Our After School Champions
Tír na Nóg Forest School, Roachville, NB
In the Ancient Land of the Young
Lisa Brown's classroom is over 10,000 years old. With 30,000 species of wildlife, a complex system of waterways, and no fewer than 32 distinct native trees, the Acadian Forest is a vast network of flora and fauna teeming with all forms of life. It’s also home to the Tír na Nóg Forest School, where children are free to roam the green worlds around them.
Wolastoqewiyik Trail Blazers, St. Mary’s First Nation, NB
A Model for Holistic Living
For boys like Bryce and John—pictured here—sweats and drum circles have become an important part of their lives, thanks in large part to the concerted efforts of community leaders like Chris Brooks. Their faces light up at the prospect of spending time at the lodge, a place where the wisdom of the past waits for their generation to carry it into the future.
Explore Your World After School Program, New Maryland, NB
A Lasting Harvest
A crew of apprentice gardeners lean over their plots, knee-deep in soil. As they clear a few weeds from a freshly planted row, they debate how much water their seedlings will need to sprout vegetables this summer.
It's the kind of scene that perfectly illustrates what happens when children are given the chance to garden: not only are these apprentice growers active for hours on end, but also they learn how to tend to something small and delicate by sharing its care with others.
Boys & Girls Club of Fredericton and Saint John, NB
New Adventures in Everyday Living
The young chef inspects the cracker at arm's length. She inches it closer, takes a bite, and then slowly contemplates its taste.
Little adventures like these play out every day at Boys and Girls Clubs across New Brunswick. For the many children who benefit from these programs, the opportunity to experiment with new foods not only opens up avenues of culinary possibility, but also empowers them to chart their own course towards a healthier future.
The Town of Oromoto Department of Recreation and Tourism
The Locally Active Community
Two campers flip headfirst into the pool. As they swim along the bottom, they swirl and wave at the surface, a couple of mermaids on loan from the sea.
Spontaneous moments like these are actually an important part of these campers' weekly routine: to get some relief from the summer heat, the town of Oromocto's Adventure Day Camp hits the local outdoor pool each Thursday, an opportunity made possible in part by the generosity of the Canadian Forces Exchange System.