Partners in Education
The Assiniboine Park Conservancy is continuing its exciting partnership with Pembina Trails School Division (PTSD). Since 2011, we have worked together toward "Fostering Student Engagement" through customized programming.
Students in Grades 1 to 6 are selected by PTSD to visit Assiniboine Park Zoo and Conservatory and participate in a series of weekly programs throughout the fall and winter to learn about conservation, nature and biodiversity.
The goal is to assist students who are experiencing difficulties engaging in typical classroom learning and may show signs of inattention and frustration, by providing opportunities for exploration and nurturing curiosity. As the program evolved, Assiniboine Park incorporated an intergenerational component that promotes positive interactions between generations. The one-to-one support provided by Assiniboine Park’s education team and PTSD behaviour and learning support teachers ensures that students are well-supported and feel emotionally safe while participating in the learning activities.
Assiniboine Park Conservancy is committed to developing partnerships with local organizations and schools that want to participate in educational adventures that broaden students' physical connection to the natural world around them. “Fostering Student Engagement” is a wonderful example of how we can provide students with positive learning experiences. This program is a model for developing other partner support programs with Winnipeg’s school divisions.