The Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA) and their fundraising branch, the Essex Region Conservation Foundation (ERCF) are trying to make sure that all students in our region will have the chance to experience nature with curriculum-based outdoor education programs.
A new program called Nature in Education was launched recently at F.W. Begley Public School.
“Outdoor education provides a unique, hands-on learning environment to allow children to interact with nature,” said ERCA chairperson Joe Bachetti.
This foundation is responding to a need in the community. Some schools in the area have limited finances to take part in some of the ERCA programs such as John R. Park Homestead or Hillman Marsh. Through the lottery, students can earn trips to these and other natural areas throughout the region.
GECDSB Director of Education, Erin Kelly was on hand for the announcement.
“The Essex Region Conservation Authority has been a valued partner for our board for many years and we are really glad they are helping keep our relationship fresh, with new ideas and opportunities such as this program,” Kelly stated.
She said that through ERCA, thousands of students have been able to learn about nature through visits to conservation areas and with this Nature in Education program, many more, especially those from urban areas will enjoy these same experiences.