This project supports the partnership between the Champney’s West Heritage Group (CWHG) and the Public Education Program (PEP), Ocean Sciences Centre. Champney’s West is a community of approximately 65 permanent residents, located on the Bonavista Peninsula. Together the CWHG and the OSC established (7 years ago) and maintain a marine public aquarium that is a dedicated 60 x 40 ft building on the waterfront in CW in immediate proximity to a safe shoreline. The aquarium consists of a public viewing area with 14 tanks of various sizes (including touch tanks) holding a range of specimens such as large fin fish (salmon, cod, etc) and numerous invertebrates (starfish, crabs, etc.). CWHG owns and maintains a facility that serves its mission while Memorial University is able to use the facility to provide learning experiences that far surpass what can be offered at Logy Bay. This partnership is a win-win scenario. We project will include opening the aquarium for one day free of charge to visitors, a nature printmaking workshop, and a field trip to explore the intertidal biology.
Champney’s West annually mounts a celebration weekend that includes various activities including the well recognized “card board boat” races when a 1000+ spectators line the wharf and roadways to watch and attend other activities. The boat races will occur on Sun Aug. 7, 2022. We propose to capitalize upon the large number of visitors in the area and open the aquarium to the public free of charge on Sat. Aug. 6, 2022. In addition, a workshop will be offered involving that ancient art of gyotaku (i.e. printing fish). We will use frozen capelin captured earlier in the season. Each participant will have the opportunity to create one or more impressions of a fish on paper that they will be able to take home. A further activity will be a field trip along the local coast line to collect various live (e.g. periwinkles, crabs, sea weeds) and washed up specimens (e.g. sea urchins, egg cases, feathers). Specimens will be returned to the teaching laboratory at the aquarium and identified. In addition, the instructor will discuss how the specimens fit into the local ecosystem and the impact of human activity on the ecosystem. All activities will be open to all ages.