September 2013- Haliburton-Muskoka Children’s Water Festival- granted $1,500 for upgrading equipment for the festival
To provide an active, outdoor hands-on learning event which teaches elementary students the importance of water and water ecosystems, inspiring good water stewardship practices. The intention is that good water messages will be transferred back to children’s classrooms where teaches can draw upon these curriculum-linked messages. Children will also start acting on these important messages, becoming stewards in their home and communities. Participants including students, teachers, and parent supervisors learn that their actions and attitudes make a difference towards water and ecosystems and that we are all ultimately responsible for maintaining healthier water systems for future generations.
The 2013 festival occurred the week of Monday September 30th and Tuesday October 1st and was a “splashing success”! Over the two days, 1136 elementary students and 220 adults, including teachers, EA’s and parents, came and learned about water. Due to your generosity, we were able to give some much-needed maintenance to some of our activity centres, and develop “Beaver Fever” IN TIME FOR THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL. “Beaver Fever” is a fun activity which teaches children about the aquatic adaptations of the beaver using human-related metaphors, and is facilitated with a beaver puppet. We are pleased to say that this activity was a real hit with the students and the station was always busy with very engaged participants!
September 2013- Mario Cortellucci Hunting and Fishing Heritage Centre- granted $12,000 for the expansion of education wildlife displays
This project will make possible the expansion and enhancement of the Centre’s unique wildlife displays as well as funding the purchase of resources for youth conservation education outreach programs and initiatives.
September 2013- Ontario Streams- granted $ 8,000 for The Lower Humber Wetland project
The purpose of the project is to improve the health and biodiversity of the provincially significant, but degraded, Lower Humber River Wetland Complex, while also increasing the amount of wetland habitat available. This goal will be achieved through addressing the following objectives: non-native invasive species control, planting of native vegetation, garbage cleanup, and community engagement. By actively engaging the community in the implementation of this project, the public will learn about the importance of wetlands to the environment and our society, and will hopefully develop a stewardship ethic towards these green spaces.
Completion date is December 2015
September 2013- Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters- granted $10,000 for the Lake Ontario Atlantic Salmon Restoration project(LOASRP)
To assist in partnership with TD FEF in the delivery of a minimum of 10 cold-water stream habitat restoration projects for Atlantic Salmon on Cobourg Brook, Duffins Creek, Bronte Creek, and the Humber and Credit Rivers. The LOASRP benefits all cold-water fish in the streams by decreasing temperature, stabilising stream banks (preventing erosion) and opening up migration routes. Over 5,000 native trees and shrubs will be planted to create a vegetated buffer for the creeks to protect them from urban parks and roads.
September 2013- P.I.N.E. Project- granted $7,000 for the Wolverines Teen School
Using the existing capacity of the P.I.N.E. project and the expertise of its staff, as well as building on the demand for more of its innovative programs, the objective of this project is to create three, 10 week after school programs for teens (beginning January 2014) as well as holding 3 summer weekend meetings. Using the resources of P.I.N.E. outdoor and environmental education professionals, this program will provide the opportunity for urban teens to learn about stewardship, conservation and the outdoors in a natural setting. Once the initial costs for program development are incurred, the P.I.N.E. self-sustaining model (an affordable participant fee) will ensure that the program can continue to run in the future. As well, through its own Best Day Ever fund, P.I.N.E. subsidizes 20% of its under privileged youth participants, ensuring that teens belonging to families with limited incomes are able to participate in this exceptional opportunity.