We were over-whale-med with excitement for this event! With marine animals on our minds, we swam - er, walked - to Centennial Park where we played game after game with some bright young minds.
You know what they say…you learn more when you’re having fun! We take this philosophy seriously so we played more nature games than there are animals in the sea (Well…almost.) We learned about predator prey relationships by blindfolding a “predator” to show the importance of being quiet. We tested our mental muscles by playing an animal match up game, where everyone did really well! We learned all about marine species that thrive along our coast and also other things that don’t belong there…garbage!
Did you know it tastes 450 years for a plastic bottle to disappear? Even then it leaves behind micro plastic, teeny tiny bits of plastic that never really go away. This plastic then gets eaten up by fish, who are then eaten by whales…you get the idea. The process in which toxins are accumulated up the food chain is called bio magnification.
But wait, there’s more! We also learned about nutrients through a game we like to call Nature Soup (different living things need different nutrients in different ways!) And through an ever shrinking circle, we learned about how habitats and resources are getting smaller and smaller for wild animals. We carried this theme with us as we played a game of Echolocation and learned about how boat noises affect whale's’ ability to find food.
But knowledge is power, as they say. That’s why we are so grateful to be able to throw this event in partnership with the City of White Rock! There is always something you can do to help save the earth, and the easiest thing is to create a Ripple Effect - by telling even one other person something you learned!
We even got some sweet swag from Keen! Thanks Keen!
We can’t wait for our next event.
Until next time,
Team Ripple Coast