Have you ever tried gardening...in the ocean? At the very lowest tides of the year, which only occur in summer or winter when the moon is full or new, you may be treated to a glimpse of a 'clam garden' or 'sea garden' as they are also known in English. First Nations have been building and caring for these rock-walled terraces and the species within for at least 3,500 years. Learn how the Clam Garden Network has been combining many ways of knowing (traditional and scientific) to advance our understanding of local mariculture, and work with Nicole and other workshop participants to explore a number of clam garden resources and lesson plan ideas to try in your classes.
Nicole Smith is an archaeologist, founder of Archaeology in Schools, and author of the new book Dig Deep: Connecting Archaeology, Oceans and Us. She is also the Cultural Heritage Initiatives Coordinator for the UN Ocean Decade Collaborative Centre for the Northeast Pacific, and a steering committee member of the Clam Garden Network. She has been involved in archaeological research on the B.C. coast since 2000, collaborating most closely with First Nations communities, the Hakai Institute, Parks Canada, and university colleagues. As an educator, she has taught anthropology and archaeology, to youth, post-secondary and adult learners, and has taught courses at UVic, Camosun College and the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre. She loves working with teachers to bring archaeology into elementary and high school classrooms and believes that archaeological stories can inspire people, empower indigenous youth, and facilitate cross-cultural education and understanding.