ERCA Starting Teen Ranger Program For Young People

Monday May 25th, 2015

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The Essex Region Conservation Authority is introducing a Teen Ranger program this summer for young people between the ages of 12 to 15 to provide pre-workplace leadership skills.

“Our certified education staff will guide Teen Rangers through hands-on experiences,” explains Danielle Breault Stuebing, ERCA’s Director of Community Outreach Services. “Program graduates will have an increased appreciation for the world and people around them; better team-building skills; and greater awareness of themselves and their abilities.”

The program will take place on four consecutive Tuesdays in the month of August at Conservation Areas around the region including Holiday Beach (Amherstburg), Hillman Marsh (Leamington), Cedar Creek and the John R. Park Homestead (Essex).

Participants will practice wilderness survival skills like shelter construction, fire building, and orienteering, go canoeing and complete the ORCKA Safe Canoeing program, build habitats for local wildlife and learn how to identify local species, gain homesteading skills such as blacksmithing, tending farm animals, finger weaving and more and get a Teen Ranger T-Shirt.

Cost for the four week program is  $100. Participants may be dropped off at each of the locations by parents, or, thanks to a donation by Unifor Local 200, participate in school bus transportation from the Unifor Local office at 1855 Turner Road, Windsor, which is accessible by public transit.

“We’re so incredibly grateful to Unifor Local 200 for this donation,” Breault Stuebing adds. “In launching this program, we wanted to find a way to ensure that transportation to Conservation Areas did not present a barrier to participation, and thanks to Local 200, now all students will have equal opportunity.”

Program registration will be limited to just 20 participants. More information can be found online here.

 

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