For Immediate Release

Tuesday, Nov. 30 – Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is one of about 60 organizations to support a positioning statement from “Back to Nature, a Province of Ontario Network” that calls on the provincial and federal government to bring nature and children together as a national priority.

“A connection to the natural world is fundamental to all aspects of child development and is a key component to building optimal mental, emotional, social and physical health for every child,” said Andrew Kett, Education Specialist for CVC. “This critical link also represents a key building block for the future of a sustainable society.”

Research shows that when we foster a child’s connection with nature the child flourishes. Child obesity decreases; bullying rates decrease; child injury rates decrease; while academic achievement rises. Physical activity rates increase; attention spans improve; physical and cultural barriers melt away; and environmental stewards of the future emerge.

In 2008, the Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) organized a workshop to discuss how provincial organizations that focus on the environment, youth, planning and health might work together to discuss bringing children and nature together. In 2009, RBG released a report calling for a provincial strategy entitled “Back to Nature: Towards an Ontario Strategy for Bringing Children and Nature Together”. Funding is currently being sought to establish a secretariat to support network development, activities and collaborations.

“More work needs to be done by our governments, our educational institutions, our communities, our families and individuals to develop and support the natural spaces and initiatives necessary for our children to thrive and the research to guide us as we make these important changes,” Kett added. “Connecting our children to nature needs to be a provincial and national priority.”

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Conservation Authorities are a provincial/municipal partnership. CVC was established by an act of the province in 1954 with a mandate to protect all natural resources other than minerals in the area drained by the Credit River. We have been working for over 50 years with our partner municipalities and stakeholders to protect and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River Watershed for present and future generations.

Media Contact:
Marta Marychuk,
Community Relations specialist
Credit Valley Conservation
905-670-1615 ext. 224
[email protected]

Information Contact:
Andrew Kett
Educational Specialist
Credit Valley Conservation
905-670-1615 ext. 433
[email protected]

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