Unique to Deroche
Elementary is our “Forest & Stream” Stewardship Program. We have a stream running through our school
property which has given us a remarkable site to teach students ecology,
environment studies, aquatic life and the importance of watershed
We started our “Forest
& Stream” Program in 2016 as an initiative to restore a salmon spawning
stream, long blocked due to construction and overgrowth. We have worked hard at removing invasive
blackberries and replanting non-invasive plants along the stream side. We have set up an outdoor classroom area and
were able to incorporate walking trails throughout the forest area. We have also constructed a bridge over the
stream to serve as a learning platform and interpretative area.
While education is an
integral part of our program, the project also allows our students and the community
to become actively involved in salmon enhancement with a commitment to
preserving and protecting this important watershed area. What we love most about the program is that
it will be a viable project for years to come and the benefits to fish habitat will
be long lasing and widespread.
We are grateful to the
various groups for their support including the Sasquatch Lions Club, Fraser
Valley Regional District, Fraser Valley Watershed Coalition, Barsanti
Environmental Services, Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource
Operations, DFO, Pacific Salmon Foundation, Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds,
Communities in Bloom, RBC Blue Water Project, Inch Creek Hatchery, TD Friends of the Environment Program, TW
Excavating and Lacey’s Construction.Program Highlights:
Our first big event for our "Forest and Stream" Program was our Streamside Replanting Event. A special thank you to the Fraser Valley Watershed Coalition and Leq'am:el for helping us with this work and to our volunteers who helped with the labour intensive task of removing overgrown blackberries prior to the replanting.
Our next accomplishment and highlight was the construction of our bridge in March and then our Chum Salmon Release and Stream Dedication Ceremony on April 20, 2018. We released over 40,000 Chum Salmon into our school stream as part of our stream rehabilitation work. This was a very exciting day for our students and school community.