SEAS Community Initiative
OverviewThe SEAS (Supporting Emerging Aboriginal Stewards) Community Initiative is an educational program focused on utilizing new technology, experiential learning, and locally-relevant resources to connect youth with the lands and waters of their traditional territories. Piloted in the coastal First Nations communities of Bella Bella and Hartley Bay, SEAS has now expanded to include Klemtu and Bella Coola. The program uses interactive whiteboards, remote wildlife cameras, and outdoor natural history training to bring ecology and conservation to life and to cultivate a new generation of stewards and natural resource managers of the Great Bear Rainforest.
Technology in the ClassroomPacific Wild works with local schools to use new technology as a tool to engage youth in conservation and science. We install pan-tilt-zoom and underwater cameras at key points in the rainforest and marine environment and stream the footage into the schools. These remote cameras provide a window into wildlife ecology that is transmitted live to classrooms where the students can control the cameras with a click of the mouse (see Field Cameras for clips). Pacific Wild has also installed hydrophones and brings live audio of cetaceans into the schools.
As a part of the SEAS program, touch-sensitive, web-enabled interactive whiteboards (SMARTBoards) were procured for the two schools, enabling the development of interactive teaching modules and a video conferencing student exchange program. Pacific Wild helps in the development of educational modules that can be used with the SMARTBoards, in conjunction with the live feed from the remote cameras.
Check out a clip from the camera streaming live in the Bella Bella Community School this fall:
Outdoor Learning OpportunitiesSEAS also strives to bring youth outside the classroom and into the outdoors to connect with their environment, learn about conservation and natural history, and participate in research firsthand. During the school year SEAS organizes guided excursions for students in all grades led by local elders, naturalists, and scientists. Each summer, SEAS sponsors a conservation internship program for high school students. Pacific Wild collaborates with Qqs Projects Society to organize the program for youth in Bella Bella. By working with local scientists and visiting researchers, interns gain hands-on experience in biological research and resource management in their traditional territory. Watch a video about the 2011 program here or read about the interns’ experiences on their blog.
Watch a video about the 2013 SEAS sail training program here:
Pacific Wild's work on the SEAS Community Initiative is made possible with support from The Nature Conservancy, Vancouver Foundation, Mountain Equipment Co-Op, BBC, National Geographic, Pacific Salmon Foundation, and Canada Summer Jobs. Thanks also to the many generous individuals who provide support to this project.