Help us shape the programs to best suit your needs – Update coming soon
Building on the 2021 Empowering Youth for Junction Creek pilot program, we wanted to hear what the community would like to see included in the 2022 nature-programs and Nature Discovery Backpacks to reflect the interest of youth in your community and help increase their curiosity and engagement with the surrounding environment and local species. This past February, we facilitated brainstorming workshops with youth groups and public information sessions in each target community to gain feedback and help us get a better understanding of the interests of local youth. Stay tuned for the results!
Interested in getting involved with and/or supporting the 2022 Empowering Youth for Junction Creek Program? Please fill out this online form to help us understand your interests and capacity to help.
Empowering Youth for Junction Creek Program – REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Are you a teen interested in learning about Junction Creek and the environment in your neighbourhood, while making a positive impact in your community? We are excited to announce the return of a FREE Empowering Youth for Junction Creek program led by youth for youth!
This summer, the Empowering Youth for Junction Creek program will consist of weekly 2-hour sessions from July 5th to September 1st in 3 target communities in N’Swakamok/ Greater Sudbury: Lively, downtown/Flour Mill, and Garson. Youth 13-18 years of age from all over N’Swakamok/ Greater Sudbury are encouraged to register.
Can’t make it to all the program sessions, that’s okay! You can pick which sessions you are interested in when you fill out a registration form.
The program is welcoming to all backgrounds and levels of experience and is designed to give teens a chance to explore and connect with nature in a variety of ways, share their voice, and interact with like-minded individuals. Participants will gain knowledge and tools about local ecosystems, conservation and sustainability.
*Note: Unfortunately due to unforeseen events we are disappointed to announce that the orientations for the EYJC program will be cancelled. Discussions that we had planned for the orientation will be covered at the end of our first EYJC session.
Interested in learning more about your JCSC program facilitators? Check out their profiles here.
The program will introduce participants to local experts, Knowledge Holders and leaders in the community, all while engaging in fun and educational activities ranging from:
- Birding along Junction Creek: click here for the session overview
- Guided nature hikes
- Creating your own Sudbury tree identification guide
- Invasive species identification and removal – click here for the session overview
- The regreening of Sudbury and Junction Creek
- Reptile Tracking
- Water sampling and benthic bug collection/identification
- Litter cleanups along the creek
- Nature art and more!
Click here to check out the EYJC program calendar and stay tuned for updates!
Participants will also receive take-home resources and activities to explore independently with their newly learned skills! Best of all, they will become a local steward and help make a difference in their community all while getting the opportunity to gain volunteer hours, learn about local nature, and have fun!
Need a ride? We are working with Sudbury Transit to provide Free Public Transit on session days! If you are interested in participating in our EYJC program and would like the opportunity to use public transit to attend the sessions, let us know when you complete your registration form.
Registration for the summer program is now open. Please fill out this 2022 EYJC Registration Form to secure your place in the program! Space is limited in order to create an active, but personal learning environment in a safe manner.
Support Youth in Conservation
We are also seeking community support to help make the program a great success and to offer participants the best possible resources to kick-start their journey as the next generation of environmental stewards. You can support the program in the form of in-kind donations, becoming a youth mentor, monetary donations, and/or Sponsor a Youth for $100. Review our letter of request for more details.