Take a moment to think back on your childhood.
Can you pick one or two experiences that inspired you to discover and admire the natural world? Perhaps a family trip to a special place, a school field trip, or special teacher?
As a local nature conservancy, we want to do our very best to ensure children on Mayne Island get as much exposure as possible to inspiring nature experiences. Once we spark their interest and imagination, we help guide them on a path of self-learning and life-long care for our environment. Our project to create these inspirational experiences is the Science and Nature Education Program.
The word science is as important as the word nature! The program’s strength is to combine nature experiences with exposure to scientific principles. We do not restrict our education content to factoids and organism level biology, but explore topics such as astronomy, tidal forces, climate change, evolution, and natural disturbance regimes.
Our staff are experienced at taking these complex topics and teaching them using age-appropriate language and lessons. Our close relationship with School District 64 staff allows us to plan lessons that complement classroom-based content. We assist teachers on preparatory material and post-lesson follow-up, enabling us to contribute more significantly to student learning than if our lessons were unconnected to students’ long-term learning plans.
We fill an important role in a place where youth don’t have easy access to natural history centres such as museums and aquariums. The core of the project is delivered in close collaboration with staff at Mayne Island School, but we are always on the lookout for opportunities to engage with any youth residing on or visiting Mayne Island.
In addition to our staff, we connect students to guest professionals from within and outside of our community, helping to broaden student exposure to different professions and career opportunities.
Inspiring and educating the youngest segment of our population is a task that we hope will never end, but finding resources to keep going year after year can be challenging. The granting organization that supported it had been a strong supporter of our youth education program over the years, but has declined our grant application this year for $3,600. We are turning to you, our community donors, to help us keep the program running.
Will you help us contribute to Science and Nature Education for youth on Mayne Island?
Nature’s Classroom 2020
Our heartfelt thanks to those who have chosen to support youth education on Mayne Island this year:
Jan and Peter Wherely
John Muir said it best: "Going into the woods is going home". The Mayne Island Conservancy's school program helps students connect with… Read more
John Muir said it best: "Going into the woods is going home". The Mayne Island Conservancy's school program helps students connect with their home and understand this place!
Ian and Eleanor Cocker
Amy and Curtis Dearden
Learning about nature through science establishes a reliable foundation for conservation
Harold and Vicky Kasinsky / Turay
John and Eileen Verheul
Kim and Allen Rowley
The children at the Mayne School have been so fortunate to have the Nature Education program that has been delivered by the Conservancy on… Read more
The children at the Mayne School have been so fortunate to have the Nature Education program that has been delivered by the Conservancy on an annual basis for many years now. Let's not risk seeing the program end now. We are growing a whole new crop of Naturalists. It can only serve to develop a stronger environmental awareness in our fair community going forward.
I can't think of a better investment in Mayne Island's future.
Now more than ever we need to raise ecologically aware citizens. The Nature Classroom project is a gift for our children today, and a legacy… Read more
Now more than ever we need to raise ecologically aware citizens. The Nature Classroom project is a gift for our children today, and a legacy for future generations.
Rob and Judy Hutchinson
A donation to the conservancy's Nature Education program was on Karen Begley's Christmas wish list. Merry Christmas, Karen, from Aunt Judy… Read more
A donation to the conservancy's Nature Education program was on Karen Begley's Christmas wish list. Merry Christmas, Karen, from Aunt Judy and Uncle Rob!
For my kids and all the students of Mayne Island school
For my grandchildren on Mayne, from their Nana on Pender.
For Thomas and all the other Mayne Island children
In honour of Freya's 1st Birthday. May she always enjoy the great outdoors! Love, Gingin
For Logan and Alex and all of the children on Mayne Island