CPAWS partners with Tim Horton Children’s Foundation to bring environmental education to camp-goers

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Southern Alberta Chapter (CPAWS SAB) partnered with the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation to add an environmental focus to leadership camps for underprivileged youth.

“We are very pleased to partner with the Tim Horton Children’s Ranch to add an environmental nature- appreciation component to their camp program,” says Jaclyn Angotti, Education Director for CPAWS SAB. “This is an opportunity these kids would not have otherwise.  Getting youth outdoors and connected to nature is critical for appreciation and to foster an ethic of conservation stewardship.” 

For the first time, beginning September 19, 100 students from an underprivileged Calgary elementary school will get the opportunity to go to the Tim Horton Children’s Ranch in Kananaskis and experience nature education programming developed and delivered by CPAWS SAB. The program involves a week at the camp and mentorship throughout the year from CPAWS’s Education Director to develop an environmental leadership project.  The program is called the Community Leaders Program.

“Camp-goers have the opportunity to connect with nature, and share their expertise with others in their community,” says Angotti. “This is a great way to build environmental awareness and lifelong stewardship of wilderness areas.”

While the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation covers the costs to send the children to camp, CPAWS, as a not-for-profit charity, relies on funding from community members to support their role and involvement in this program.  To help get underprivileged youth connected to nature and support environmental education, visit the CPAWS Environmental Education.

For media interviews:
Jaclyn Angotti, Education Director for CPAWS SAB at:
Anne-Marie Syslak, Executive Director for CPAWS SAB: 403-827-4562