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Young marine biologists invited to explore ocean waters along Port Moody's Burrard Inlet

Experts with the Salish Sea Research and Education Society are set to provide hands-on experience for elementary students interested in their local waters.
Seaweed kelp in the ocean.

Stage Three of B.C.'s COVID-19 restart plan has allowed for some summer camps to swim ahead, including one starting next week in the Tri-City region.

The Salish Sea Research and Education Society (SSRES) is encouraging young minds with an eye for the water to join one of two three-day camps and explore the environment surrounding the Burrard Inlet.

Known as the Salish Sea Ocean Heroes' Camp, the goal is to give kids going into Grades Three and Four a chance to tour the shoreline, learn its cultural and ecological history and have fun on or around the water.

The camps run from July 27-29 and Aug-3-5 and start at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody (2800 Murray Street).

On its website, the society describes its organization as a platform for K-12 students with opportunities to learn about the marine ecosystem which could aid in their potential post-secondary pursuits.

"We are very excited to be providing the Lower Mainland with a summer camp that features First Nation's culture, a tour of the inlet, touch tanks, and place-based learning activities," a statement explains.

Other aspects of the Ocean Heroes' camp include:

  • Exploring Shoreline Trail and its local species
  • A visit to Camp Jubliee for outdoor adventures and a beach study
  • Traveling by boat throughout Burrard Inlet

SSRES experts will guide the campers for the three days, each taking place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and meeting at Rocky Point Park.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the organization explains only 16 kids will be admitted per camp. 

Interested families have the option to sign their child or children either for July 27 to 29 or Aug. 3 to 5, and there's a $375 cost per person.

For more information, you can visit the SSRES website.