Stewardship, restoration and sustainable land use are some of the big Grade 11-12 science students. The Nechako White Sturgeon is a perfect example of all of those topics in our own watershed. We encourage you to use these sturgeon resources to bring a local example to your classroom, as well as explore opportunities for work terms and volunteerism. There are many opportunities for inquiry projects with this endangered local species.
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What to do more? There are many opportunities for students to get wet and get their hands on sturgeon to gain work experience as well as research and sampling skill development, exposure to 'behind the scenes' work at the Conservation Centre. Here is a handout on how to access these opportunities.
The NWSRI has a growing library of videos about sturgeon, including our own YouTube Channel! Please Subscribe to our Youtube Channel to stay connected when we publish new videos.
The fully developed Sturgeon Curriculum is a comprehensive program that covers all aspects of sturgeon biology and ecology plus lessons and information on the Nechako Watershed, land use impacts and riparian zones. It contains useful information that would aid older students in reinforcing the background knowledge needed on Nechako White Sturgeon to progress to more advanced learning and focussed projects.
The curriculum includes: Background materials, Presentations, Lesson Plans, Activity Sheets, Answer Keys, Field Trip suggestions, and suggestions for Inquiry projects. The Presentations are PDF slideshows that can be viewed on your Smartboard or on any computer. Download them to save for later or to share. The Lessons include background information along with activities and links to additional resources.
If you only have a short amount of time to dedicate to sturgeon, but you want to touch on the main areas of conservation for sturgeon, then complete Unit 1 of this curriculum. It provides a good overview of sturgeon and watersheds.
1-1: Intro to NWS
2-2: Riparian Zones
2-4: Habitat and Humans
2-6: Field Trip Ideas
Lessons and Activity Sheets
3-1: External Anatomy
3-2: Life Cycle
3-4: Sturgeon Decline
3-5: Guest Speaker Ideas
Feel free to stop by the Nechako White Sturgeon Conservation Centre or book at tour, to more about sturgeon biology, the hatchery and the watershed by circulating through the outdoor information signs.
The NWSRI has a collection of interpretive signs throughout the watershed, in different locations on Fraser Lake, Stuart Lake and the Nechako River. View these interpretive signs to help you plan your next field trip. The interpretive signs at the NWS Conservation Centre provide a general overview of many of the aspects related to sturgeon aquaculture, the hatchery, the Nechako watershed and sturgeon biology.
Here are links to other natural resource, stewardship and conservation organizations in the Omineca region. Many of these sites have extensive libraries of reports and research done in the region on a range of species and environments.
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