Kids in Nature Corporate Challenge
Creating Environmental and Outdoor Learning Opportunities for Youth
Children are passionate about making a real difference when it comes to the environment. Almost unanimously they identify the crisis facing animals as their number one environmental concern. But many students aren't given the opportunity to experience wildlife inside or outside of their classrooms. Often their neighborhoods lack the green spaces many of us are accustomed to and school field trip money is scarce. Unfortunately, many students from our community cannot afford to participate in such activities. In a recent Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) survey of 631 teachers, 81% of respondents identified cost or funding as a significant barrier to student participation in field trips.
In response to this, TRCA and Earth Rangers, through Partners in Project Green, have teamed up to create a program to provide youth from priority neighbourhoods the opportunity to experience the wonder of wildlife in their classrooms and then continue the learning at TRCA's environmental education centres.
The Kids in Nature Corporate Challenge is designed to bring nature into schools to educate students about the threats facing our environment. The program also allows students the opportunity to further their environmental learning and become active in their community.
The Program Includes:
• Earth Rangers Bring Back the WildTM live animal show performed in school.
• A visit to the Korthright Conservation Centre to experience nature first hand.
Provide the Kids in Nature Corporate Challenge program to 50 schools in priority neighbourhoods in and around the Pearson Eco-Business Zone
How You Can Help
School Scholarship Sponsor Fee: $2,000 per school
Class Scholarship - Class benefits:
• Full day field trip to TRCA's Kortright Centre for Conservation for 6th grade class. Includes: all teaching, transportation, games and memories
• School visit from the Earth Rangers Bring Back the Wild program
• Teacher resources and classroom activities
Benefits to your business:
• A charitable tax receipt for the value of your support
• Letters from the class you have supported
• Recognized as a Kids in Nature Class Scholarship sponsor through Partners in Project Green, TRCA and Earth Rangers communications
• Opportunity to send representatives to attend annual Spring Creek Clean-up event
Sponsors can select a level of engagement that fits their interest, ranging from the following sponsorship tiers:
• Platinum Level: 10+ schools
• Gold Level: 5-10 schools
• Bronze Level: 1-5 schools
To learn more, contact
Darryl Gray, TRCA
Director, Education, Training and Outreach
416-791-0327 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Philanthropy Officer, Education, Training and Outreach
416-661-6600 x5466 | email@example.com
Earth Rangers Bring Back the WildTM Show
Earth Rangers new "Bring Back the Wild" Show features some of our most dynamic Animal Ambassadors, including Cosmo the ring-tailed lemur demonstrating his leaping behaviours and Sonic the Barn Owl swooping silently overhead. The show focuses on the challenges facing global biodiversity today and incorporates video footage of some of the world's most beautiful habitats. This provides students with a unique experience and leaves them inspired to take immediate action to help protect the environment.
Kortright Centre for Conservation
Research has shown that student health and academic performance benefits greatly from outdoor activities. For more than two decades teachers have been bringing their classes to the Kortright Centre to experience nature first hand. The centre offers many different natural settings - forests, meadows, streams and wetlands - ideal for studying a variety of environmental topics.
Kortright Centre programs are curriculum-linked and hands-on, and allow students to learn about the natural environment through exploration and discovery. With nature as their classroom, students develop new knowledge and become inspired to bring the lessons home and take action in their community.