Organizations involved in biodiversity-related issues connect with ROM visitors via informal presentations.
The Great Lakes Program at the Toronto Zoo was put together to help encourage students, educators, and families to “Keep Our Great Lakes Great” while learning about local fish species at risk. They approach this goal by using a free, curriculum-based program, providing presentations in classrooms on good water and energy conservation practices and waste reduction. Additionally, they attend public events on or off the Toronto Zoo site, including Mad About Fishes, Party for the Planet, water festivals throughout Ontario, as well as water-based workshops at the ROM. These activities highlight the different species of fish that are of ecological importance, and provide a fun, hands-on learning experience.
New for 2013, the Great Lakes Program has initiated a campaign for Ontario’s little known freshwater mussels entitled, ‘I am Important, I am Protected!’ The goals of this campaign are to raise awareness of freshwater mussels by incorporating their biology and ecological significance into Great Lakes Program materials and presentations, and to learn more about their presence in the inland waters of Lake Ontario through field research.
To hear more about the Toronto Zoo Great Lakes Program, join us on October 6th!
(Check out the ROM Blog post "Purple Wartybacks, Pink Heelsplitters, and Rayed Beans - Oh My!" for some excellent reading on the subject of Ontario's Freshwater mussels as well!)
- Sunday, October 6, 2013
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Earth Rangers Studio in the Life in Crisis: Schad Gallery of Biodiversity, level 2