CAMOSUN BOG PROJECT
April and May
The purpose of the Camosun Bog Project is to learn about Kingdom Plantae in a real
ecosystem and to gain experience with habitat restoration. Students will become familiar with
bog species: examples of bryophytes, tracheophytes, monocots and dicots. They will learn
about the bog as a place where different plants compete and where abiotic conditions favour
one or the other to win the competition. Finally, they will learn how restoration biology can
restore abiotic conditions and bring an ecosystem back to life.
Schedule and Evaluation:
two one page summaries of observing or taking part in work parties at Camosun bog choose
Each summary is out of 10 marks. The summary shows
what you observed. You are not required to volunteer to do any restoration work.
-form groups for Camosun bog project: two to four per group
-At least two members of your group attend two of the Saturday work parties and write
a one page summary of what you did there.
-Begin the draft of your project
Go to the bog for class leave school during silent reading to get there on time.
May Schedule All of these classes are in the bog. Leave school during silent reading
and arrive promptly at the bog for attendance and class work. The following events will take place in May:
bog rehearsal and bog orientation: flashcards due
bog story and games due for peer review
Bog Buddy program rehearsal.
first tour with one class
Second tour with a different class
1. Create an illustrated narrative about the bog in form of a story book. Include the
following key points:
1. 15000 years ago: ice age
2. 10000 years ago: ice melted, leaving a lake in camosun bog
3. 6000 years ago: sphagnum moss, the keystone species of the bog began to grow
4. dead moss turned into peat
5. peat did not decay due to bog conditions:
1. high water table
2. acid conditions
3. low oxygen
4. low nutrients
6. more bog plants came and the ecosystem became stable:
1. besides sphagnum moss
2. labrador tea
4. arctic starflower
5. pinus contorta
7. bog blueberry
7. 100 years ago, vancouver was built: drains removed the water from the bog.
Water table went down. Bog plants died and became soil. Invasive plants arrived:
8. Camosun bog restoration group restored the bog: removed the soil: lowered the
soil level, reintroduced bog plants, removed the invasives.
2. Make flashcards about the bog. See file called “bog plants to know”. Create a game
for the flashcards. Include both invasives and native species.
3. Go to the bog station rehearsal and familiarize yourself with the bog stations. 5
minutes per station.
4. Present your learning materials during the bog buddy tour.