Bringing nature home for World Environment Day
On Friday, June 5, 2020, World Environment Day, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and partners brought nature to families’ backyards in the Campbellford area yet again through NCC’s Youth for Conservation project.
Thanks to generous support from Mike Wilson & Family, the Campbellford/Seymour Community Foundation, and Grow Wild, NCC staff prepared and delivered 27 native seed kits. These plastic-free kits, sent to interested participants, were distributed via contactless pickup on Friday June 5 in Campbellford. The seed kits included soil, native plant seeds, information on the seeds provided, and tutorial on how to make pots out of toilet paper rolls (both paper and online). Visit natureconservancy.ca/Ontario to learn more.
The Youth for Conservation project’s aim is to get local school groups involved in NCC’s conservation work at the national, not-for-profit land trust’s Mary West Nature Reserve, located just three kilometres outside of Campbellford. However, due to the impact of COVID-19, the staff at NCC came up with an alternative, creative solution to connect children to nature this spring. Thanks to community partnerships, NCC was able to get youth and families engaged with nature from their homes.
Once the seedlings have established, NCC encourages families to plant them out in their gardens, which will contribute to local biodiversity and provide excellent food for our native pollinators, all in time to celebrate international pollinator week on the third week of June. Visit www.pollinator.org for fun activities and facts about pollinators.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is the nation's leading not-for-profit, private land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962, NCC and its partners have helped to protect 14 million hectares (35 million acres), coast to coast to coast, with more than 84,000 hectares (207,000 acres) in Ontario. To learn more, visit natureconservancy.ca.
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