Breaking barriers and getting outdoors
Choices for Youth participants ‘Learn to Camp’ at Terra Nova National Park
Terra Nova National Park recently hosted the Parks Canada Learn to Camp program for the first time.
Learn to Camp (created in 2011) aims to increase use of Parks Canada sites by groups of people who are typically less likely to use them.
“It’s an opportunity to share with all Canadians what we love,” says Parks Canada’s Dave Taylor.
Campers in the inaugural session at Terra Nova National Park were nearly 50 mothers and children from the Choices for Youth Momma Moments program from the St. John’s area.
Choices for Youth is a not-for-profit that serves homeless and at-risk youth. Their Momma Moments program supports young mothers and affords them an opportunity to interact with other moms in a healthy and supportive environment.
Megan Matthews has been a participant of the Momma Moments program for five years, ever since she was pregnant with her first son.
“I like to be out in the woods and so do my kids,” says Megan. “It’s good to be out here in a big group. I learned a lot on the hike, like about the wildflowers that I never would have even thought about on my own, or never even cared about. Momma Moments offers friends. And more than just friends, it’s family.”
Interpreter Mattea McRae helps a group of moms and children get a closer look at marine creatures during a coastal scavenger hunt near the Visitor Centre.
Parks Canada staff Mattea McRae, Meg Mackay and Rebecca Raymond supervise and answer questions during the coastal scavenger hunt.
Building a tower of blocks at the Visitor Centre, Leah keeps a captive audience.
Nathan displays a sea star for Leah, Megan, Kayla, Amanda, and Katie Piercey.