Earth Rangers offers once-in-a-lifetime adventure
Matisse and Grace Prudhomme recently returned from an eco-adventure of a lifetime.
The Stoney Creek siblings and Billy Green Elementary School students, along with their parents, spent six days at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre last month in Churchill, Man.
While staying at the active research station on the shores of historic Hudson Bay, the Prudhomme family hiked in a boreal forest, kayaked alongside beluga whales, rode on a tundra buggy in search of polar bears, saw arctic hares, took in a cultural presentation by a local aboriginal leader, toured the old Hudson Bay Company’s Prince of Wales Fort and visited the Eskimo Museum and Parks Canada Visitor Centre.
“I almost touched one of the belugas – that was crazy fun,” six-year-old Matisse said. “One of the polar bears came right up to the buggy. That was really cool.”
“We saw big belugas and baby belugas; they were jumping all around us,” four-year-old Grace added. “We also saw a mommy polar bear and her cub. They were really cute.”
The Prudhomme family won the chance to experience the beauty and wildlife of the Canadian subarctic through Earth Rangers – a children’s conservation organization dedicated to educating kids and families about biodiversity and inspiring them to become directly involved in protecting animals and their habitats.
Matisse saw a commercial about Earth Rangers on YTV.
He told his mom, Megan, about the organization.
She signed up both Matisse and Grace.
The new Earth Rangers immediately got to work, helping to raise almost $100 combined to help protect two animals on the organization’s endangered animals list – the Oregon spotted frog and American Badger.
Megan also signed up Matisse and Grace for Earth Rangers’ Whales, Trails and Polar Bear Tales contest for the chance to win one of four family trips to the Churchill Northern Studies Centre.
Matisse’s name was randomly drawn as one of the winners.
“When I found out we won, I was really excited,” he said. “I was super happy. I couldn’t wait for us to go.”
Matisse and Grace said they learned a lot about beluga whales and polar bears while on the trip.
“We learned how they’re endangered and how there’s not many of them left, which is really sad,” Grace said.
“We also learned about global warming and how that’s affecting them,” added Matisse. “It’s really important that we do something now to help to protect these animals, so that they’re around in the future for others to see.”
Megan said the trip was an amazing experience.
“We got a chance to see a lot of things that we wouldn’t normally be able to see,” she said. “The kids learned a lot about sustainability and global warming. It was truly an amazing learning experience.”