ERCA Expands Teen Ranger Program
Wednesday July 8th, 2015
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Due to the overwhelming demand for the TeenRanger Program which was launched by the Essex Region Conservation Authority, a second session has been added.
“The program was booked to capacity within 48 hours of its announcement,” explains Danielle Breault Stuebing, ERCA’s Director of Community Outreach Services. “We received several notes from individuals who were not able to join up for the Tuesday sessions, so we have added capacity and resources to offer a second program and ensure no one is disappointed.”
The second session of the TeenRanger program will be held on Fridays in August for young people aged 12 to 15 to provide pre-workplace leadership skills. ERCA’s certified education staff will guide Teen Rangers through hands-on experiences. “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,” Breault Stuebing adds.
The program will take 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
Cost for the four week program is t $100, and participants in the Friday program will need to be dropped off at each of the locations. Program registration will be limited to 20 participants. More information can be found www.erca.org/teenranger.