Clam gardens and other culturally important clam beaches have a legacy as important places of learning. These are places for First Nations youth to learn from their elders about clams and marine systems, cultural values, cosmology, economics, health, and the importance of community and family. Clam gardens are also places that introduce us to many ways of knowing and understanding the world around us.

Educators are increasingly recognizing how clam gardens can provide entry points for all learners into Indigenous ways of knowing and being. Clam gardens connect well with many aspects of school curricula throughout grades K-12.  See our Resources page for material that can be used by teachers looking to include clam garden content into their classes including books, documentaries, videos, audio clips, lesson plans, teachers’ guides, news articles, poetry, academic publications, photos, virtual and in-class presentations.

We also provide a "How to Record a Clam Garden" guide for Indigenous Communities interested in beginning or continuing clam garden surveys in their territories.

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Nicole Smith