According to a definition provided by UNESCO, Environmental Education is “a permanent process in which individuals gain awareness of their environment and acquire the knowledge, values, skills, experiences, and also the determination which will enable them to act individually and collectively to solve present and future environmental problems… as well as to meet their needs without compromising those of future generations.”
Community Environmental Education,
By providing workshops and forums, WRIG works to facilitate opportunities to our watershed community that increases knowledge about the environment’s direct and indirect physical and related social impact and on the interaction between local activities and their effects which may occur in our watershed and much further away. Education is an important component of our annual DAY ON OUR RIVER FESTIVAL.
Solutions to direct and indirect environmental impacts require long-term planning, commitment and global approaches and increased awareness of environmental issues helps our community to consider environmental and social issues in an integrated way.
Youth Environmental Education;
Raising good stewards of the environment who have a strong understanding of their connection to and dependency upon nature and who understand issues like resource depletion, pollution, land degradation, and accelerating species extinctions is essential to the outcome of conservation efforts.
Working with the Hunter-Clyde Watershed Group WRIG provides curriculum based environmental education opportunities to three local English and French elementary schools. Events and programs involves a combination of indoor and outdoor instruction and activities giving students a broader perspective of their personal impact on the world around them.
From September 2009 to date, 500 students have visited Rackham’s Pond and the Wheatley River Watershed for environmental education events.