NatureHood Partner Spotlight – BC Waterfowl Society

Jill Sturdy

Jill Sturdy, NatureHood Program Manager

Last week, we received a lovely thank you card from a class of Grade 4 students at Holly Elementary School in Surrey, BC, who had the opportunity to visit Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Delta, BC, as part of the NatureHood program. The BC Waterfowl Society, our local NatureHood partner, leads nature tours at the bird sanctuary for school groups and the public.

Students learned about the diversity of local wildlife and habitats by exploring the trails, and also got an up-close experience feeding the birds. For many of them, this was the “best field trip ever!”

Image of kids feeing birds

Part of the funding we receive from Environment and Climate Change Canada enables school groups to visit places like Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary and Alaksen National Wildlife Area. Opportunities for these students would not otherwise be possible without the grant provided.

BC Waterfowl Society, is one of 13 local NatureHood partners across the country who are providing hands-on nature experiences to kids and families.

Experiential learning in nature, and wildlife viewing is exactly what NatureHood is all about! Providing opportunities to spend time in and explore nearby nature will help to foster a relationship with the natural world, and ultimately help develop a new generation of nature lovers!

You don’t need to go far to explore in nature! You can find it almost anywhere. Now that winter has arrived (in most of the country), embrace the season and explore in the snow. Look for animal tracks in the snow and see where they lead to. Bundle up and spend some time in nature over the holiday season!

“I really enjoyed being out in nature for the day” – Brooklyn

“My favourite part was when the birds landed on my hand. Thanks for the Best field trip ever!!” – Marihar

“I like how Gus the Goose followed us” – Michele

“The class and I shared such a rich learning experience! Without you this would not have been possible. Thank you!” – Ms. Steffler, Grade 4 teacher at Holly Elementary

Image of NatureHood Thank You Card

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