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INNOVATE 10-20-30 ARGYLL CENTRE – EDMONTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Hands on/project-based program that provides research and experimental opportunities to students who have great IDEAS and a desire to turn their interests into their own learning experience. Whether it’s investigating a problem, creating or inventing, developing a club or business, or implementing a humanitarian or environmental initiative, INNOVATE allows students the time and space to pursue their interests while earning high school credits.

Students enjoying outdoors while testing water quality / Displaying winning solar ovens built by students/ Southern Haitian students showing their solar lanterns and lifestraws sent to them by students for earthquake relief efforts.

PROGRAM BENEFITS:

  • Apply schooling to potential career choice and work towards solving real world problems
  • Develop a proposal (budget may be included) and a portfolio to support resume
  • Create your own learning experience and earn up to 15 high school credits (3 courses)
  • Access resources and or funding for project materials and connect with experts in your area of interest
  • Become an agent of change!

Beaverhill Bird Observatory’s Geoff Holroyd Young Ornithologists’ Workshop

The Beaverhill Bird Observatory (BBO) is initiating a new education program - the Geoff Holroyd Young Ornithologist Workshop. The goal of this week long workshop will be to provide Alberta teenagers interested in birds with a practical, working knowledge and aesthetic appreciation of birds other wildlife and their conservation. The Workshop will run from Saturday, July 31 to Saturday, August 6, 2016. Up to 8 participants, ages 15-18 years, will be selected. They will be provided with the opportunity to learn bird banding and identification skills from experienced bird banders at our banding station east of Tofield, Alberta. While applicants do not have to be top notch birders, they have to share a keen interest in birds and conservation. The BBO will cover all direct costs of the workshop including tents, food, travel for field trips, and professional instruction, but recipients are responsible for their transportation to and from the banding station and sleeping bags.

Participants will be immersed in the daily, hands on work of field ornithology while they learn about the BBO’s migration monitoring program and participate in the running of a banding lab. They will improve their bird identification while being trained in the skills and art of handling and banding birds, aging and sexing techniques, bird behaviour and the life histories and conservation concerns of species. The students will be tenting and sharing camp duties, another necessary skill for a field biologist. Field trips to surrounding areas, nocturnal work and talks by experts on natural history topics will be offered in the afternoons and evenings.

Geoff Holroyd is the current Chair of the BBO and a co-founder of the BBO, the oldest banding station in Alberta and second oldest in Canada. Geoff relates how times spent as a youth at Long Point Bird Observatory were instrumental in developing his birding skills and commitment to working with birds as a career. It is the goal of the BBO to continue in this tradition and offer interested youth the opportunity to become skilled birders and learn about the conservation issues facing local birds and wildlife. The workshop will provide a hands-on experience into the world of migrating birds and share with others who are passionate about monitoring, studying and conserving birds and their habitat.

Applicants can apply by sending the completed Application Form that follows to helentrefrygmail.com by May 15, 2016. Applications will be chosen by a committee and notified by email by May 30, 2016.

   Download our Ornithologist form here.

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