At the root of all conservation efforts is education, whether it is the most highly educated biologist in the field, or simply a consumer making a more informed, environmentally friendly choice. Be it a young child learning about animals by reading a book, an exciting visit to a zoo, or the chance to interact with live animals during a presentation; every time a person of any age is exposed to nature it helps them develop a greater appreciation and understanding of the amazing and fragile world in which we live.
Biologists require funding to research the environment and develop strategies to protect threatened eco-systems. While conservation authorities require political approval to implement these strategies, both of these are impossible without the foundation of an educated general population. The combined efforts of the global zoological community play a vital role in improving the public’s awareness of environmental issues.
Sadly in many developing countries one of the largest hurdles conservation authorities face is a lack of public understanding regarding the issues facing their local environment. By placing an emphasis on environmental education, influential countries such as Canada can lead the way in ensuring future generations around the world have a healthy, stable environment in which to live.
At the Centre we have been directly involved with public education since 1987, and we have clearly seen the level of interest in the environment grow during this time. This growth constantly inspires us to improve the content and scope of our Outreach Programs. We are very proud of the work done by the centre's staff to raise environmental awareness, and will continue to dedicate our efforts to increasing the public’s knowledge of our beautiful planet.
Since 1987 the Centre has been helping to promote the conservation of specialized species through education with its exciting, interactive and educational Outreach Programs.
The Centre’s Outreach Programs reach a wide area throughout Ontario; from Ottawa to Toronto, over 5,000 students per year benefit from our program in schools, while tens of thousands of people, young and old alike, get the chance to ask questions and interact with live animals at the various community fairs and festivals that we attend.
The three aspects of our Outreach program that we are the most proud of are its content, customizability and interactivity. Our programs go far above simply describing where an animal can be found and what it eats. We cover a multitude of topics, depending on the audience that is attending the presentation. One example of the quality of our content pertains to high schools. We find many secondary school teachers are hesitant at first to book our program because they feel that our content would not suit their more advanced students. However, once they have viewed our program they commonly have us back into their schools each semester!
Due to the fact that our presentations are not scripted, we can customize the content to best suit our audience on that particular day. For example: rather than assume what subject a class may be currently focusing on, we ask teachers what topics their students are studying in advance of our visit so that we may best assist them in helping their students learn. Many teachers consider our yearly visit to be a major part of their environmental curriculum, and we jointly work together to plan a presentation that provides the most benefits to their students.
We always enjoy answering questions during our programs, and are often quite impressed by the amount of participation on the part of the attendees. In addition we also allow the public to get up close to many of the animals used in our programs. Whether it be a young child touching the wing of a live bird, or an older student actually getting the chance to feed an owl; the chance to interact first hand with living creatures is always thrilling and educational. Allowing the public to see the animals up close helps break down some of the myths surrounding them, and also encourages a greater appreciation for these magnificent creatures.
For more detailed information on our various Outreach Programs check out our education section. If you have any additional questions regarding our educational programs please contact us.
If you have found an injured bird of prey (hawk, falcon, owl, etc.), contact the Centre and our experienced staff can assist in determining what steps should be taken to ensure the bird receives the best possible care.
Havelock, Ontario K0L 1Z0
Telephone : +1 705 778 5273
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