KOHWEECHELLA (Bowker Creek)

Our second Living Lab trip of the summer was June 13. We went to a restored section of Bowker Creek next to Oak Bay High and learned about water testing, stream restoration, and biodiversity sampling. We gathered samples and identified organisms with the help of microscopes.

Testing water quality and restoration with stream biodiversity at Bowker Creek with Oak Bay High School. High School students learned about water quality and traditional land-use practices, part of the eco-cultural curriculum and place-based learning of LivingLab. This trip was made possible the help of University of Victoria Post-Secondary students and staff, as well as NSERC PromoScience and the Horner Foundation.
Water quality is an important indicator of ecosystem health. On our trip, students were able to collect water samples from Bowker Creek, and see the impacts of restoration efforts on the stream. Students also had the opportunity to learn about the rich cultural history of the area, and the importance of maintaining high water quality.
Ecocultural learning of water quality and restored stream biodiversity with Oak Bay High School, Songhees Nation and UVic University of Victoria, on traditional Lekwungen territory. This trip is part of the eco-cultural curriculum and place-based learning of LivingLab. This trip was made possible the help of University of Victoria Post-Secondary students and staff, as well as NSERC PromoScience and the Horner Foundation.
So what’s actually in our water? To learn about the microscopic biodiversity we don’t often think about, Oak Bay High School students looked at water samples from KOHWEECHELLA (Bowker Creek) under a high-powered microscope
Living Lab coordinators teaching water quality to Oak Bay students on traditional Lekwungen territory, Bowker Creek. This trip was part of the eco-cultural curriculum and place-based learning of LivingLab. This trip was made possible the help of University of Victoria Post-Secondary students and staff, as well as NSERC PromoScience and the Horner Foundation.
Morgan Black, one of our Living Lab coordinators, spoke to Oak Bay students about the importance of water quality in the Bowker Creek area
Testing water quality in Bowker Creek traditional Lekwungen territory. UVic Biology and Songhees nation collaborating for ecocultural learning of Oak Bay high school. This trip was part of the eco-cultural curriculum and place-based learning of LivingLab. This trip was made possible the help of University of Victoria Post-Secondary students and staff, as well as NSERC PromoScience and the Horner Foundation.
In order to get a better idea of ecosystem health in Bowker Creek, our Living Lab team showed students a number of techniques that can be used.

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