Clover Point features a unique rocky beach plentiful in interesting species best seen during a low tide. On July 24, we visited the area to learn about the intertidal zone. We examined and photographed creatures such as urchins, clingfish, and chitons,
We were even lucky enough to witness whales passing by in the Salish Sea.
On July 6, we took a trip to THLCHESS (Chatham) Island, part of the ancestral territory of the Songhees, and learned about some of the histories of life there. We collected water samples for the lab, learned about map coordinates and scientific data collection, and examined some marine animals. For many of us, including Songhees youth, it was our first opportunity to visit this culturally significant place.
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.
This was our first Living Lab trip of the summer. We visited Willows Beach to learn about water testing, the intertidal zone, and the connection between stream and ocean. We were also introduced to some of the history and cultural significance of the area by Songhees knowledge holders.