Marine Investigations

Starting on Shell Beach (a First Nations midden) we will journey through a beautiful forest, past a tidal lagoon and along a shoreline, learning about First Nations practices and their significance to the island as we walk. Settling at the intertidal zone, we’ll use nets and buckets to catch, identify and release a remarkable diversity of animals. After a beachside lunch, we hike over to a new marine environment to participate in a “Teaching Train”- where the students become the teachers, showing each other the creatures they have learned about.

“I learned to be more aware of my actions and surroundings and how they affect others.”- Rhys T, Age 13, Brockton School

“I learned about the many creatures there are in the ocean and the different plants on Galiano.” – Rahim D, Age 13, Brockton School

Curriculum links:

  • Habitats and Communities (Gr 4)
  • Water Systems on Earth (Gr. 8) 

Where: Galiano Island’s shorelines and forests

When: This program is available at your convenience. It takes about 5 hours and yes, you can do it in a day trip from Vancouver or Victoria. 

Special equipment or clothing? Everyone will need rubber boots for walking in the intertidal zone. If you don’t have those, wear sturdy close-toed shoes suitable for hiking. Dress for variable Gulf Islands weather: warm sweaters, sturdy footwear, and sunscreen. 

Note this program’s availability depends on the timing of low tides—please contact us to discuss your program’s time.


Costs per group for day and overnight programs


How to get here, what to bring, how to prepare


We can offer financial help to groups in need


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