HSBC Bank Canada
Creating personal connections
Ensuring the future of our natural places requires building stronger bonds between nature and Canada’s youth; the decision-makers of tomorrow. In an era where children spend more and more time indoors and with technology, the Nature Days program gives young people the opportunity to discover nature and the diversity of plants and animals all around them.
Nature Days was launched in 2012 by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) with support from HSBC Bank Canada to engage youth in the natural environment, to provide primary school students from select schools in the vicinity of Calgary, Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto with the opportunity to explore the natural world through a day at NCC’s nature reserves with conservation science staff and experts.
For some children, their Nature Days was their first time visiting a wild, undeveloped landscape. To date, over 350 students have experienced a Nature Day, learning about diverse Canadian habitats and species at risk, such as British Columbia’s Pacific rain forests and wild salmon, Alberta’s badlands, Ontario’s hardwood forests and wetlands and the globally rare salamanders of Quebec’s Green Mountains.
“The Nature Days event was the first time that some of my students explored the woods. It was a chance for them to learn about different trees, examine insects and investigate under logs and along stream beds in search of salamanders,” said Marc Lemoine, Grade 8 teacher at Adrienne Clarkson Public School in Ontario.
“Through the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Nature Days program we will bring conservation to life for youth,” remarked John Lounds, CEO and president of the Nature Conservancy of Canada. “We know that the future caretakers of our land are sitting in classrooms across the country today. HSBC Bank Canada’s commitment will help us to inspire young people to take action to protect the rich diversity of nature in Canada for many generations to come.”
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