course comes with shipped materials to make your own wildcrafted "Forest Tea" and "Survival Salve".

    Program & Transportation bursaries available for students & classes in need of financial aid!


  • Galiano Conservancy Association
    Ria Okuda