The Canada Birthday Mission
Start date: 3 July, 2017
End date: 31 December, 2017
Canada’s spectacular landscapes, abundant natural resources and remarkable biodiversity have captured the imaginations of children across the country, and inspired them to defend it. Earth Rangers is built on the knowledge that children love nature and want to protect it. Our programs empower them to do just that by engaging our members in tangible activities that have a demonstrated impact on the environment.
Now that Canada is turning 150, it is our duty as official Earth Rangers to celebrate our natural heritage in sustainable style! We are launching a brand new activity for our members called The Canada Birthday Mission, encouraging kids across the country to celebrate Canada 150 by throwing Canada an ecofriendly birthday party. Like all Earth Rangers Missions, it is designed so that no matter where you live in Canada, you can easily participate.
The Canada Birthday Mission will include information about Canada’s 150th birthday, why we are celebrating it, and the rich history of environmental preservation across the country. Members will then get a checklist of activities to complete the Mission, including going out to a natural space in Canada with friends and family, celebrating Canada’s birthday with a waste-free picnic, exploring nature and playing outdoor party games, cleaning up litter, planting a maple tree (as a birthday gift to Canada!), and taking a selfie with their special little part of the country to share online and with friends and family.
To launch the Canada Birthday Mission, we will host an activation event at the Earth Rangers Centre in Vaughan. Members from across the GTA will be invited to celebrate Canada with activities like native planting, guided trail exploration, forest cleanup, local food barbecue, and of course a big birthday cake for the guest of honour.
Become an Earth Ranger at www.earthrangers.com and celebrate with us!
Nature of the Project Reach
This project is for children and their families all across Canada! To participate, just sign up for a free membership at www.earthrangers.com
Earth Rangers Members work tirelessly throughout the year to protect Canada’s wildlife and habitats, and often it was their personal experiences with nature that first inspired them. As Canadians, nature is woven into our health, our spirit, and our national identity. By participating in activities that both celebrate and beautify our natural spaces, kids will gain a deeper sense of pride and attachment to Canada’s great outdoors, and give something meaningful back to the land we call home.
The goal of the Canada Birthday Mission is to engage kids across Canada in celebrating our natural heritage, and to participate in tangible actions that will help protect it. Earth Rangers Missions not only have a demonstrated impact on the environment, but the lessons learned in completing Missions have a proven positive impact on our members. In a recent Ipsos Reid survey conducted across Canada, it was found that Earth Rangers Members who have participated in our programs are significantly more optimistic for the future, more likely to adopt environmentally-friendly behaviours, and more confident in their ability to affect change as compared to non-members. We strongly believe that when children participate in the Canada Birthday Mission, they will make stronger connections not just with nature but with what it means to be a Canadian, and gain a fuller understanding of how exceptionally environmentally diverse Canada is and why we should be proud of it.