Metchosin BioBlitz: Tools
The Metchosin Biodiversity Project and its sponsor, the Metchosin Foundation, have developed tools to help both young and old Metchosin residents monitor the natural environments of homeland. This page describes and provides access to these tools.
As part of a series of 2016-17 initiatives to help increase awareness of the natural environmental among the young people of Southern Vancouver Island, the Metchosin Foundation launched a nature cards project. Teachers from local schools, when interviewed about their instructional needs, expressed an interest in a set of cards for classroom use that would have pictures and descriptions of everyday local organisms. The Foundation set up a project team of photographers, naturalists, and educators to develop the cards. The team included (in alphabetical order) Danny Buchanan, Beverly Hall, Kem Luther, Andy MacKinnon, and Moralea Milne.
Teachers wishing to make alternate use of the pictures and text on the cards are welcome to download a zip file containing the pdfs of all 50 cards. Here is a list of the organisms depicted in the cards set and the 50 key botanical terms that are contextually defined on the cards. The list contains the cards in four orders: by common name (card number order), by scientific name, by botanical grouping (tree, shrub, etc.), and by key term introduced.
2-D Maps of School Areas
The Metchosin Foundation and District of Metchosin have collaborated to provide Metchosin's two schools, Hans Helgesen Public School and Westmont Montessori, with maps of their school grounds, surrounding areas, and nearest regional parks. Both schools explore the parks closest to them (Witty's and Devonian) for nature education. Teachers at the schools expressed an interest in having detailed maps that show their school grounds and the relationship of these grounds to the parks.
There are four maps. Electronic images of these maps can be downloaded as JPG images. The maps are: