OTTAWA, April 7 /CNW/ - Renowned Canadian wildlife artist Robert Bateman
is joining forces with the Canadian Wildlife Federation, Parks Canada
and Wildlife Habitat Canada to encourage youth to connect with nature
through the 2011 Canadian Wildlife Federation Robert Bateman Get to
The annual contest, now in its twelfth year, invites youth to get
outside and "get to know" their wild neighbours and to share their
experiences through art, photography, video, or writing. Youth can
submit their entries at www.gettoknow.ca. Get to Know Contest launch events will take place at twenty-four sites
across Canada during National Wildlife Week, April 10 to 16.
Several events will also join in CWF's second annual Walk for Wildlife.
Walk for Wildlife is a national campaign that encourages people across
Canada to experience the wildlife and natural spaces that surround
them, then log their kilometres at NationalWildlifeWeek.com. "The Walk for Wildlife and Get to Know Contest complement each other
beautifully," says Wade Luzny, CWF CEO and Executive Vice-President.
Robert Bateman agrees, stating, "I cannot imagine a better way to
launch the 2011 Get to Know Contest than with a Walk for Wildlife."
The theme of the 2011 CWF Robert Bateman Get to Know Contest is "This is
My Forest," in celebration of the United Nations' International Year of
Forests. The prizes available for youth include: having their artwork
featured in CWF's WILD Magazine, the 2012 CWF Robert Bateman Get to Know Calendar, or the Wildlife
Habitat Canada 2012 Youth Conservation Stamp; attending the week-long
Art & Nature Camp in Victoria, BC hosted by Parks Canada at Fort Rodd
National Historic Site and Gulf Islands National Park Reserve; art
packs, cameras, books; and more.
The Get to Know Contest and Walk for Wildlife are motivated by Robert
Bateman's and CWF's passion for firsthand nature experience and a
growing body of research showing that "children are smarter, better
able to get along with others, healthier and happier when they have
regular opportunities to be in the out-of-doors."1 Bateman and CWF are joined by other environmental leaders, including
Margaret Atwood and "Survivorman" Les Stroud, in encouraging youth to
connect with nature through the contest. "By taking part in the Get to
Know Contest, youth learn to connect with nature and spend time out of
doors. I am thrilled to be a part of the Get to Know team," says
About the Canadian Wildlife Federation
The Canadian Wildlife Federation is dedicated to fostering awareness and
appreciation of our natural world. By spreading knowledge of human
impacts on the environment, sponsoring research, promoting the
sustainable use of natural resources, recommending changes to policy
and co-operating with like-minded partners, CWF encourages a future in
which Canadians can live in harmony with nature.
About the Robert Bateman Get to Know Program
In the past decade, the Robert Bateman Get to Know Program has connected
hundreds of thousands of young people with nature by encouraging them
to "get to know" their wild neighbours. The program provides youth with
direct, hands-on learning opportunities through cutting-edge
educational initiatives based on current research and developed in
conjunction with leading educators. The Get to Know Program envisions a
continent-wide shift in thinking, towards an understanding that
conserving biodiversity is our shared responsibility. By encouraging
young people to regard other species as important members of their
community, we are working to restore the link between youth and the
environment, and foster the next generation of passionate environmental
stewards. Recent Get to Know initiatives include Virtual Hikes -
interactive learning resources which introduce youth to local green
spaces; Natural Treasure, a program which draws youth outside to local
parks in search of hidden hieroglyphs; and the Get to Know BioBlitz.
For more information visit www.gettoknow.ca. Promotional Kit, including videos and posters, available at www.gettoknow.ca/ca/contest/promo-kit.php.
About Parks Canada
In 2011, Parks Canada celebrates the centennial of its establishment as
the Dominion Parks Service, the first federal agency in the world
managing national parks and is today a recognized leader in the
conservation and preservation of natural and cultural heritage. Parks
Canada works to ensure Canada's historic and natural heritage is
protected and, through a network of 42 national parks, 167 national
historic sites, and four national marine conservation areas, invites
Canadians and people around the world to engage in personal moments of
inspiring discovery at our treasured natural and historic places.
About Wildlife Habitat Canada
Wildlife Habitat Canada is a national, non-profit, charitable
conservation organization established in 1984. We work through
partnerships with communities, landowners, governments, non-government
organizations, and industry to find effective solutions to address
problems facing wildlife habitat.
Our objectives are to promote the conservation, restoration and
enhancement of wildlife habitat in order to retain the diversity,
distribution and abundance of wildlife; provide a funding mechanism for
wildlife habitat conservation programs in Canada; and to foster
coordination and leadership in the conservation community across
1 Burdette, Hillary L., M.D., M.S.; and Robert C. Whitaker, M.D, M.P.H.
"Resurrecting Free Play in Young Children: Looking Beyond Fitness and
Fatness to Attention, Affiliation and Affect." © 2005 American Medical
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