Surfrider Pacific Rim and Nanaimo Science collaborate to bring the youth program ‘Trash to Treasure’. The goals of the program are to raise awareness of the impact of pollution on the environment, specifically plastics.

The Trash to Treasure program will empower students to become environmental stewards! During the program students achieve the following:

  • Become guardians of the environment
  • Organize and take part in cleaning up local beaches
  • Work on home projects to study personal use of plastics
  • Collect debris on way to school
  • Quantify debris data and create statistical graphs
  • Learn about the science of plastics, and the effects of plastic on marine animals and the ocean
  • Create awareness through photography and journalism
  • Work with their class to create an art display from all collected debris 
  • Create campaigns and projects connected to the Ocean Friendly Business Campaign

Students will work together on an art display as a class, with the help and guidance of Surfrider volunteers, high school teachers and local marine debris artists. Check out the art piece below created by the Ucluelet High school Nuu-chah-nulth class, they created a kelp forest ecosystem, which is currently on display at at the High School.

This program has been brought to the following classes:

  • Nuu Chah Nulth (Ucluelet Secondary School)
  • Oceanography (Ucluelet Elementary School)
  • Social Sciences (Ucluelet Secondary School)

Send an email to Youth Programs Coordinator to learn more, or to bring trash to treasure to your school class!