We are based in the Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and will be pleased to consider requests for educational programs in and around the area. One of Biodiversity Conservancy International’s objectives is to undertake educational programs to increase awareness of the importance of biodiversity and conservation. Our educational programs include talks, seminars, hands-on exhibitions, and excursions to natural habitats, conducted by our scientists and naturalists.
COVID-19 Prevention – Safe Learning
Pinhey Sand Dunes – Virtual
Education Program 2020
Sand Dune Biodiversity, Habitats & Ecosystems
This program is provided to Schools (Grades 1-12), Colleges, Universities, Organizations. Institutions, Community and the Public in Ottawa-Carleton, Ontario, or across Canada
Did you know? Canada’s capital has sand dunes! The Pinhey Sand Dunes (PSD) are a unique, desert-like 10,000 year-old geological and biological heritage site. This dryland habitat is the home of a highly specialized group of organisms which have adapted over thousands of years to the harsh dune environment where (i) the sun is fiercely bright and hot; (ii) sand temperature in the summer can soar to 70-750 C, the wind can be at times gusty; (iii) dust devils occasionally occur.
About the Program (Free). Each year from May to October, Biodiversity Conservancy International (BCI) provides a fun, interactive learning experience focused on the unique Pinhey dune habitat, biodiversity and ecosystem.
During the Covid19 Pandemic, BCI is providing an online dune education program to schools, colleges, universities, organizations. institutions, community and the public in Ottawa-Carleton or across Canada. The virtual session lasts approximately 60-90 minutes.
(1) Virtual session – Participants will interact with BCI scientists to learn about: (i) the history and formation of the Pinhey sand dunes; (ii) the dune biodiversity and ecosystem; (iii) Pollination and ecosystem services (iv) Butterfly sanctuary; (v) a virtual walk (slides and videos) through the dunes in search of dune organisms, insects, spiders and other arthropods; and (vi) the restoration process to reclaim parts of the prehistoric sand dunes system in Canada’s Capital from the densely planted forest.
(2) An actual Pinhey dune tour (optional) will be provided to students or non student participants who live within driving distance to the Pinhey Sand Dunes. Participants are required to travel to the dunes on their own on a pre-arranged date and time (younger students may be transported to the Dunes by parents/ Guardians). BCI scientists will meet participants and associates at the site and will provide a 60-90-minute interactive dune tour, including hands-on participation in dune restoration activities as seen in the virtual session described above.
Note: Due to COVID-19 Pandemic social distancing will be maintained throughout the tour. Group size: 50 participants or less.
Where? The Pinhey Sand Dunes system is the study site. It is located immediately adjacent to north west corner of Slack Road & Vaan Drive, 300 meters east of Woodroffe Avenue. The dune entrance is at south west corner of Vaan Drive & Pineland Avenue.
For additional information, please contact: OliviaLeon@biodiversityconservancy.org
Selected Photos of Past Educational Program
During Spring-Summer-Fall 2019 in Ottawa-Carleton, Ontario, Canada, Biodiversity Conservancy International is providing free, on-site interactive educational programs to study dune biodiversity and ecosystem for students (from elementary school to university), youth organizations (scouts, summer campers…) and adult groups. Free yellow bus transportation to Pinhey Sand Dunes (study site) is provided to groups of at least 15 people on the basis of first come first serve. This program is sponsored by the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.
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