Gently Down The Seymour ~ Spring 2017

ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL SPRING SEASON COMPLETE!

Thank you to our incredible group of educators that led 50 classes through the GDS field trips this year. 

 

 

GENTLY DOWN THE SEYMOUR 

We are nearly halfway through our GDS spring program.

Students, teachers and parents have been visiting Seymour River Hatchery through our Gently Down the Seymour field trips, since the start of April.  Enthusiasm for heading to the salmon streams and diving into the science is always contagious. 


Registration for Gently Down the Seymour opened on February 1st and within 30 minutes our 50 spaces were fully booked! We are looking forward to welcoming this years participants up to the hatchery in the beautiful Seymour watershed at the end of March.


Seymour River Hatchery and Education Centre would like to invite you to register for a field trip with us this spring. Registered participants of DFO’s “Salmonids in the Classroom” program are invited to request a spot for this exciting field trip offering.

Gently Down the Seymour 2017

Field Trip Time
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Dates Offered
Tuesday March 28 – Friday June 9

For Grades
2 to 6

Cost
$100 to confirm booking (details sent in confirmation email)

To register: 2017 GDS Registration Form
(https://goo.gl/forms/gHjSSyZXuuYN9Lkr2)

Registration opens on Wednesday February 1, 2017 at 8 AM.
We do not accept registrations by phone or email
Prepare for registration by identifying 3 field trip dates that work for your class.
Our facility accommodates 1 class per day. Our program is designed to maximize the opportunities for the hands-on involvement of our visiting students.
50 spaces (dates) are available for 2017. Once 50 spaces are filled, remaining classes will be placed on a wait list.
We offer a maximum of 2 field trip spaces per school, per year.
Prepare for registration by identifying 3 field trip dates that work for your class. If your 3 selected dates are no longer available, we will offer an alternative. Additional details about your availability help us to offer a suitable date.
A deposit of $100 (by cheque) will be required to complete your field trip booking. Details will be included in a confirmation email.


THANK YOU TO OUR 2016 EDUCATION TEAM!


GENTLY DOWN THE SEYMOUR 2016 HAS STARTED!!

Gently Down the Seymour is off to a terrific start in 2016!  Students, teachers and parents from Vancouver and Burnaby classes joined us during the first week of field trips.  One class was lucky enough to observe the collection of eggs and milt from winter steelhead!  These grade 2 students collected an aquatic invertebrate sample from Hurry Creek to investigate further in our classroom.

GDS 2016 GDS2 2016

We are excited to announce that Gently Down the Seymour is completely booked for 2016!

Dates Offered

Wednesday March 30 – Friday June 10

Field Trip Time
9:45 AM – 2:00 PM

For Grades
2 to 6

  • We do not accept registrations by phone or email.
  • Gently Down the Seymour is offered to 1 class per day.
  • We offer a maximum of 2 field trip spaces per school, per year.
  • 50 spaces (dates) are available for 2016. Additional classes will be placed on a wait list.
  • A fully refundable deposit of $75 (by cheque) will be required to complete your field trip booking. Details will be included in a confirmation email.
  • Prepare for registration by identifying 3 field trip dates that work for your custom term paper help class.

Gently Down the Seymour Eduction Program, Students releasing Pink Salmon SmoltsThe Gently Down the Seymour (GDS) education program is run in the spring at the Seymour River Fish Hatchery.
The Seymour Salmonid Society raises money each year to allow this unique education experience to be offered for free to elementary aged students around the Vancouver area.

 

Gently Down the Seymour (GDS) is a field trip program designed to enhance the learning and understanding of
students participating in the Salmonids in the Classroom program (Fisheries and Oceans Canada).
This program is developed to give students unique, hands-on learning experience and the opportunity to observe
salmon in their natural wilderness habitat as well as in a working salmon hatchery.

 


Students learn about salmonids and their life in the Seymour Watershed through four different component concepts:

Gently Down the Seymour Education Program, Measuring the water depth of a stream in waders

  • Forest Ecology
  • Stream Habitat Survey
  • Aquatic Invertebrates
  • Hatchery operations

Observations, measurements, investigations, and study techniques are employed individually as well as in a group
giving students a chance to have direct personal experience with the living and non-living components of the land.

 


Typically, students will get the opportunity to:

Gently Down the Seymour Education Program, Demonstration of salmon spawning

  • observe an old-growth coast forest setting
  • identify different things found in the surroundings
  • measure the physical features of a salmon stream
  • collect and identify aquatic invertebrates; the food for salmon fry
  • tour through and witness a working salmon hatchery

 

 

To see a short clip illustrating Gently Down the Seymour click on the image below.

 

 


Teacher Resources

Primary download(~9MB)
Intermediate download(~10MB)

Port Metro Vancouver, a sponsor of this program, also offers free education programs that may compliment GDS. Click here to download their postcard, or click here for the full brochure.

To see more images of our GDS program please look at our Gently Down the Seymour Gallery.

 

Teachers: To find out more about the salmon in the classroom program please go to Salmonids in the Classroom.

There are also teaching resources for Primary students at Stream to Sea.


 

We would like to take the opportunity to thank the many sponsors of this program – some of whom are shown below. Without their support this program would not be able to continue.
To find out more about our sponsors please visit our sponsors page.