Kootenay Trout Hatchery is hiring more people to increase conservation education in schools.
Outreach Coordinator Leanne Jones says they have six interpreters for programming this year, up from just one when the facility launched more than 15 years ago.
She says schools throughout the region are asking to have the program included in the curriculum.
“We’re working with BC Parks, we’re working with the local school districts here,” Jones says. “We’re even doing programs in the Central Kootenays and West Kootenays because the demand has grown so high.”
Jones says their programs teach kids the importance of preserving habitats and how to identify native or invasive species.
She says they see tens of thousands of visitors come to the site every year and suggests the tourism benefits local communities.
(Photo from the Kootenay Trout Hatchery)
– Kootenay Trout Hatchery Outreach Coordinator, Leanne Jones