Camp Suzuki in the Rouge is an innovative public engagement program that celebrates the Rouge River watershed — a wilderness gem in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area where we are working to establish Canada's first urban National Park. The Rouge's rich forests, fields and farmlands provide easy access to a true wilderness experience for millions of residents, and are truly essential to the health and well-being of the region.
To ensure that local communities are engaged in the creation of the National Park, we hope to spur local residents to get active and create projects that connect residents with this natural treasure in their backyard.
Through the Camp Suzuki program, DSF has recruited and trained 12 incredible teams to design and launch unique Rouge-related awareness campaigns and activities in their communities. Together, we will:
- Celebrate the Rouge by getting 1000+ people to explore the park;
- Engage members of diverse ages and backgrounds in local community initiatives;
- Increase awareness of the link between human well-being and nature.
On January 28-29, 2012, our community teams came together with DSF staff and friends for an inspiring leadership weekend to vision the future, explore our hopes and concerns for the planet, and begin planning diverse community engagement projects. Thank you to all participants for your commitment and hard work!
Meet our 2012 Camp Suzuki community teams!
- Across U-hub
- AiMS Environmental
- Dunbarton High School
- Markham Museum
- Rouge Valley Hikers
- Rouge Valley Naturalists
- Sir Oliver Mowat Collegiate Institute
- University of Toronto — Scarborough Campus
- Youth Environmental Network of York Region
Thank you to our sponsor
What is Camp Suzuki?
Camp Suzuki is a leadership program that seeks to build a network of highly engaged and trained community champions working locally to engage Canadians to reconnect with and explore the nature around them. These champions will create new sustainability programs, shape new norms, and foster healthy, strong communities.
Camp Suzuki builds community-level programs that transform our relationship with nature, each other and ourselves — fostering and promoting both personal and environmental health.
If you are interested in learning more about Camp Suzuki or getting involved in the Foundation's Rouge campaign, you are welcome to contact Aryne Sheppard, Senior Public Engagement Specialist.