Build-A-Whale is an interactive program that aims to educate participants about marine biology, anatomy, evolutionary science and conservation. The program is hands-on and engaging as the audience assists in constructing the skeleton of an offshore killer whale and participating in several fun educational activties and games. Build-A-Whale is well travelled and well loved as she has visited facilities across Canada such as schools, markets, festivals, aquariums, elderly homes and more.
The purpose of this project is to engage youth in stewardship and ecology through hands on learning in their own backyard. The project included a beach cleanup, eelgrass mapping and monitoring, eelgrass diversity beach seine, and shellfish collection (mussels) intended for testing for microplastics. Through these projects, we hope to encourage long-term monitoring of the Tla-o-qui-aht traditional territory.