Sierra Club's PEI Wild Child is an enrichment program being offered free of charge in Childcare Centres across PEI. Wild Child gives children the opportunity to engage positively with the natural environments in their communities; through games, art, discussions and various fun activities, children learn about our native plants, animals and trees, and basic ecological concepts including; conservation, habitats, life cycles and more. Children are encouraged to use their imaginations, minds and bodies to explore wild places and discover all the wonders they have to offer. This nature immersion program is designed to strengthen the “outdoors” component of existing child care services, and was developed by Sierra Club in response to the growing body of research showing that children need experiences in the natural world for healthy development, addressing the issue of 'nature deficit disorder', where increasingly children are disconnected from nature in their day-to-day lives.
"Looking up close at bugs, trees and other wild life; watching and listening to birds and other sounds of nature can have a profound effect on our mental health, and young children especially need opportunities to take a break from modern technology, to relax and connect to the natural world," - Hanna Hameline, Founding Program Coordinator.
See some of our Wild Children in action!
To learn how your after-school or daycare program could participate in the PEI Wild Child program, please contact us at 902-675-4093, 902-368-7337 or email: WildChildPEI@gmail.com. We're on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/wildchildpei
Response to the first year of Wild Child was so positive that we expanded the program to all three counties!
We're appreciative of financial support from the PEI WIldlife Conservation Fund and Canadian Wildlife Federation.
Support for this program also comes from generous donors and the following community partners:
We need more funding to continue beyond Summer 2016; we're looking for donors and community organizations to help us reach more 'Wild Children' in the year ahead and ensure that children from all walks of life are given the opportunity to explore more nature.
If you would like to buy Dizolve eco-friendly laundry detergent strips, and at the same time support our youth education programs please contact us in PEI at 902-675-4093 (special price!), or go to http://mydizolve.com/campaign/sierra-club-atlantic-wild-child-and-sierra-buddies/#.VHZ2vGczDud .
To make a more generous donation to our Environmental Education programs (and get a tax receipt!) click here.
or mail cheque (payable to Sierra Club Canada Foundation) to:
PEI Sierra Club Wild Child, 81 Prince St, Charlottetown, PEI C1A 4R3