The Ohio Wildlife Center expanded their facilities to include an outdoor education center in Delaware County, in hopes of involving community youth in proactive conservation. This new program for kids was known as the Kids Conservation Action Network, or KidsCAN! With activities such as hiking, bird watching and backyard habitat restoration, the facility provided an educational venue for kids to visit after school.
The program worked to teach kids about conservation and the environment, and engage them in neighborhood stewardship practices. Teaching children at a young age about the importance of caring for our environment and all its habitants is an enormous benefit to the community and its future. KidsCAN! teaches life skills, problem-solving and teamwork, all while giving kids a fun place to celebrate the outdoors.
With the support of the Dublin Foundation, the Ohio Wildlife Center was able to provide the equipment, training and other pertinent supplies to execute the program. For these children, the mentoring and learning process was a gift they will never forget.