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Environmental Education

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Conservation Areas are great places for outdoor recreation, where families can enjoy the wonders of nature and offer important educational programs.

Today, more children live in cities - far away from our natural world. For many, a visit to a local nature centre in a school education program is often their first experience with nature.

Since today's students are going to be making tomorrow's decisions about our environment, it is essential that they understand our relationship within nature.

Students remember:

10% of what they read
15% of what they hear

85% of what they DO

Conservation Authorities offer students environmental experiences


For the past 30 years, Conservation Authorities have been offering important environmental education opportunities to more than 470,000 students from 80% of Ontario's school boards.

Most of the programs meet provincial curriculum standards and focus on environmental issues that are important today.

Conservation Authority environmental education programs complement and enhance classroom lessons by providing students with hands-on activities.


Environmental Education Fact Sheet 2012 (PDF)
Map and Inventory of Outdoor Environmental Education Facilities 2008 (PDF)
Maps of Conservation Authorities and Ontario School Boards 2009 (PDF)