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Celebrating another year of environmental education in BC

Wow! What a great school year! From Quesnel and Victoria to Surrey and Vernon, our Education Team delivered nature education at schools all across the province. Together, we are fostering healthier children and a healthier planet.
Bear eating berries
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ECOSYSTEM 101: Bears, Berries and Bees

The relationship between bears, huckleberries and bees is both straightforward and simple. Bees pollinate flowers, flowers make berries, bears eat berries. Seems simple enough. But is it?
Huckleberry flowers
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SPECIES STORY: Black Huckleberry

Through the summer, bright red berries hang like jewels from the shrub's delicate branches. The berries beckon to all who pass—feather or fur—and deliver a punch of sweet and sour flavour.
vaccinium membranaceum
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FUN FACTS: What's in a name?

Did you know that well over 50 languages are spoken in B.C., including over 40 First Nations languages? With that much language diversity, one can guess that something as common as a huckleberry might go by many different names.
Paddle for the Peace, photo by PVEA
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ECOSYSTEM 101:   A little Peace of my heart

The Peace River Valley is a very special place. It stole my heart when I traveled there for my Master's research, and then again, the following summer when I attended the Paddle for the Peace.
Peace River Valley photo by Larry Petersen
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CRAZY FACTS:  Is the grass greener on the other side?

The grass may not be greener on one side of the Peace River Valley than the other, but there is more of it.
Fern spores
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CRAZY FACTS: Does a fern have a heart?

It's not a beating heart, pumping life-sustaining blood, like mine and yours, but it is life sustaining.
ferns on trees
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Ecosystem 101:   The role of ferns

What role do ferns play in B.C.'s ecosystems? Find out from environmental education team.
Licorice Fern Polypodium glycyrrhiza
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Species Story: Licorice Fern

The licorice fern (Polypodium glycyrrhiza) is common on the west coast of North America, from northern California to the coast of Alaska.
Drum net seiner in Johnstone Strait
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Ecosystems 101: Beneath the waves

In warm water years, like El Niño years, the majority of the…