About the Get to Know Program
Natures Wild Neighbours Society is a registered Charity started by Robert Bateman (naturalist and painter) in 1999. Mr. Bateman's vision was for “all children to play, learn and grow with nature in their everyday lives”. Natures Wild Neighbours has several programs under its banner: Boots in the Bush, Wild Festival for Youth, and our landmark program, Robert Bateman’s Get to Know (your wild neighbours) Contest and Exposition.
Participation is fun, easy and free!
The Get to Know project provides an innovative way for students to connect with nature, develop an understanding, appreciation, and respect for biodiversity, and share their experience through artistic interpretation in an online Gallery. Our annual Get to Know Contest & Exposition begins May 01 and ends November 01 each year.
The Get to Know Contest/Exposition specifically targets School Districts and Youth organizations across Canada and the United States. The results are a creative collaboration of youth artwork unique to each of their personal environments and experiences, as well as a platform to express their concerns for the environment, and possible ideas and solutions to make our earth healthier.
The Get to Know program keenly fits many aspects of School Curriculums:
Environmental Learning, Place Based Learning, Indigenous way of Knowing, Personal
Awareness and Responsibility, and Social Responsibility are just a few.
Wild Festival for Youth
The Wild Festival for Youth is one of Canada’s leading environmental festivals, and is the only festival of its kind that is specific to the involvement of youth. The activities offered at the festival are designed to increase youth awareness, knowledge, and understanding of biodiversity in the hundreds of youth who participate. The theme is presented in a fun and interactive manner, focusing on how today’s youth can act as leaders for a more sustainable future.
2019 Activities at this all-day event include birdhouse building and painting, Endangered Animals presentation, Bats and Bees presentation, Learn to fish, Invasive zebra mussel identification, “Walking Nature’s Way” hike, and a student painted art Banner project (Bees and Bats).
Boots in the Bush – as Mr. Bateman refers to it, is a simple walk outdoors to ground yourself with nature. We have amalgamated this annual walk with our local MLA, Norm Letnick’s Spring Climb for Health and Peace. “Boots in the Bush” April/2019.
Have a Bio Blitz!!
Get out doors and discover nature in your own community!! Connect with birds, trees, insects, animals, flowers, trees, clouds, and/or water, anything in your environment that gets your artistic ideas flowing. Everything you need to know about having a Bio Blitz is on our website http://www.get-to-know.org/bioblitz/ Its packed full of how-to information, Leaders Guides, and Promotional Material! Need some ideas and inspiration? Check out our “Educational Resources” http://www.get-to-know.org/education/
Wild Neighbours Society Board of Directors
Darlene Brûlé, President
Glenn Hendrickson, Treasurer
Sam Sansalone, Director
Colin Starkevich, Director
Tanveer Gill, Director
Darlene Brûlé, Executive Director
Oliver Eberle, Program Manager
Chad MacTavish, Ambassador
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