Tsue ~ That's What She Said: Dawn Junior Wildlife Champions ~ Education and Wildlife Altruism

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Dawn Junior Wildlife Champions ~ Education and Wildlife Altruism

 An important part of pampering the Earth is pampering its residents ~ all of them!

DAWN is a leader in the effort to champion wildlife, as well as raise awareness and promote student education.  Partnering with Discovery Education, International Bird Rescue and The Marine Mammal Center, DAWN has launched the Junior Wildlife Champions program to educate youth and promote stewardship in animal rescue and preservation.

From investigative research to hands-on experiments and at-home activities, the Junior Wildlife Champions curriculum offers FREE lesson plans and tools to explore the issues surrounding oil spills and engages students to get involved in wildlife education in their own ways.

 The Junior Wildlife Champions program offers free lesson plans, geared for grades 3-5, on topics such as Investigating Oil Spills, Wildlife Rehabilitation and Saving Wildlife.  

DAWN offers educators and parents an opportunity to provide feedback on their Junior Wildlife Champions lessons plans.  Contributors are offered a free gift from DAWN and the Marine Mammal Center for their classroom!

DAWN's thirty year commitment to saving both birds and marine wildlife from both natural and man-made crisis lends authority and experience to this program.  Beyond their generous financial contributions, one million dollars over last year and this,  to International Bird Rescue and the Marine Mammal Center, DAWN is making an investment in our future by focusing on educating a new generation to be Wildlife Champions.  

"As we approach the one-year anniversary of the Gulf oil spill and 40th anniversary of Bird Rescue, the Junior Wildlife Champions program is especially timely for parents and teachers to marry current events with education," said Jay Holcomb, Director Emeritus of International Bird Rescue.  "We are thrilled to see this movement proactively promote all Americans – at every age – to be responsible for our environment and foster this passion within today's youths."

While the Junior Wildlife Champion program is new this year, DAWN has been promoting involvement in wildlife stewardship since 2009, with their Everyday Wildlife Champions program.

In June 2009, Dawn embarked on its Everyday Wildlife Champions program, a social forum that unites more than 300,000 individuals who share a passion for wildlife with an opportunity to connect and communicate.  From March to September, Junior Wildlife Champions will add one million school-aged children to Dawn's movement.  For more information about Dawn's Junior Wildlife Champions, please visit Facebook.com/DawnSavesWildlife.

 The Junior Wildlife Champions program will speak to students, especially through the assistance of three Junior Wildlife Ambassadors, who exemplify the mission of the Junior Champions program in both their care for creatures and their specific endeavors.

Gavin (age 7, Arizona) is educating children and adults alike on beach and ocean clean-up through his “Rescuing the Ocean” activities and website.  Gavin was the grand prize winner of the “Give Back. Simple Wins” essay contest, in which Bayer donated $5,000 in Gavin’s name to the Surfrider Foundation for ocean and beach preservation.  

Ellie (age 10, Maryland) is a dedicated fundraiser, and in 2009 she was the first child in the U.S. to raise more than $500 for The Marine Mammal Center (TMMC) for its “Dollar-A-Pound” campaign.  Ellie was invited to participate in the Center’s Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting event in recognition of her fundraising efforts.  This year, Ellie is working toward a goal of $2,000, which will bring her total to nearly $5,000 raised for TMMC via bake sales and community activities.   
Olivia (age 11, New York) is a budding ornithologist and wildlife artist who has donated her watercolors, raising nearly $200,000 for Gulf recovery efforts. This spring, Olivia is releasing her first book, “Olivia’s Birds: Saving the Gulf,” featuring Olivia's hand-drawn illustrations, bird facts and photos.
Get involved in this important effort and spread the word!

Support Everyday Wildlife Champions and DAWN's efforts via Facebook and get the latest from Twitter.

DAWN customer's can pledge their support by entering codes from DAWN bottles and boosting DAWN's contribution to International Bird Rescue and the Marine Mammal Center.

Information and images provided by DAWN.  The opinions expressed above are both honest and my own.  I received no compensation for this post; I simply appreciate and support the program.


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