From: Burns Bog
Published October 16, 2015 03:45 PM

Over 400 grade 6 and 7 students Connect with the Nature at Outdoor Festival "Stepping into Nature"

North Delta, October 15, 2015 - The Burns Bog Conservation Society held the Stepping into Nature Festival in collaboration with grade 10 students from the Strive Program at South Delta Secondary School.

Over 4 days, 435 Grades 6 and 7 students from Delta and Surrey elementary schools disconnected from their mobile devices and spent a whole day in nature. The program took place at the Delta Nature Reserve on the edge of Burns Bog. It is the largest raised peat bog on the west coast of North America.

Students took part in curriculum-based activities that centered on peatlands, wetlands, and species at risk. They discovered how salmon-bearing creeks waterways and forest ecosystems depend on each other. They learned about stewardship and conservation and what role they could play.

Participating environmental organizations included: The Cougar Creek Streamkeepers, Pacific Streamkeepers Federation, Earthwise, and Northwest Wildlife Preservation Society.

"The root of conservation is PASSION. In order to care about your environment you must experience and understand it,” stated the Education Coordinator of the Burns Bog Conservation Society, Maureen Vo. “We want to connect young minds with nature so they become aware of the unique, important and vulnerable bog land found in the heart of the Lower Mainland."

"The Stepping into Nature Festival was designed to be a fun, hands-on experience for students by putting the classroom right in the wetland!” stated the President of Burns Bog Conservation Society, Dr. Eliza Olson.

The Stepping into Nature Festival was hosted in collaboration with environmental organizations including: Pacific Streamkeepers Federation, Cougar Creek Streamkeepers Earthwise and the Northwest Wildlife Preservation Society.

The Stepping into Nature Festival was made possible by funding and support from the Chris Spencer Foundation, FortisBC, The Hamber Foundation, The Pacific Salmon Foundation, Planet Ice and Vancity.

Dates:         October 1, 2, 8 & 9, 2015
Time:          10am-2pm each day
Where:        Burns Bog - Delta Nature Reserve

Contact Info: Media Enquiries: Maureen Vo or Beverley Bly
Burns Bog Society Education Coordinator 604-572-0373 or

Website : Burns Bog

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