Local school kids get their feet wet

Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia – There is no better way to start learning about wetlands than through hands-on activities. That?s how local students from nine classes at Tumbler Ridge Elementary will spend ?Wetlands Day? on June 11, as they participate in Ducks Unlimited Canada?s (DUC) Project Webfoot Program.

Classes will explore pondlife, learn about the science of wetlands and participate in eco-games designed to show the benefits and importance of wetlands in their community under the guidance of a visiting team of DUC staff and volunteers.

Project Webfoot is an award-winning education program that includes in-class resources and a field trip to a local wetland. The program is being delivered in Tumbler Ridge as part of a sponsorship from Talisman Energy.

?Supporting education and children through Project Webfoot is a great investment in the community for Talisman,? says Michael Reid, Team Lead, Community and Aboriginal Relations for Talisman. ?Wetlands are important to all our communities and allowing students to experience a real wetland is a great way to teach that fact.?

Reid added that partnering with DUC on Project Webfoot was a natural fit because, ?we?re always looking for initiatives that directly benefit the entire community. We believe Project Webfoot is one of these.?

Jerry Brunen, head of education for DUC?s western region, echoes the importance of a hands-on wetlands program. ?We hope that these students will have a better understanding of wetland conservation and be able to make important decisions on the environment throughout their lives,? says Brunen.

Through Project Webfoot, students learn that Canada?s wetlands are essential to waterfowl, wildlife and people in the community. Wetlands filter our water helping to provide clean, secure water sources, provide environmental and societal value by moderating the effects of droughts, floods, climate change and erosion, offer tremendous recreation and learning opportunities for people of all ages, and have the potential to remove and store greenhouse gases from the Earth?s atmosphere.