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Aquatic Biosphere Project

Aquarium Society of Alberta
Edmonton AB Canada


~~ Welcome to the Aquatic Biosphere Project and the Story of Water ~~

The Aquatic Biosphere Project is an initiative of the Aquarium Society of Alberta to build an incredible public conservation aquarium, education and research facility in Edmonton. What? Yes! A public aquarium but one that focuses on aquatic ecosystems, both fresh water and marine, exploring the life that exists in, on and around these interconnected environments.

What will it have? Some live exhibits, some technology integrated experiences, hands on activities, interactive science and cultural experiences, group opportunities and plenty of things to see, learn and do. The Aquatic Biosphere is being created around The Story of Water, connecting people to their nearby waters, understanding the extensive connectivity that exists in our planet's water systems and the flow of impact as the water travels around the world. The Story of Water begins here, in Alberta, in the Rocky Mountains, in the glaciers. A true origin story of water that is tens of thousands of years old. Melting into our major rivers systems, minor streams, heading out across the Prairies to eventually drain in the Arctic Ocean, Pacific Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico. Following the ocean currents, we travel the world following that water, exploring new ecosystems, understanding the human cultures that live and use the waters and the life that abounds with it.

The Story of Water is a powerful one that runs in our veins and falls from the sky and is integral to everything that happens on this planet.

FOR EDUCATORS

The Aquatic Biosphere has been developing outreach programs and digital media resources over the past couple of years. Programs are available for K-6 in Wetlands, Ocean Explorers, Water Bugs, and Hydroponics. Educators and biologists are available to deliver content to your classroom or guide your class through an outdoor exploration of life in puddles, ditches. If you are fortunate to have a wetlands nearby, a guided exploration for students to discover bugs, plants, birds and other animals is a great way to engage science in the outdoors.

If you have older students who are excited about DIY projects, converting an old aquarium to a terrarium or aquaponics system can be a great way to encourage re-engineering old aquarium parts and pieces into something alive again. Discussions in the cores of science, social studies, mathematics, language arts all have a place in the topics of water, biodiversity and aquatic systems. Classroom visits and guided experiences are available, online video content is in active development along with supporting classroom lesson materials.

If you have an idea for your classroom, or have a question, we would love to hear it.

CAN I GO THERE? WHERE IS IT?

It is not built yet, we still have a great deal of work to do, but you can help support it. How can you help, you ask?
* Volunteer - this requires a community to create. Whether you can help out at an event or two, or are interested in something more involved like leading group/classroom presentations or even joining the Board. All are needed.
* Donate - this is not a small project and will need the financial support of funders, sponsors and general donations.
* Tell-A-Friend - know someone who loves aquariums? Loves water? Loves science? Direct them to this project.

MORE PLEASE!
* For videos visit http://ABN-Stories.Earth
* For audio podcasts visit https://water.buzzsprout.com/
* To volunteer or donate visit https://AquaticBiosphere
* To connect with us during or after the conference email us at contactus@aquaticbiosphere.org
* Sign up for the mailing list for latest updates here: https://www.aquaticbiosphere.ca/contact<
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