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TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and Earth Rangers partner to bring a new Classroom Visit Program to 300 classes across


TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and Earth Rangers partner to bring a new Classroom Visit Program to 300 classes across Ontario!

TORONTO, Oct. 22, 2012 /CNW/ - TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) announced their commitment to help Earth Rangers bring a new Classroom Visit Program into 300 classrooms across Ontario.

Building on the success of their School Assembly Program, Earth Rangers has launched this unique classroom visit initiative to further enhance student learning and meet environmental science curriculum requirements for grade 4 to 6 students.

Earth Rangers designed the program in collaboration with leading institutions including the Toronto Zoo, Vancouver Aquarium and Royal Ontario Museum (ROM).

Earth Rangers' classroom visits are a follow-up to their school assembly program, enabling Earth Rangers' Wildlife Biologists to delve deeper into specific subjects like invasive species, species reintroduction and water conservation.

Quotes:

"TD FEF has been a longstanding partner of Earth Rangers' in-school education programs and this latest commitment is a continuation of their support in helping us educate children about biodiversity loss and inspire them to Bring Back the Wild. Each year we reach over one million children through our programs and website. This generous commitment will enable us to bring our new Classroom Visit Program into even more classrooms across Ontario," says Peter Kendall, Earth Rangers' Executive Director. "Thanks to TD FEF, Earth Rangers, the Vancouver Aquarium, Toronto Zoo and Royal Ontario Museum are all working together to empower the next generation of environmental stewards."

"Cultivating the next generation to become good stewards of our environment is critical to the conservation of aquatic life," says Dolf DeJong, Vancouver Aquarium's Vice President of Conservation and Education. "As part of its commitment to this goal, the Vancouver Aquarium is a proud partner of Earth Rangers' Classroom Visit Program, which includes the Aquarium's water conservation curriculum."

"The Toronto Zoo is part of this important outreach program with Earth Rangers to get the message out to schools," said Dr. William Rapley, Executive Director of Conservation, Education & Wildlife, Toronto Zoo. "Zoos and aquariums in Canada are contributing significantly to endangered and threatened species programs. These include captive breeding, reintroduction, field studies, habitat protection, and stewardship."

"An excellent way to engage communities is to build relationships with the schools and students that form their foundation," says Dave Ireland, Managing Director at the ROM, "The ROM is proud to partner with Earth Rangers to connect with students and provide valuable, rigorous, trusted and needed, environmental education."

Quick Facts:


    --  TD Friends of the Environment Foundation's generous support
        will bring Earth Rangers' Classroom Visit Program into 300
        classrooms across Ontario.
    --  Earth Rangers' School Assembly Program reaches over 550 schools
        across the country each year.
    --  Earth Rangers' Classroom Visit Program features captive
        breeding and species reintroduction curriculum for grade 4
        students in collaboration with the Toronto Zoo.
    --  Earth Rangers' Classroom Visit Program features water and
        habitat conservation curriculum for grade 5 students in
        collaboration with Vancouver Aquarium.
    --  Earth Rangers' Classroom Visit Program features biodiversity
        and mammals curriculum for grade 6 students in collaboration
        with the ROM.

Learn More:

About TD Friends of the Environment Foundation
Since 1990, TD FEF has provided more than $60 million in funding to more than 
20,000 environmental projects across Canada. In 2011, TD FEF provided more 
than $3.6 million in support of 1,058 projects. Thousands of donors give to TD 
FEF on a monthly basis and TD Bank Group contributes in excess of $1 million 
annually. TD also covers the management costs of running TD FEF, which 
guarantees 100 per cent of every dollar donated goes directly to funding 
environmental projects and programs. For more information on how to donate, 
visit www.tdfef.com

About Earth Rangers
Earth Rangers is the kids' conservation organization. Earth Rangers is focused 
on communicating a positive, science-based message to children on the 
importance of protecting biodiversity. Through programs including a children's 
website - www.earthrangers.com, a national television presence on YTV and a 
national School Outreach Program featuring live Animal Ambassadors, Earth 
Rangers is able to reach, inspire and enable millions of children each year to 
take action to help ensure the lasting survival of species in Canada.

Bring Back the Wild is Earth Rangers' kid-powered conservation program 
designed to help protect endangered animals in Canada by raising funds to 
purchase, restore and protect their wild habitats.

"Like us" on facebook: facebook.com/bringbackthewild
Follow us on Twitter: @EarthRangers www.earthrangers.com (children's site) 
www.earthrangers.org (corporate site)

About the Vancouver Aquarium
The Vancouver Aquarium is a non-profit society dedicated to the conservation 
of aquatic life. For more information go to www.vanaqua.org

About Toronto Zoo Education Toronto Zoo will engage communities by providing 
the tools and knowledge to connect to nature and protect our natural world.  
For more information go to www.torontozoo.com

About Royal Ontario Museum Education
The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is one of Canada's largest extra-curricular 
educators. In 2012, over 140,000 students visited the Museum through the ROM's 
School Visits Program. The ROM collaborates with school boards and others in 
developing curriculum in culture and nature.

For 24-hour information on the ROM in English and French, please call 
416.586.8000 or visit www.rom.on.ca

Amy Cross Media Relations, Earth Rangers Phone: 905-417-3447 ext. 2229 
E-mail: across@earthrangers.com

Image with caption: "Earth Rangers celebrates the launch of their new 
Classroom Visit Program with the Vancouver Aquarium, Toronto Zoo, Royal 
Ontario Museum and students from Ryerson Community School. The program is 
generously supported by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation. (CNW 
Group/Earth Rangers)". Image available at:  
http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121022_C8576_PHOTO_EN_19632.jpg

SOURCE: Earth Rangers

To view this news release in HTML formatting, please use the following URL: 
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/October2012/22/c8576.html

CO: TD Friends of the Environment Foundation
ST: Ontario
NI: ENV EDU INTERNET CST 

-0- Oct/22/2012 18:43 GMT

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