Winged Migration program keeps disadvantaged youth connected to nature
TORONTO, Oct. 18 /CNW/ -
- Tour of Tommy Thompson Park (TTP) and TTP Bird Research Station
- Grade 6 students from St. Aidan Catholic School learning about bird
migration and the banding and release of birds
- Representatives from Toronto District School Board, Toronto Catholic
District School Board, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA),
Imperial Oil and TD Friends of the Environment
- Urbanization, poverty, growth of television programs targeted to
young children and lack of funding for youth-oriented nature programs
is causing many children to be affected with 'Nature Deficient
- Nature Deficient Disorder was first coined by Richard Louv, whose
recent book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature
Deficit Disorder, explores the impact that the disconnect from nature
can have on future generations.
- Toronto and Region Conservation is fighting against the growing
number of school-age children who are affected with Nature Deficient
Disorder by taking them out of the classroom and into the natural
environment with its Investigating The Living City Spaces Programs.
ABOUT INVESTIGATING THE LIVING CITY SPACES: WINGED MIGRATION
- The Investigating The Living City Spaces: Winged Migration program
helps students from Grades 4 to 7, in low socio-economic areas in
Toronto, to better connect with nature.
- The program began in 2004 and has been supported by the Imperial Oil
Foundation for the past two years. The TD Friends of the Environment
Foundation started supporting the program in 2007. Approximately
2,500 children have participated since program inception.
- Tommy Thompson Park is an internationally recognized bird-watching
area situated on the north shore of Lake Ontario.
- Lunch will be served.
WHEN: October 23, 2007 at 11:30 a.m. (recognition ceremony to celebrate
the program's success and sponsors). Interested media may
participate in the tour/bird-banding aspect of the program with
St. Aidan Catholic School students, but must arrive promptly by
WHERE: Tommy Thompson Park, at the foot of Leslie Street, Toronto
"In order to have our future generation have the same sense of urgency
and respect for the earth as we do, we need to provide them with opportunities
to experience nature," said Gerri-Lynn O'Connor, Chair, Toronto and Region
"Imperial actively sponsors innovative programs that support
environmental conservation, leading research and increasing environmental
awareness among Canadians," said Monica Samper, president, Imperial Oil
Foundation. "That's why we're so pleased to sponsor the Winged Migration
program and bring this exciting education opportunity to school children."
"I learned a lot more about birds than I thought I did! Before this trip,
I kept thinking, how much can a bird do, all it does is fly and eat all day.
But after this trip I've learned that a bird has a lot more to do than
that..." Grade 6 student who attended the program in the past.
RELEVANT LINKS: www.trca-education.ca; www.ttpbrs.ca; www.trca.on.ca
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