Celebrating Education and Stewardship Action

  • Published on Jun 21 2017 |
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CPAWS Action Challenge AwardsAt CPAWS Southern Alberta we are celebrating our successes this year, as we commemorate the 20th anniversary of our education programs. We had another extremely successful school year in 2016-2017, surpassing our targets, developing new programs to add to our repertoire, engaging more students than ever in environmental action, and continuing to receive positive feedback from participants. We delivered 426 programs to over 8000 youth, teachers, and adult new immigrants! This included 137 hikes, 18 snowshoe treks, 240 classroom visits, 38 adult new immigrant programs and 14 workshops for teachers and the general public. Sixty seven percent of the schools we worked with this year were high needs and/or rural schools: 44 high needs schools and 56 rural schools.

An integral component of our programs is our Action Challenge. Each year we work with thousands of students, linking conservation with curriculum, building knowledge, and creating outdoor experiences that highlight Alberta’s parks and wilderness. Our goal is to inspire students to engage in positive environmental stewardship by taking on Action Challenge projects. We want to congratulate the following 2016-2017 Action Award winners who demonstrated extraordinary conservation actions:

Awesome Action Award – St. Luke School

The Awesome Action Award is for elementary students that take on the most exceptional action project. The Grade 5 students of St Luke School composed and delivered public service announces over the intercom to the entire school about why and how to recycle. Then the grade fives created posters for the whole school to illustrate the importance of recycling. And finally, they developed and delivered presentations to each class in the school in order to encourage a school-wide culture of recycling.

Hazel Gillespie Water Rangers Award – Peter Lougheed School

The Hazel Gillespie Water Ranger Award is for the best project focusing on water stewardship. The Grade 5 Environmental Stewardship and Grade 8 Environmental and Outdoor Education classes of Peter Lougheed School lead the school through a cleanup of their local wetland, along with an education program to help their community understand how to take better care of the site. This project fostered a greater appreciation for the importance of local ecosystems, the diversity of wildlife that may inhabit urban landscapes, and the profound impact of simple stewardship activities.

Gareth Thomson Award – Elboya School

The Gareth Thomson Award is for secondary students that take on the most inspiring action project. The Grade 8 students at Elboya School identified and researched water management issues; decided on effective, sustainable, and feasible solutions; planned an effective course of action; and put their plan into action. Projects included awareness campaigns using posters, brochures, videos and social media; letters written to members of the local government; fundraising; and community cleanups.

CPAWS Individual Action Award WinnersIndividual Action Award – Skyler and Mackenzie

Grade 8 students Skyler and Mackenzie of the Westmount School Student Council Green Team won this award for their self-watering planter box. This planter will increase success of the garden over summer, limit the use of water, provide elementary students with a learning tool, and provide junior high students with a place to hang out. Skyler and Mackenzie are excited to leave this legacy at the school.
With the support of our funders and partners, we are able to continue to deliver award winning environmental education programs to thousands of students in Alberta. Thank you. We are delighted to celebrate 20 years of conservation education with you this year. We look forward to the next 20 and beyond!

To support our Education Department, or for more information about our programs, please contact us at education@cpaws.org, 403-232-6686 or check out our website.