Youth Engagement in Environmental Stewardship Program
Since 2009, the St. Croix Estuary Project Inc. has been delivering the Youth Engagement in Environmental Stewardship Program (YEES) with the objective of empowering youth to become local stewards of the Province’s natural resources. This program has provided youth with knowledge and practical skills with respect to wildlife, natural habitats and stewardship activities and is offered in correlation with the high school science curriculum.
The students are introduced to a variety of environmental subjects such as aquatic ecosystems (including wetlands, riparian zones, rivers and lakes), forestry, soils and wildlife. As part of the hands-on experience, students take measurements, such as water quality parameter measurements, to analyze the difference between local bodies of water including marshes and lakes. Soil samples are also analyzed to determine the qualities and role in the forest. Guest speakers on various topics also make class visits and facilitate presentations and help contribute to the knowledge sharing aspects of the program.
The study of the inter-tidal zones, help students to discover the adaptations of local marine species, and how these species evolve in order to survive in harsh environments. Native New Brunswick wildlife is studied, in relation to the local ecosystems, and an attempt to identify many species using their tracks, scats, songs, nests and behavior is practiced by the students. Students also learn about the endangered species of the area, in addition to land and wildlife management strategies, in order to learn the importance and value in taking an active role to environmental preservation.
With the support of the Fundy Community Foundation, Environmental Trust Fund and New Brunswick Wildlife Trust Fund, the 2016/2017 YEES program has reached two local high schools – St. Stephen High School and Sir James Dunn Academy. We hope to grow the program even more next year!
Nature Detective Program
The Nature Detective Programs is a fun and interactive way of introducing elementary school-aged children to the St. Croix Estuary and Ganong Nature Park. Students become “Nature Detectives” of the Park and help us discover and learn about what happens at the Park when we are not here. Students join Park Rangers in a Park investigation into the inhabitants of the Park. Students follow a trail of clues as they hike and explore the Park and use these clues to make an amazing discovery at the end. Through their participation, students learn about our natural environment and about the animals that call our region home. They are also introduced to various species of trees and learn about how they grow and adapt to the environment around them.
This program introduces young children to outdoor, hands-on experiences and helps to develop and enhance a love for their natural environment. By cultivating an appreciation and understanding of wildlife resources, this programs aims to foster wise environmental stewardship and responsible actions toward wildlife and related natural resources.
Creating Adventure Program
We are very excited to introduce Preserving Beauty: Creating Adventure, a brand-new program at the Park! This program is designed to get children outside exploring the trails, beaches and forest of the Park and encourages environmental stewardship through outdoor recreation and adventure. A child-friendly trail map and passport program has been developed, which encourages self-directed exploration. As children explore they Park, they complete tasks on their passport and upon successful completion, they will be awarded a badge as an “Honorary Junior Park Ranger.” We believe that by enabling a connection with nature, children will become lifelong stewards and explorers. Trail maps and further direction are available at the park!
These programs are possible because of the generous support of the following:
Our project(s) are funded in part by the New Brunswick Wildlife Trust Fund. This Wildlife Trust Fund obtains a portion of its revenue from the purchase of conservation plates by New Brunswick residents who are interested in conservation. Seven dollars ($7) from each conversation plate purchase goes into that fund annually. These funds are awarded to projects such as ours by the Minister of Natural Resources following review and recommendation by a independent board of 17 volunteers. Revenue from license plates is critical in furthering conservation efforts in our province so please consider purchasing conservation plates with your next car purchase to enable the NB Wildlife Trust Fund to continue to provide financial support for worthy wildlife projects.
Your Environmental Trust Fund at Work – Votre Fonds en fiducie pour l’environnement au travail.
Funding for this project is provided by the Fundy Community Foundation. The views and opinions expressed in this publication/website do not necessarily reflect those of the Fundy Community Foundation.