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Environmental Education

With the Environmental Education programming back to Dundas Valley for all of 2023, Education staff were kept busy throughout the year.

In addition to bringing Environmental Education to approximately 4,000 students from across Hamilton in 2023, staff developed and piloted new programming to reach students from kindergarten to high school. This included programming to engage students at a younger age, Geography programming, and French Immersion programming to offer outdoor education in both French and English.

Many of these programs were made possible because the school was able to receive funding to cover their bussing costs from the Hamilton Conservation Foundation’s transportation grant and the generosity of our donors. Nearly 1,300 students got to attend a program in the Dundas Valley with the help of this funding! We received many comments of gratitude from both students and teachers, with many commenting that they do not have regular access to green space near their school.

Students at Queen Victoria School summarized their visit:
“We appreciate the opportunity we were given to come and enjoy the wonders of Dundas Valley Conservation Area with no fees.

We learned a lot from hiking and from the staff explaining different plants and animals. We also thought the use of binoculars were pretty cool. The games were fun, especially the one with omnivores, carnivores, and herbivores.

Thank you once again for this amazing trip!”

And we extend that thank you to the 2023-24 donors to the Foundation’s Step Into Nature Fund in support of Environmental Education:

  • CHML Children’s Fund
  • Darling Ingredients
  • Dobson-McKee Environmental Education Endowment at the Hamilton Conservation Foundation
  • Enbridge Inc.
  • Hamilton Community Foundation:
    • The Dougher Community Fund
    • Edith Turner Foundation Fund
  • Hamilton Industrial Environmental Association

And the many individual donors who support the Fund annually!

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