Education and community involvement
In celebration of World Oceans Day, a public beach sweep event is organized every year by the SBWA, in partnership with the Town of Shediac. This activity aims to reduce marine litter, raise citizens’ awareness, and contribute to the protection and conservation of our environment around the Bay of Shediac.
During this annual community undertaking, the coastline of Shediac Bay are rid of discarded tires and various types of litter (metal, paper, cardboard, polystyrene containers, etc.). Garbage bags and gloves are provided, and the event ends with a BBQ and draws for prizes.
A strong relationship with teachers of MFB and Shediac Cape elementary schools in Shediac has developed over the last few years. Teachers have taken advantage of our science presentations to complement their curriculum, and engage their students with additional topics on the environment and local environmental concerns. Students are always excited to attend new presentations. Teachers and school principals are all very appreciative of our work.
The Shediac Farmer’s market is a great place to meet and greet both local and visiting citizens. Our education booth has plenty of photos and displays to help present our projects and show the results of our initiatives.
The SBWA and the Homarus Ecocentre are partners in education. We work in collaboration to provide presentations on the ecosystems of the Shediac Bay and, of course, on the magnificent lobster our town is known for.
A series of interpretive panels are installed along the walking trails and elsewhere in the town of Shediac. These panels give an overview of our various projects and provide information on the different species and habitats found in our watershed.
Here is the list of panels completed so far:
The Acadian Forest
Biodiversity, essential to life
The Common Tern
Presentations and workshops are often given by the Association on a variety of topics concerning water quality, biodiversity, current or past projects, the state of the ecosystems in the watershed and much more. If your group would like a presentation feel free to contact us.