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Youth Environmental Program Finds Success

Apr 21, 2010

(TORONTO, ON) - On April 23, representatives from the Region of Peel, Peel District School Board and Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board will join Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA), local public officials as staff and students from Balmoral Drive Public School, to celebrate two years of success of the Peel Environmental Weeks program, a two-and-a-half-day community-based, outdoor environmental education program that develops the next generation of environmental leaders. To date more than 683 students have participated in this program.

The Region of Peel has supported this program as part of its climate change mitigations. Their support helps to bring at least 10 classes per year from the Region of Peel to become immersed in environmental leadership and learning, both at TRCA's Albion Hills Field Centre and their own schools.

These visits are immersive environmental and outdoor learning experiences geared towards affecting

real change in student behaviour as it relates to a number of emerging issues, including climate change, the environment, healthy lifestyles and their community. The program focuses student learning in three important areas; environmental leadership, community action and ecological literacy. Participating classes live, learn and play, using the outdoors as their classroom and their shared experiences as the foundation for change.

"Peel Environmental Weeks would not be possible without the generous financial support from The Region of Peel, and the dedication from teachers in the Peel District and Dufferin-Peel Catholic School Board," said Darryl Gray, Acting Manager, Education, TRCA. "We're creating magic here, where students become inspired to take a leadership role in their homes, schools and communities."

Event Details:

WHO:  John Sanderson, Regional Councillor; Richard Whitehead, Regional Councillor; Arvin Prasad, Director Planning Policy and Research; Adele Freeman, Director, Watershed Management, TRCA; Harpreet Neelam, Coordinator for Science and Technology, PDSB; Lynn O'Brien, principal Balmoral Drive PS; Fred Albi, principal St. Josephine Bakhita


WHEN:             Friday, April 23, 2010; 10:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

WHERE:            Albion Hills Field Centre

                        16500 Provincial Route 50, Palgrave, ON, L7E 3S9.



-10:45 a.m. Arrival; light refreshments and the opportunity to "shadow" students on the H.O.P.E. (Help our Precious Earth) program.

- 11:20 a.m. Welcome and a visual presentation highlighting special student moments during the Peel

Environmental Week visits.

- 11:45 a.m. Presentation, photographs and BBQ lunch


Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and look-after the natural environment. Our vision is for The Living City®, where human settlement can flourish forever as part of nature's beauty and diversity.  For more information, visit or






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