If you close your eyes, do you remember spending time outdoors in a natural space like a park for field trips and weekend outings? Wasn’t it fun?
Did you know this experience is not available to many children today because they cannot afford to get there!
This is why with the 50th Anniversary of Metro Vancouver Regional Parks looming, Pacific Parklands Foundation will be launching our Bus Program, kicking off with #GivingTuesday.
#GivingTuesday is a global non-profit phenomenon in the spirit of accomplishing a specific goal that is close to your heart – such as connecting children, seniors, and others with challenges in the Lower Mainland to our 23 Regional Parks!
So save the date, #GivingTuesday, November 29th!
Why this Project?
We know that a lack of transportation can be an obstacle in accessing our Parks; it is our belief that the amazing learning opportunities and experiences our parks have to offer should be available to everyone.
Increased urbanization and time spent indoors, as well as dwindling natural spaces means a decrease in children’s contact with nature. The question then becomes: What does that mean for our youth as they develop into adults and what are they missing?
Unfortunately, we know the answer – they are missing the opportunity to develop a respectful love of nature, and all her beauty.
Studies show access to parks results in lower levels of stress and anxiety and increases energy and physical health; time spent in nature builds creative and scientific learners, resilient life skills, and fosters future stewards of the environment.
Pacific Parklands Foundation also recognizes the benefits we mentioned above apply to all people. This is why we are offering this grant program to seniors, as well as others with challenges.
Making a Difference
Pacific Parklands Foundation believes that our Metro Vancouver Regional Parks enrich the lives of our communities by allowing people of all ages to reconnect with Nature.
Two ongoing projects that we feel demonstrate the benefits of our Parks:
- Catching the Spirit: A unique leadership, social responsibility, and environmental stewardship program led by youth, for youth, ages 12 to 18; Pacific Parklands Foundation has been a core supporter of this enriching program for youth since it began in 2000.
- Nature Heals: Pacific Parklands Foundation also recognizes the positive benefits of nature on people of all ages and backgrounds. The Foundation provided Forest and Femme, a registered society, with a grant of $2,000! This grant was meant to help connect our region’s most disadvantaged women to nature in order to facilitate a sense of freedom, empowerment, and self-worth.
How can You Help?
Your gift today will help fund one of many grants of up to $500 to pay for bus transportation to and from our Parks.
For more in formation about what is covered, how much is covered, and who can apply, please visit our Bus Program FAQ’s Page!
We hope you will join us in learning about this new project, our goals, and help us on the journey to it on Tuesday, November 29th, 2016!