Environmental Education

Sustainability in the Biosphere Field Course

Since 2015, the CBT — with support from Nuu-chah-nulth elders and knowledge holders, local non-profits, and community leaders —has delivered a summer field course to students of Royal Roads University’s Environmental Education and Communication MA Program. The interdisciplinary course, called Sustainability and the Biosphere focuses on social-ecological system relationships that foster community resilience on the west coast. 

With a strong emphasis on place-based learning, the course is delivered in multiple locations in the Biosphere Region, including Monks house at načiqs, Lone Cone Hostel on Wah-nah-jus Hilth-hoo-is (Meares Island), and Cedar Coast Field Station near Keltsmaht on Vargas Island. Students learn first hand from local people and their experiences of change, recovery, and transformation

NSERC PromoScience Expedition

Through the West Coast NEST, the CBT is the local host of the PromoScience Expedition, which brings the Canadian Coast Guard research ship the CCGS Vector to students and their communities on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The ship is loaded with a crew of scientists, marine research equipment and displays of research from the area surrounding our ports of call. 

As the regional host, we coordinate all regional elements of the visit, including organizing an "Oceans Fair featuring local organizations such as Raincoast Education Society, Cedar Coast Field Station, Strawberry Isle Marine Research Society, Ucluelet Aquarium. The next PromoScience Expedition is expected to be in 2020!