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Stewardship Corner

Tim Wood with Mica, the black ratsnake. Common Ground: Sharing the Earth with Species at Risk

To all interested teachers, organizations, interest groups:

The Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve in partnership with the Leeds-Grenville Stewardship Council has developed a special presentation to illustrate the importance of species at risk and biodiversity in our communities and we would be happy to share it with you and your class or interest group. The presentation is a fun, interactive and educational look at the many themes involved with species at risk such as; what it means to be a species at risk, causes for becoming a species at risk, natural histories of specific species and things we can all do to help our local species at risk.

These presentations are FREE and usually are about an hour in length but can be adjusted to suit your classroom or group’s needs and can easily be adapted to include connections to other themes you may be discussing in your class or are interested in. The presentations combine slides and interactive discussions with a number of physical examples of species at risk including introducing students to a live black ratsnake, a threatened species in Ontario, when available.

Over the past few years we have visited many schools and other groups such as parks, museums, libraries, associations and a variety of organizations in the area to provide these presentations and they have been very well received. We have also worked with school boards in the development of a curriculum package specific to species at risk. 

Species at risk and protecting our landscape’s biodiversity is an immensely important theme in all of our lives. The Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve, in partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources, is committed to helping protect our natural environments and providing education and awareness about them. Working with schools and all interest groups to provide enjoyable learning opportunities for youth and other audiences is an incredibly important step in ensuring the protection of our valuable natural resources for years to come. 

While the program is free of charge, we may have to ask for mileage costs depending on where the program is being provided. This can be discussed when contacted. The Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve will be setting up a donation page on their website that allows you to provide a donation you feel is appropriate that would contribute to the sustainability of the projects they support such as educational programs like this one.

If you would be interested in having a presentation for your classroom or interest group, or if you have any questions about the presentations, please feel free to contact me at anytime to discuss.

Tim Wood
Species at Risk Coordinator, Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve

Visit the Student Testimonials Page to see posters made by students that Tim has visited!

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