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Project Details

Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Assiniboine Park is a place where people share the wonders of nature in a way that inspires them to conserve it for the future.

Placement Details

The Assiniboine Park Zoo is committed to conservation action and community engagement. This placement is primarily within the Conservation and Research department while assisting with the Sustainability department as well. The Conservation and Research Department manages Beluga Bits, a long-term citizen science project monitoring beluga whales in the Churchill River estuary. Participants of this placement will be engaged in progressing the project through interactive means, such as outreach and communication opportunities that promote citizen science and northern research.

Participants also have the opportunity to broaden and expand their skill sets and interests in a multitude of areas, including data collection and analysis, science communication, marine and aquatic ecology/conservation, education and outreach, program development and delivery, and visual media.

Placement Category: Wildlife Advocacy and Rehab; Community Outreach and Education

Placement Season: Summer/Fall

Placement Type: Urban

2023 Participant Highlights - Ferris Kerr


Having completed both Youth to Sea and Ocean Bridge, an Ocean Pathways placement was the logical next step in Ferris’ journey with Ocean Wise! Throughout their 2023 placement, Ferris worked on countless projects drawing on and developing numerous skills ranging from videography, graphic design, social media, science communication, and more. Ferris shares that their time spent filming underwater footage in the seal tanks was a highlight!

Check out Ferris’ feature on @oceanwiseyouth here, as well as their Instagram Takeover under the “Ocean Pathways” highlight.

Read Ferris’ blog on their unique experience conducting marine conservation from land-locked Manitoba here.

Read a short interview with Ferris here on Assiniboine Park Zoo’s website.

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