What’s a Nature Navigator and Why Do we Need It?

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What’s a “Nature Navigator”?

We’ve given our dream a name – The “Nature Navigator.”  The “Nature Navigator” is a cargo van designed to accommodate effective delivery of our Nature Programming. Staff will be able to easily access learning resources, materials, and equipment like pails, hip waders, shovels, campfire tools, and education supplies. The van will have shelves and pullouts that will help us store, prep, organize, and clean gear inside the vehicle. It will allow us to carry more materials and resources that will aid in on-site Nature Program delivery. We want kids and adults to be excited when they see us coming so we will have colourful wrap on the vehicle that features our native flora and fauna.

A mock up of our Nature Navigator by Paint Druid

Why do we Need  the “Nature Navigator”?

Every year, we facilitate between four and five thousand Nature Education experiences for kids, youth, and adults.  Because busing has become very expensive, we find ourselves on the road more and more, bringing our programs to schools and communities that can’t afford to pay for field trips.  We offer twenty-eight environmental and recreational programs, many of them mobile and available to communities within driving distance.  Many of these programs include multiple staff members, and a lot of gear and learning materials that can’t always be accommodated in our truck. Being mobile allows us to navigate nature to a wider audience.

How Can You Help?

We’re a nonprofit organization.  We offer Nature Education FREE of charge to children and youth!  To purchase the “Nature Navigator,” we need your help! You can donate via e-transfer to finance@epbrparkscouncil.org or you can mail a cheque made out to Eagle Point-Blue Rapids Parks Council, Box 7355, Drayton Valley, AB T7A 1S6.  If you are a corporation, you can discuss Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities with Sandra Bannard at 780-898-7275 or email sandra@epbrparkscouncil.org. We sincerely appreciate all donations and hope to have the “Nature Navigator” on the road in 2025!