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In 2005 a pilot program, Trading Books for Boats in Bonne Bay was offered to students in the Bonne Bay area and Gulf of St. Lawrence. The intent of the program is to provide students with a greater understanding and appreciation for water quality. This topic is an important component of the grade 8 science curriculum.

Program Outcome

Trading Books for Boats in Bonne Bay is an experiential program that takes place at Memorial University.s Bonne Bay Marine Station in Norris Point. The program is designed to cover the length of a school day, starting with a presentation (here) in the theater on water quality. Each class was then split in half, with one group of students being directed to a charter boat for an exploration of Bonne Bay, The other group remains in the marine station to complete a series of learning stations. Student groups are reversed for the afternoon session. All students gather for a wrap-up and feedback session at the end of the day.

The marine sampling component takes place aboard Bon Tours water taxi the `MV Bon Tours'. The boat leaves the dock beside the marine station. Students learn about the formation of Bonne Bay, and how to read a marine chart. Measurements taken include salinity, dissolved oxygen and temperature (at two water depths), and turbidity. Students also collect live plankton for observation under the microscope. Data is recorded and will be entered into a spreadsheet made available to all schools through the Bonne Bay Marine Station website.

  • Click here for data collected in 2005.
  • Click here for data collected in 2006.
  • Click here for data collected in 2008.
  • No data collected for 2009.
  • Click here for data collected in 2010/2011.

Students in the Marine Station rotate through several learning stations covering topics such as oil spills, wastewater treatment, plankton, marine debris, and coastal activities. They read charts, examine diagrams, conduct experiments, and answer workbook questions pertaining to each topic. Most of the stations contain a hands-on component with interactive experiments.


Western School District, Bonne Bay Marine Station Memorial University, Community-University Research for Recovery Alliance(CURRA), BonTours, Red Ochre Development Board Inc. - Intergrated Coastal Zone Management Steering Committee, ACAP Humber Arm Environmental Association Inc., Gros Morne Co-operating Association and Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

mailing address:

Bonne Bay Marine Station
PO Box 69
Norris Point, NL
A0K 3V0

email addresses:

Dr. Robert Scott, Director

Allison Eaton, Manager

Marine Education Interpretive Staff

Front Desk (May-Sept.): (709) 458-2874