Ducks Unlimited Canada

Ducks Unlimited Canada

August 11, 2005 11:00 ET

Ducks Unlimited Canada Hosts National Youth Camp in Manitoba

OAK HAMMOCK MARSH, MANANITOBA--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 11, 2005) -

Great Greenwing Adventure teaches young environmentalists about the value of wetlands

What do you call a group of 12 passionate teenagers from across Canada and the United States who flock to Manitoba for a week of summer fun and environmental learning in a wetland wonderland? The Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) Great Greenwing Adventure.

From August 6-12, DUC is hosting 10 teens selected from across Canada, as well as two from the United States, at Oak Hammock Marsh, which is just north of Winnipeg, Man. Throughout the week, the teens will try their hands at activities like radio telemetry, duck banding, wilderness skills, GIS geocaching, camping, canoeing, fishing and more, under the guidance of DUC scientists and interpreters from the Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre.

The goal of the Great Greenwing Adventure is to build skills and a lifelong appreciation for wetlands, wildlife and conservation in today's youth, who are tomorrow's conservation leaders and decision-makers.

"The Great Greenwing Adventure is part of DUC's national, award-winning education program," says Dr. Rick Wishart, DUC's director of education. "It puts teens directly in touch with nature and helps to build their understanding and appreciation for the need to conserve wetlands and the environment."

At the end of the week, the adventurers will test their knowledge in the Iron Muskrat Relay, a team competition that requires the teens to apply the things they've learned throughout the week. In addition, two Canadian teens will be selected to attend a youth camp in February to learn about wetlands in the southern United States.

This year, over 100 teens from across Canada applied for the adventure. To be selected, hopefuls were asked to submit a reference and an application that outlined the environmental and outdoor activities they have participated in, and why they think they would make a good addition to the 2005 Great Greenwing Adventure team. Participants were then selected by DUC judges.

The 2005 Great Greenwing Adventure coincides with the United Nations' International Youth Day on Friday, August 12, a major focus of which is promoting action to further encourage the empowerment and participation of youth in processes and decisions that affect their lives. By putting them in touch with wetlands and nature, DUC is empowering these young adventurers to take action on something that very much affects their lives-the health of the environment.

Since 1938, DUC has conserved, restored and managed wetlands and their associated habitats for North America's waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people, but they are disappearing-as much as 70 per cent have already been lost in settled areas of Canada.

Contact Information

  • Ducks Unlimited Canada
    David Lavallee
    National Marketing and Communications Coordinator
    (204) 467-3270
    d_lavallee@ducks.ca