The Britannia Mine Museum announced a local program taking place during the upcoming spring break for the Sea to Sky School District.
Just south of Squamish, the museum is hosting a family-friendly program called Mini Mud Monsters from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. from March 15 to 19 and 22 to 26.
“This spring break, kids of all ages can immerse themselves and get their hands dirty with our STEAM related Mini Mud Monsters sessions and learn about the tiny organisms that are now thriving in Britannia Creek,” said Derek Jang, manager of interpretive delivery at the Britannia Mine Museum, in a news release.
The sessions will focus on lessons in environmental remediation using the Britannia Mine as its backdrop. Participants will get to meet tiny organisms from the nearby creek better to understand the impact of mining on the ecosystem.
“Dissolved metals from the mine due to acid rock drainage were once a significant source of pollution and Britannia Creek was heavily impacted,” reads the release.
“Skimming the creek for insect life and looking for pollution-intolerant species can help demonstrate the positive impacts of the Epcor Britannia Mine Water Treatment Plant, which has significantly improved water quality since 2005.”
This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the 20-storey Mill No. 3 building, a National Historic Site.
“Throughout this year, the museum will celebrate the Mill’s history through an exhibition and events which highlight the technology and engineering developed within it, the impacts it made to the mine’s operations and the memories it has for people within the community,” reads the release
For more information about the upcoming spring break programming and general information, please visit BritanniaMineMuseum.ca.