’50 in 50′: Youth Education – Connecting Kids with Nature (1971)

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 Lower Trent Conservation is celebrating its 50th anniversary! To celebrate this milestone, we will be releasing a ’50 in 50′ historical blog series throughout the year – 50 articles highlighting some of the achievements, milestones and events of the past 50 years.

The youth of today are tomorrow’s environmental leaders. Lower Trent Conservation has long embraced the need to educate, educate, educate to help ensure the future health of our watershed and the planet.

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Tasting Maple Syrup – 1979

As early as 1971, Lower Trent Conservation was providing educational programs to some local schools. By 1975, sugar bush tours and Arbor Day activities were being offered to school groups across the watershed region. In 1985, a Spring Water Awareness Program was  launched, creating awareness of the dangers of spring water runoff.

Conservation Education- SWAP 1990 (Marilyn)
Spring Water Awareness Program – 1990

Other youth programs over the years have included the Goodrich-Loomis Nature Camp summer program, Tri-County Children’s Water Festival, Caring for Our Watersheds™ contest, and Yellow Fish Road™ program. All are very different types of programs, but have the same goal: to promote a deeper appreciation of the natural world and an understanding of how each of our actions impact the health of the watershed.

Lindsay Holmes
Stream study time at Goodrich-Loomis Nature Camp – 2003

From in-class presentations to streamside studies, Lower Trent Conservation has provided youth environmental education for close to 50 years, teaching thousands of children to value the earth and all living things, and learning that everything is connected to everything else.

Are you a teacher or youth club leader and interested in ‘connecting kids with nature’? Check out our website!


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