Animals teach conservation in the classroom

With a little help from their human trainers, a barn owl, pine marten, red tegu and Harris hawk will visit schools across Wood Buffalo to teach some special lessons about conservation.

These Animal Ambassadors and their trainers are part of the children’s conversation group Earth Rangers. The group educates children and families about biodiversity, inspiring them to become directly involved in protecting animals and their habitats. The Earth Rangers’ School Outreach Program will visit schools in the Wood Buffalo region during the last two weeks of September.

Presented as a full school assembly, the School Outreach Program focuses on natural science, Canadian biodiversity and conservation. Earth Rangers presenters, along with help from Animal Ambassadors, share the stories of four, unique Canadian species to inspire students to take action. 

“During this school year, Earth Rangers plans to visit 550 schools across Canada to share our conservation message and empower students to take action to help save animals,” says Peter Kendall, Executive Director of Earth Rangers. “Our partnership with Syncrude makes it possible for Earth Rangers to visit 11 schools in Fort McMurray and Fort Chipewyan providing the opportunity to inspire a new generation of environmental stewards in northeastern Alberta.”

In addition to the school presentation, students can visit, register to become an Earth Ranger and start their own Bring Back the Wild campaign.

Earth Rangers Animal Trainers and Animal Ambassadors are available for interviews and photos. Please contact Will Gibson at 780 790 6202 or 780 742 5930 to arrange a time and location.

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