Canaport LNG connecting kids with nature

Saint John, New Brunswick – Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is pleased to announce that Canaport LNG has made an $11,000 donation toward its youth education program, Project Webfoot, in Saint John. Because of this support, over 350 students in Grades 3, 4 and 5 in the Saint John area will have the opportunity to take part in DUC’s Project Webfoot program in 2012.

Building an early appreciation for wetland conservation is vital to ensuring the long-term conservation of Canada’s wetlands. DUC’s partnership-based education program gets children out of the classroom and engages them in the great outdoors.

“Project Webfoot promotes hands-on learning about wetlands. Each classroom in the program receives a resource kit packed with activities that are curriculum-based. The best part is that the kids get to put what they learn into action. They grab their rubber boots, we supply the binoculars and off we go on a field trip to a nearby wetland,” says Sarah Green, Interpretive and Education Specialist, DUC.

“We are very pleased with Canaport LNG’s ongoing support of our education program here in Saint John,” says Kimberly Arseneau, development manager, DUC Atlantic region. “Without support of individuals, foundations and corporations like Canaport LNG, we would not be able to deliver this program in New Brunswick. Together we can make a difference to conserve wetlands today and in the future.”

“DUC’s Project Webfoot program fits well with our commitment to the Saint John community and our social responsibility plan that focuses on education and our youth. This program is an essential tool to spread awareness, beginning at a young age, about the significance of wetlands to our environment and we are pleased to be a community partner in these efforts,” says Adolfo Azcarraga, Canaport LNG’s General Manager.

Project Webfoot’s success over the past decade has shown that students who participate become more passionate about the environment. They also gain skills in outdoor activities, build self-confidence and increase their respect for wildlife. Students gain a sense of empowerment in realizing they can play an important role in creating a better world. Project Webfoot has a 98 per cent approval rating among teachers, is curriculum-based, and has seen more than 400,000 students take part since its inception.

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is the leader in wetland conservation. A registered charity, DUC partners with government, industry, other non-profit organizations and landowners to conserve wetlands that are critical to waterfowl, wildlife and the environment. Learn more at ducks.ca.

 

Media Contacts:
Kate Shannon
Canaport LNG
506-638-1311
kshannonm@canaportlng.com

Krista Elliott
Communications Coordinator - Atlantic Canada
Ducks Unlimited Canada
Tel: 902-667-8726 x 227
k_elliott@ducks.ca