The Greater Victoria Green Team spent the day engaging over 400 youth alongside the Esquimalt Parks and Recreation Department and other amazing organizations!
21 classes from schools around Highrock Park came to celebrate Earth Day and learn more about how they can protect our planet! There were rotating stations including native tree and shrub planting, trail building, and invasive species removal! Some of the native species we saw in the area were Oregon Grape, Sea Blush, Camas, Fawn Lilies and even one Chocolate Lily!
Thank you to all the wonderful organizations that worked together yesterday to make an amazing time for all who participated!
- In total 420 youth participated to learn more about protecting the earth!
- Some native species were in beautiful bloom, with fields of Sea Blush and Camas!
This activity not only benefitted the environment, but also the participants themselves. By being out in nature doing something positive as a team, our community members:
- Develop a sense of belonging to community and place
- Have improved mental and physical health
- Connect to nature, which leads to environmentally responsible behaviour
- Learn about local environmental issues and actions they can take
- Learn the value of bringing together people to work towards a common goal
- Become leaders in their communities
- Increase confidence, resilience and perseverance