Generous donor supports costs for schools to visit Park
June 9, 2015 – Leamington, Ontario – Parks Canada
Dave Van Kesteren, Member of Parliament for Chatham-Kent-Essex, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today highlighted the contribution of an anonymous donor whose incredible generosity will help connect thousands of local young Canadians to the beauty, tranquility and unique natural heritage of Point Pelee National Park.
During May and June, Parks Canada will be hosting over 25 schools from the Wheatley, Leamington, Kingsville and Essex region, representing over 6,000 kids. These visits are being sponsored by an anonymous donor who loves Point Pelee National Park and wants local kids to have a similar amazing experience of connecting with nature in the park.
During their visit, students will have a whole variety of activities to choose from which includes exploring the Marsh Boardwalk, learning about the conservation work in the park to protect species and their habitat, or hopping on a shuttle to the southernmost tip of Canada. Fun and knowledgeable Parks Canada staff will be on hand to showcase artifacts, lead hikes, demonstrate conservation work and lead bug scoops at the Marsh.
- Located 50 km south-east of Windsor, Ontario, Point Pelee National Park is Canada’s smallest national park. Interwoven throughout the Park’s 20-square-kilometre landscape is a patchwork of marsh, forest, fields, and beaches, home to a rich diversity of plant and animal life – which makes for an amazing living laboratory for kids to explore.
- Parks Canada supports Canada’s National Conservation Plan (NCP) by taking concrete action to conserve our country’s natural environment. In Point Pelee National Park, Parks Canada is hard at work restoring the Lake Erie Sandspit Savannah ecosystem, which includes restoring several species of trees that are at risk and improving habitat for birds, plants and insects.
- Connecting youth with their natural and cultural heritage is a Parks Canada priority. Through this collaboration, thousands of young Canadians will see first-hand how Point Pelee National Park is working to restore ecosystems, protect endangered species and ensure the protection of this beautiful park for future generations.
“Our Government is committed to protecting and presenting national treasures like Point Pelee National Park so that Canadians can connect with the incredible natural beauty of this area. Thanks to the amazing support of an anonymous donor, Parks Canada will welcome busloads of area students to learn about and enjoy the rich cultural and natural heritage of this national park.”
–Dave Van Kesteren, Member of Parliament for Chatham-Kent-Essex
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Office of the Minister of the Environment
Public Relations & Communications Officer
Southwestern Ontario Field Unit, Parks Canada