* Granted $5,000 for a conservation education outdoor classroom.
To build an outdoor classroom for use with school groups visiting the MCH&FHC to enhance and engage the youth through hands-on natural experiences. An outdoor classroom provides many new and exciting ways to complement existing lesson plans and create a new environment for youth to learn about our great Canadian outdoors. The outdoor classroom will provide an opportunity for youth to learn hands-on about insects, flowers, trees and our ecosystem, and instill them with the qualities required for them to become the next generation of nature stewards.
Studies have shown that the retention rate of learning by doing is 75% compared to just 5% from lecture-based learning. The addition of an outdoor classroom will enable the facility to provide students from more than 100 visiting school groups each year with a very valuable outdoors, hands-on nature lesson.