NatureLink provides subsidized transportation to outdoor spaces and outdoor programming to newcomers. In 2019, NatureLink will continue programming in Toronto and will launch a Vancouver Pilot Project.
In 2017 and 2018, a combined 1,688 newcomers to Canada have participated in NatureLink across 12 different locations in Ontario. NatureLink has partnered with 14 different settlement and community organizations across the GTA. NatureLink has been in multiple festivals like BioBlitz, SalmonFest and HealthyParksHealthyPeople.
Our day programming is active, informative and playful. Our aim is to build people’s capacity to access and engage with the outdoors in their own way. We combine skill-building workshops with play and exploration.
We are excited to extend this programming into 2019 with bi-monthly NatureLink trips to Rouge National Urban Park throughout the summer. The central NatureLink location has been Rouge National Urban Park which has hosted 1,080 NatureLink Participants. Programming at Rouge National Urban Park consists of a Lean-To-Camp workshop, guided hike and an opportunity to play and picnic together outdoors. Learn-To-Camp is an extensive program that provides free workshops to learn about learn about camping, hiking, camp cooking, fire safety, national parks and the outdoors with Parks Canada.
In a 2017 NatureLink survey, 97% of survey respondents said they were more likely to go outside again and more confident in the outdoors after participating in NatureLink. In addition, 94% of respondents acknowledged learning a new outdoor skill.
ABOUT PARKS CANADA’S LEARN TO CAMP PROGRAM
Come learn about camping, hiking, camp cooking, fire safety, national parks and the outdoors with Parks Canada’s Learn to Camp Program. This is part of an extensive program that provides free workshops at public libraries, community centres, events and festivals across Toronto, Mississauga, Markham and Pickering. There are also opportunities to sign up for overnight Learn-to Camp programs every Saturday in July and August at the Glen Rouge Campground.
To learn more about Learn to Camp programming CLICK HERE
ABOUT ROUGE NATIONAL URBAN PARK
Located in the Greater Toronto Area, Rouge National Urban Park is Canada’s first national urban park. The Rouge protects nature, culture and – for the first time in a Canadian federal park – agriculture, in an integrated way. The national urban park aims to become Canada’s premiere “Learn To” park, as well as a gateway to other Parks Canada sites across the country. Once land assembly is complete, Rouge National Urban Park will be the largest and best protected urban park of its kind in North America. At 79.1 km2, it will 23 times larger than Central Park in New York City and close to 50 times larger than Toronto’s High Park.
To learn more about Rouge National Urban Park CLICK HERE