Wildsight is bringing environmental education into schools throughout the region.
The conservation group’s ongoing Beyond Recycling program teaches grade five and six students about the benefits of blue bins and other green actions.
Communications Manager Lindsay Cuff says its important to reach out to kids at this age when they have an open mind about the future.
“This next generation is going to inherit a lot of pretty complex problems when it comes to the environment, when it comes to sustainability,” Cuff says. “So its really important that we don’t just say ‘here you go, here’s these problems, you figure it out’ and that we give them some tools in their tool belt to be able to deal with them.”
Wildsight is also leading a field school course in August focusing on the history and culture of the Columbia River.
Both programs received a combined $80,000 earlier this week through Columbia Basin Trust Environment Grants, part of around $450,000 split amongst East Kootenay groups.
(Photo from Wildsight: TM Roberts Elementary Students taking part in Beyond Recycling program)
– Wildsight Communications and Development Manager Lindsay Cuff