Coastal Insights online learning, 2020 Season 1

Photo by Alex Harris /
Raincoast Conservation Foundation.

Coastal Insights, Season 3 coming soon!

Our third season of coastal insights is starting up in March! Come back soon to register.

To allow students to continue learning amidst the COVID-19 school closures, Raincoast launched our live and interactive Coastal Insights online learning program every Wednesday at 1 pm PST until the end of the school year.

Our weekly webinar

Each week, our special guests will be sharing a fun and exciting topic on the lands, waters, and wildlife of coastal British Columbia to help you gain a new perspective on the coast.

The programs address the BC curriculum and offer students supplementary learning resources, a weekly challenge, and recorded episodes, which will be posted after each lesson, if possible. Lessons focus on engaging high school students, however, anyone interested is welcome to join!

Registration for online learning

Registration is welcome at any step in the process. Registering once gives you access to the full remaining online curriculum.


If you have questions about enrolment or about the curriculum, please get in touch.

S1 E1: Journey to coastal British Columbia

April 29, 2020, @ 1pm PST
Nathanial Glickman (Raincoast Educator)

This first episode takes viewers on a journey to the beautiful coastline of British Columbia and shares why it is so ecologically and culturally special, but also, some of its conservation challenges and how you can help.

S1 E2: Living in harmony with wildlife 

May 6, 2020 @ 1pm
Lauren Eckert (Raincoast research fellow)

As the global human population steadily grows each year, the boundaries between the habitats of humans and our non-human neighbours can often overlap.  Join Lauren as she shares her expertise on human-wildlife relationships and how to work together towards peaceful coexistence.

S1 E3: The salmon forest: how bears connect land and sea

Live Lesson: May 13, 2020 @ 1pm PST

Megan Adams is an ecologist, focused on how salmon subsidize terrestrial ecosystems in coastal British Columbia. She is now a postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia.

S1 E4: Welcome Home to Xwaaqw’um

May 20, 2020 @ 1pm PST

Joe Akerman is of mixed Cowichan and European Heritage from Salt Spring Island, BC. He is the lead in the Xwaaqw’um Project, which creates space for local Elders and Knowledge Holders to enhance culture, language and land-based knowledge, incorporate inclusivity, and provide opportunities for youth and the community.

S1 E5: Wild Salmon Surrounds Us – Part 1

May 27, 2020 @ 1pm PST

In part 1 of this 2 part salmon lesson, viewers learn about salmon as the foundation species of BC, some of its major threats, and how Raincoast is researching and restoring the Lower Fraser River estuary to promote the return of healthy salmon populations to the system.

Ryder Wise is a grade 12 student from Lake Cowichan Secondary school.  He came on as a Salish Sea Emerging Stewart participant in our 2019 season and has now joined the Raincoast team as a Junior Leader to help inspire others.

Dave Scott is Raincoast’s Research and Restoration Coordinator for the Lower Fraser Salmon conservation program. He is also a pHD student in the Ecology and Conservation Lab at UBC.

S1 E6: Wild Salmon surrounds us – Part 2 (urban salmon)

June 3, 2020 @ 1pm PST

Fernando Lessa will take viewers on a visual tour into our urban neighborhoods to discover the many wild salmon and their habitats living right next door to our homes. 

Fernando is an author, photographer and outdoor storyteller. Drawing from his passion for outdoors sports, Biology degree, and master’s degree in Photography, he specializes in documenting the relation between man and mother nature.

S1 E7: Consilience – Braiding Indigenous Knowledge and Academic Science

June 10, 2020 @ 1pm PST

Consilience is defined as a context in which independent lines of evidence arrive at the same conclusion. In this episode, we take a look at how blending Traditional and Ecological Indigenous Knowledge and academic science can help us understand our natural world and the potential to yield substantial conservation benefits.

Chris Darimont is Raincoast’s research Chair in Applied Conservation Science and Associate Professor at the University of Victoria. He is an interdisciplinary conservation scientist who applies natural and social science tools to confront conservation problems that are both conceptually interesting and acutely applied.

Jess Housty is a citizen of the Heiltsuk Nation residing in Bella Bella, BC. She- is the Executive Director for Qqs Projects Society, a community-driven charitable non-profit focused in the Great Bear Rainforest.

S1 E8: Demystifying the Killer Whales of BC

June 17, 2020 @ 1pm PST

Killer whales are iconic to the Pacific Northwest and deeply rooted as cultural and spiritual symbols for the Coast Salish peoples. Join us as we examine their complex intellect, behaviour, language, and culture. This episode provides excellent opportunities to learn about adaptations, complex food webs, survival needs, sustainability of systems, and current threats to the killer whales of BC.

Misty MacDuffee is a passionate conservationist and Raincoast’s Wild Salmon Program Biologist and Director.

Maureen Vo is Raincoast’s Development and Education Coordinator. She helps inspire youth  with experiential, place-based learning in Raincoast’s Salish Sea Emerging Stewards program.

Miriam Holmes is a grade 12 student and alumni from Raincoast’s Salish Sea Emerging Student program.  She is also currently working as a Junior Leader for Raincoast.

S1 E9: Inspecting the Intertidal

June 24, 2020 @ 1pm PST

With as much coastline as the BC coast has, it is no question that we are unique when it comes to the intertidal zone. Join Raincoast educator Nathaniel Glickman and Junior Leader Kloey Douglas on a deep dive into life in the intertidal. From ecology and iconic species, to cultural importance and personal connections, we will explore what makes BC coastline so special. The curator of the Ucluelet Aquarium Laura Griffith-Cochrane will join us to tell us what it is like spending your days speaking to crabs and anemones.

S1 E10: Wildlife Photography: Stories, Conservation, and Ethics 

July 8, 2020 @ 1pm

Learn about the stories behind the nature and wildlife photographs that help drive conservation.  Professional nature photographers Eric Sambol and Alex Harris will be sharing breath-taking images of the beautiful nature and wildlife they’re working hard to help highlight and conserve.  Join us as they share their stories, tips and the inspiration for their work.

Alex Harris is Raincoast’s communications associate and nature photographer.

Eric Sambol is a professional wildlife photographer using his photography to help inspire conservation.

S1 E11 (Bonus episode): The Salish Sea Emerging Stewards Program

July  15, 2020 @ 1pm PST

Learn about Raincoast’s inspiring and transformative Salish Sea Emerging Stewards program, an environmental leadership program where students immerse in and learn about British Columbia’s coastal environment in the class, field and at sea.  The innovative program takes students to explore the Salish Sea aboard Raincoast’s 66-foot research sailing vessel, Achiever, to encounter inspiring marine wildlife. Learn directly from our program alumni and how you can get involved.

Ryder WiseMiriam Holmes, and Kloey Douglas are program alumni and Raincoast’s 2020 Junior Leaders.