Thursday, May 22, 2014

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Rare Earth

Earth Rangers programs create kid conservationists

Released by Tashon Ziara, Prospera Credit Union, Abbotsford


Students at West Heights Community School in Mission watch attentively as the Earth Rangers show different animals.


his month 16 lucky elementary schools around BC received a visit from the Earth Rangers School Outreach Team along with some very special animals, courtesy of Prospera Credit Union—and each one of those schools was nominated by members of Prospera’s staff.


The program is part of Prospera’s commitment to provide youth with meaningful educational opportunities and offers their staff the opportunity to actively participate in shaping the credit union’s community engagement. The kids, parents and teachers were all blown away by this innovative, fun, educational program, not to mention the experience of having an owl swoop through the audience and fly across the room to land on the trainer's glove.


“The kids paid attention and were very engaged the whole time,” says Steven Lang, whose two children attend West Heights Community School in Mission. “When a question was asked, over half of the kids would put up their hand but it was really the reaction of the teachers that caught my attention. They were smiling, participating, and even had a few reactions like they had learned something new as well.”


For those who haven’t heard of the program before, Earth Rangers is The Kids’ Conservation Organization dedicated to teaching kids to respect and protect the world around them. Through live shows, an online community, television presence and membership program, they educate over a million children a year about the importance of biodiversity and inspire them to become directly involved in protecting animals and their habitats.


The Earth Rangers School Outreach Program is a dynamic, fun and interactive presentation for students in grades 1-6. The program uses science-based information to educate children about the importance of protecting biodiversity while highlighting different conservation initiatives across Canada.



An Earth Ranger demonstrates a ferret's agility by walking it over a rope.


“Earth Rangers was great,” says Jaquie Enns, who attended a presentation with her nephew at Parkway Elementary in Penticton. “The kids loved it, they responded fantastically and were completely onboard to participate.”


Each year, Earth Rangers selects four unique Canadian species that become the anchor for the presentation. Throughout the presentation children learn about the four animals, their natural history, the current threats they face in the wild and what Earth Rangers is doing to help. This school year their program is focused on the barn swallow, Western bumble bee, beluga whale and Blanding’s turtle.


“The kids loved this,” says Ann-Marie Marley, whose daughter attends the Abbotsford School of Integrated Arts. “After the presentation my daughter signed up for Earth Rangers and has already raised $60 to help the Beluga whale and I hear that other children have done the same so not only has this event helped educate children in our community about animals and their habitats, but the trickle effect of global conservation and animal habitat restoration is also occurring.”


You can check out more photos from the schools Prospera sponsored on Facebook and visit the Earth Rangers website for more information:




About Prospera Credit Union

Building on more than 65 years of history in British Columbia, Prospera Credit Union is proud to be a member owned co-operative enterprise with operations that extend from Vancouver to Kelowna. As a full service financial institution that prides itself on building relationships, we serve our members through sixteen branches; online and mobile banking; and a locally-based contact centre. Through our membership in The Exchange network, our members enjoy fee-free access to more than 2,300 ATMs across Canada.


Making life better for everyone is important to us at Prospera. With an extensive community investment program devoted to supporting the organizations, events and volunteers that make our communities stronger, Prospera makes a meaningful difference in the financial well-being of our members and our communities.


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