Union Gas Donates $4,000 To Support ERCA’s Nature In Education Program

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Union Gas is helping local area students reconnect with nature with a $4,000 grant to support Essex Region Conservation’s Nature in Education program.

The program, linked to the Ontario curriculum, is aimed at students from junior kindergarten to Grade 12, and includes field activities such as map courses, hawk banding and stream table experiments at ERCA Conservation Areas. More than 350,000 students in our region have participated in this program since it began more than 35 years ago. The wide array of educational programs, including Nature in Education, support Essex Region Conservation’s ongoing efforts to establish our region as the Place for Life.

“Outdoor education provides a unique, hands-on learning environment to allow children to interact with nature. And while we have long-promoted the incredible value of our programs and the extraordinary need to get all children outdoors in a natural setting, we also recognize the budget pressures that some schools face,” says Richard Wyma, General Manager of the Essex Region Conservation Authority and Executive Director, Essex Region Conservation Foundation. “Thanks to the immense generosity of organizations like Union Gas, Essex Region Conservation is able to ensure that all students – especially those with the greatest financial needs – have the opportunity to connect with nature and experience our curriculum-based outdoor education programs.”

Sean Collier, Union Gas District Manager for Windsor/Chatham, was on hand today to visit with students at St. Jean Baptiste Elementary School as they participated in a Nature in Education program at John R. Park Homestead Conservation Area.

“At Union Gas, we believe that investing in environment education creates lasting benefits for people and communities,” said Collier. “We’re very pleased to continue our support of Essex Region Conservation Authority and its Nature in Education program, which is helping children connect and respect nature.”

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