Hyde Creek Education Centre & Hatchery

 

The Hyde Creek Education Centre and Hatchery includes historical displays of the Hyde Creek watershed, a fish culture display with live fish from the creek and its tributaries, and a teaching classroom to educate the general public on stewardship values. The grounds are naturescaped so that they, too, are a part of the education facility.

 

Click on the image below to see views of the upstairs Education Centre.

The Centre is comprised of four main components:

- A small-scale, fully operational fish hatchery that raises approximately 40,000 Coho and 5,000 Chum per season
- A classroom for tours and programs
- Interpretive grounds with native plants that demonstrate the benefits of “Naturescaping” practices
- An off-channel rearing and demonstration pond

 

Click on image below to view components of Salmon Hatchery

Programs

Hatchery Tour - Primary Version

Students will gain a basic understanding of the role of hatcheries in helping salmon. The tour consists of a tour of the Hyde Creek Hatchery and its role in protecting and feeding salmon in a protected environment to help support the numbers of salmon in the system.

 

Hatchery Tour - Intermediate Version

This tour includes a tour of the Hyde Creek Hatchery as well as its role in sustaining salmon numbers within the Hyde Creek Watershed. We will cover the stages in a salmon's life cycle and how each stage has specific needs and is vulnerable to disruption and mortality and how each stage in the salmon life cycle relies on parts of the aquatic ecosystem in which they live. Students should already know the life cycle of salmon.

 

Bug Expedition

Come observe, magnify, and identify all the creepy-crawlies inhabiting your local streams. This program explores what salmon eat - and how these insects indicate the overall health of a stream or watershed.

 

Storm Drain Marking

What do the yellow fish on storm drains mean?

Come out with your group and help us identify unmarked storm drains. You can choose a location close to your school or home. Easy walking for all ages.

Volunteer certificates are issued for each member of the group. Weather permitting.

 

Healthy Watershed

Find out what makes a watershed healthy !! How do you measure a creek's blood-pressure? When do you know about its clogged arteries? What effect does its temperature have on a stream's health? You'll learn the effect of urban living on our creeks and streams. An interactive watershed model, with student participation, is used during this session to provide an actual demon-stration of where we live in the Hyde Creek Watershed. Program runs about 30 minutes.

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The Hyde Creek Watershed Society complements the DFO's Salmonids in the Classroom curriculum by offering enhanced and hands on programs at the Hyde Creek Education Centre and Hatchery. The Education Centre provides a free, accessible facility that allows students to further expand their knowledge of salmon and their habitats in the field. At appropriate times students can participate in fry release and other activities.

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We welcome tours and education classes, so to enquire about or to arrange one, you may either:

  • Send us an email and we will respond within 1 day  or

  • Phone (604) 461-FISH and leave a message with contact details

Please Note:

  • Donations are always gratefully accepted in support of the totally volunteer run Hyde Creek Education Centre & Hatchery. A suggested donation is $1 - $2 per person.

  • If you are anticipating 30 people or more attending, please let us know and we will work with your group to ensure a positive experience for all.

  • Parking may be found at the following locations:

  1. Lincoln Drive (North-East of Coast Meridian)

  2. Laurier Avenue (East of Coast Meridian)

  3. Hyde Creek Recreation Centre on Laurier Ave -  then a short walk (west) along PoCo trail to the Education Centre & Hatchery

Murals

An initiative started in 2008 to have all four external walls of the hatchery covered in murals that depicted local riparian and watershed scenes is now complete. With our requirement that each wall represented the changing vistas of one of the four seasons, Vancouver artist Kim Hunter has created landscapes so real that visiting school children and adults alike are amazed. When you look at the photos below, we think you will agree!

 

As of August 2011, all four walls now depict local Fall, Summer, Spring and Winter vistas - thanks Kim!!  Special thanks to Westminster Savings  for sponsoring our Fall Mural; to VanTelSafeway  for sponsoring our Summer Mural; and to a kind Anonymous Donor  who sponsored our Spring and Winter Murals. Click here for a YouTube video of Kim designing and painting our Winter wall!

July 2012 Kim completed our last mural, which is in the stairwell to our upstairs Education Centre classroom. We are currently looking for a sponsor for this mural depicting our interaction with the school children and salmon release. Contact us for more information on sponsoring this mural.

The existing mural walls have been integrated as an extremely valuable aid in our school and community group education programs. Dedicated volunteers developed question work sheets, so our visitors can find and identify native fish, animals and birds along with fauna and flora depicted on each mural. The murals have proven to be very effective educational tools with our school and other group visitors.

Hatchery facility showing Summer (left) and Fall (right) Mural walls.

Click on the image below for views of the building and surrounding area onsite.