Did you know the benefits of outdoor play for children are dramatic and long lasting? Studies have shown that access to nature improves brain activity, increases self-confidence and self-esteem, and promotes physical activity and skill building—all crucial components of early childhood development
This is just one of the reasons why BC Parks has partnered with the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF). Through their program, GO Grants, BC Parks is helping get students into parks and protected areas. GO Grants allow students to participate in hands-on learning about the natural environment through field trips and outdoor learning opportunities.
The program covers the cost of transportation, project materials and/or program fees to support student learning in nature. Through this exciting new collaboration, BC Parks contributed over $30,000 in funding, and as a result, HCTF was able to approve a much higher number of proposals compared to previous years. We couldn’t be more excited to introduce children and youth to our amazing parks and protected areas! Congratulations to the recipients, and happy learning!