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Feb 13, 2013  |  Vote 0    0

Apply now to get your school a butterfly garden or meadow ecosystem courtesy of Earth Angels

York Guardian

Schools interested in receiving a butterfly garden, meadow ecosystem habitat or attend a biodiversity field trip are invited to apply for the Earth Angels grant by Feb. 22.

Earth Angels is a registered environmental charity that has been providing hands-on environmental programs for 20 years. Programs are provided free to schools through funding support from TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Mountain Equipment Co-op, Ontario Power Generation, the Intact Foundation and the Qualcomm Foundation.

Earth Angels is currently signing up elementary and secondary schools for its free environmental programs including:

• Biodiversity field trips: (grades 3 to 5);

• Butterfly garden (junior kindergarten to Grade 5); and

• Meadow ecosystem habitat: urban remedial projects (grades 9 to 12)

The butterfly and meadow programs are part of Earth Angels’ Million Meters of Meadow program.

Space is limited in these programs, so teachers and administrators are encouraged to get their application in as soon as possible.

Educational modules, plants and materials are free.

Each of these programs (except for the biodiversity field trips) is designed to take place on the schoolyard in May and June. Each applying school will need to designate a “spearheading teacher” to be the primary contact for Earth Angels. These programs are designed to be a class, multiple-class and/or school project to directly involve the students in the hands-on education of planting and maintaining our environment. The students will play a key role in the planting in order to help build achievement and ownership in the environment.

To apply, visit www.earthangels.ca and complete the online application form under “Programs”. Please note, if you are applying for the butterfly garden program or meadow habitat, you will need to provide a photo of the proposed location for this garden along with the application. This photo, along with the school’s name and city, can be emailed to info@earthangels.ca

For details, call 416-421-5551.

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