Essex, ON – Union Gas is once again helping local area students reconnect with nature with a $4,000 grant to support Essex Region Conservation’s Nature in Education program, a hands-on study course that teaches students about cultural heritage, habitats, water and wildlife using environmental science-based studies.
The program, linked to the Ontario curriculum, is aimed at students from junior kindergarten to Grade 12, and includes field activities such as map courses, hawk banding and stream table experiments at ERCA Conservation Areas. More than 350,000 students in our region have participated in this program since it began more than 35 years ago. The wide array of educational programs, including Nature in Education, support Essex Region Conservation’s ongoing efforts to establish our region as the Place for Life.
“Outdoor education provides a unique, hands-on learning environment to allow children to interact with nature. And while we have long-promoted the incredible value of our programs and the extraordinary need to get all children outdoors in a natural setting, we also recognize the budget pressures that some schools face,” says Richard Wyma, General Manager of the Essex Region Conservation Authority and Executive Director, Essex Region Conservation Foundation. “Thanks to the immense generosity of organizations like Union Gas, Essex Region Conservation is able to ensure that all students – especially those with the greatest financial needs – have the opportunity to connect with nature and experience our curriculum-based outdoor education programs.”
Sean Collier, Union Gas District Manager for Windsor/Chatham, was on hand today to visit with students at St. Jean Baptiste Elementary School as they participated in a Nature in Education program at John R. Park Homestead Conservation Area.
“At Union Gas, we believe that investing in environment education creates lasting benefits for people and communities,” said Collier. “We’re very pleased to continue our support of Essex Region Conservation Authority and its Nature in Education program, which is helping children connect and respect nature.”
Union Gas is committed to investing in the communities it serves through a comprehensive community relations program that includes donations for charitable organizations, sponsorships, in-kind contributions and volunteerism. Last year alone, Union Gas contributed $3.3 million to community and charitable organizations across Ontario, including more than $1 million to United Way. In addition, Union Gas employees, retirees, family and friends provided approximately 19,000 volunteer hours to help strengthen the communities where they live and work.
“We are so grateful to Union Gas for their ongoing and generous contributions to the efforts of Essex Region Conservation,” said Richard Wyma. “From providing funding for outdoor education and generous sponsorship for our events to volunteerism through a staff day of action, among many other notable contributions, Union Gas is always willing to go above and beyond to support our initiatives and for that, we are very grateful.”
For more than four decades, Essex Region Conservation has been sustaining and enriching the environment of the Windsor-Essex-Pelee Island region to ensure it is the Place for Life. For more information, please visit www.essexregionconservation.ca and follow @EssexRegionConservation on Facebook, @essexregionca on Twitter and @theessexregionca on YouTube.
About Union Gas
Union Gas Limited, a Spectra Energy (NYSE: SE) company, is a major Canadian natural gas storage, transmission and distribution company based in Ontario with over 100 years of experience and service to customers. The distribution business serves about 1.4 million residential, commercial and industrial customers in more than 400 communities across Ontario. Union Gas is one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for 2016, and has assets of $7.2 billion and approximately 2,300 employees. For more information, visit uniongas.com or find us on Twitter: twitter.com/uniongas, Facebook: facebook.com/uniongas and YouTube: youtube.com/user/uniongas.
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Pictured: Sean Collier, District Manager Chatham/Windsor, Union Gas; Kris Ives, Curator/Education Coordinator, ERCA, and Richard Wyma, Executive Director, Essex Region Conservation Foundation, at the John R. Park Homestead Conservation Area.