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At a young age, the Get to Know Program inspires youth to pursue their passion for the outdoors and to learn the names of their wild neighbours through the creative arts. For contestant, Kathleen Murray, the Contest went beyond that and now has helped her find a meaningful career which she is also passionate about.
Since participating with the Get to Know program in 2009 and then again in 2011, Kathleen Murray is now on her way to becoming an outdoor education teacher in Ontario. "I think the program definitely influenced my career choice" says Murray. She continues by highlighting that "The trips I went on with the Get to Know Contest created some spectacular memories. Getting the opportunity to visit Jasper and Vancouver Island with Parks Canada truly inspired me to explore more of Canada."
Murray acknowledged that the program made her realize that she was not alone in her love for nature. The program helped her connect with other across Canada who shared this passion for nature, wildlife and the outdoors. She recalls one of her greatest experiences was meeting Robert Bateman, founder of the Get to Know Program and how it was him who inspired her to paint wildlife and to pursue her career in education.
To learn more about Murray's artistic endeavours you can visit her website.
Kathleen's Get to Know Contest Entry
Get to Know hosted a booth at the Kokanee Salmon Festival this past weekend in Kelowna at Mission Creek Regional Park. Youth had the opportunity to create nature inspired art at our booth with art supplies that were provide by Intraline, our event sponsor! Intraline also generously donated prizes which youth had an opportunity to win at the event.
Check out some of these creative, nature-inspired entries that were created at the event!
The Get to Know Contest encourages youth across North America to Get outside and connect with nature through the power of the visual arts. Youth have the opportunity to chose their own medium with which they wish to connect with nature. This year, we have received a variety of wonderful video entries that we thought you might like to see.