Wild Child Spring Programming Was a Huge Success! Big Thanks to All Our Participants!

Picture this:There is a group of fifteen five year old kids exploring a nearby forest. They are wandering around, digging holes, walking on logs, listening for birds – even stopping to look at rabbit droppings! With a magnifying glass in hand, these nature detectives are on the hunt to discover all the hidden treasures nature has to offer.This is a typical day for our participants at our Wild Child Nature Immersion Program.                Our Wild Child Nature Immersion program spring programming was a huge success! Thirteen Nature Immersion programs were scheduled thanks to our sponsor Alberta EcoTrust through partnerships from Edmonton Public Schools, Elk Island Public Schools, Elk Island Catholic Schools, and childcare centres. Our Nature Immersion program is unique to each location and caters to the participants’ interests. Ultimately, it is designed to inspire a love for nature and playing outside. Each one of our visits allowed children to play nature themed games and experience the joy of spontaneity, getting dirty, and doing activities with natural materials. The Nature Immersion program increased the number of hours children spent being active outdoors. Our Spring 2019 program resulted in children engaging in over 1560 hours of outdoor time. Our programs reached diverse demographics, including programming delivered in Spanish.  Testimonials from Madonna School with Elk Island Catholic School Board:“Thank you so much for sharing your love of nature with all of us. Our students have benefited immensely from the opportunity you have provided” – Ria”Thank you so much for the opportunity to explore the outdoors with our children, and the great ideas! We appreciate all your hard work!” – Meg”Many Heart-felt thanks for inspiring our “wee ones” (and us). It was a pleasure participating in Wild Child!” – Tracey“We have all enjoyed our time with you in Nature. You are an inspiration to us!” – KathyBig thanks to all our participants who made the Spring 2019 Nature Immersion the success that it was! Be sure to not miss out on Summer 2019 programming. Express interest today by emailing our Wild Child Coordinator Paulina Retamales at edmwildchild@sierraclub.ca to reserve a spot. Upcoming Public EventsJoin us as we celebrate International Trail Day on Saturday, June 1st at Mill CreekRavine in Edmonton. We will host nature walks and nature play activities for children andfamilies. Thanks to our sponsor ParticipACTION for encouraging people to get active andgetting our community closer to becoming Canada’s Most Active community. Check out the poster below for additional inforamtion.