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
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
"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
"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
Directorof 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,
-- 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.
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,
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
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:
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