Canadian Wildlife Federation

Brings Environmental Education to Gaspe

The Canadian Wildlife Federation recently brought its Project Wild and Below Zero workshops to the coast. With the help of Contact Environment and SOS Bats and facilitated by Fletcher Jerome of Listuguj a bilingual professional development training in environmental education was held on November 5th at the Douglastown Community Centre in Gaspe. Sixteen participants from diverse backgrounds and with a variety of interests took part, and Mr. Jerome was ‘especially happy to see the English French and Mi’ kmaq communities come together to work towards a healthier environment in the region.

‘Currently at least 600 plus species of plants and animals at risk of being lost from Canada and the Canadian Wildlife Federation works to provide the means for individuals and communities to take action and be a part of the solution.’

The Project Wild and Below Zero workshops were the first of their kind in the area; an activity designed to introduce the guidelines and program materials during the foray into the wild world of environmental education. According to participants it was also an incredible opportunity to meet like-minded individuals and to share future aspirations for environmental education. The gathering marked the beginning of a network of committed advocates for giving back the love of nature to children and adults and creating awareness about the pressing issues including species at risk. WILD Education which is also aimed at youth group and community leaders had three young participants: Dylan Clark, the species at risk technician in the SOS Bats project, high school student Taylor Clark, who is doing a work training with SOS Bats and Amy Fournier all took part in preparation for a future role in a developing environmental youth group.

The training was well received by educators from the traditional system, day care owners, home schoolers, a local honey bee expert and concerned community members; all with an interest in future environmental education activities. The group shared the excitement of discovery and the knowledge that they were not alone in their quest to re- connect youth to nature and offer concrete support to the earth and its species via program activities that focus on wildlife and the environment.

Requests for future workshops have already been requested and a representative of Contact Environment will take part in the facilitator training in the new year. For more information about the Canadian Wildlife Federation and its programs and activities please visit their website or to set up a local training call 581 887 2763.

“In the end, we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand and we will understand only what we are taught.”― Baba Dioum

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