Our 2018 Youth Environmental Leadership Expedition At A Glance

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2018 Expedition at the Frontenac Arch

We had a fantastic 2018 expedition, exploring the Frontenac Arch in eastern Ontario, Canada. The Frontenac Arch is a special place - one of Canada's biodiversity hotspots and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The coming together of two distinct geological regions and five different forest types has created habitat for a diversity of species. Our home base for the 11 days of the program was the Queen's University Biology Station (QUBS), near Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Located on Lake Opinicon. QUBS offers the full beauty and diversity of the region, surrounded by deciduous forest, rocky outcrops, and abundant wildlife. Participants loved being at QUBS. They loved being on the lake, living in a cottage surrounded by forest, and getting out of bed in the morning to head over to the dining hall for breakfast.

OUr cottage and home for our time on the expedition. Frank’s cottage at QUBS on lake opinicon.

OUr cottage and home for our time on the expedition. Frank’s cottage at QUBS on lake opinicon.

Nothing beats s’mores around the campfire. due to drought we could only have our fire in this fire pit, but that’s ok. The s’more were greatt!

Nothing beats s’mores around the campfire. due to drought we could only have our fire in this fire pit, but that’s ok. The s’more were greatt!

QUBS, on Lake Opinicon, was our home base. We explored the lake, swam, took a Safe Paddling Certification course, a boat tour of the lake and hiked around the area. We explored the area via day trips, to learn about the Frontenac Arch and to photograph it and shoot video. We learned about the geology and biology of the Frontenac Arch, while hiking the trails of Charleston Provincial Park.

learning canoeing and exploring the lake

learning canoeing and exploring the lake

boat tour of lake opinicon

boat tour of lake opinicon

learning self rescue and how to empty a canoe while in the middle of the lake. Tons of fun! part of our safe paddling certificate.

learning self rescue and how to empty a canoe while in the middle of the lake. Tons of fun! part of our safe paddling certificate.

Learning how paddlers can switch ends of the canoe while in the middle of the lake. part of our safe paddling certificate.

Learning how paddlers can switch ends of the canoe while in the middle of the lake. part of our safe paddling certificate.

learning about the geology of the frontenac arch and how it has shaped the biology of the area. The Arch is a biodiversity hotspot in canada.

learning about the geology of the frontenac arch and how it has shaped the biology of the area. The Arch is a biodiversity hotspot in canada.

Photographing at Charleston Lake provincial park.

Photographing at Charleston Lake provincial park.

Who is the Youth Environmental Leadership Expedition program for?

This is a program for youth who want to learn about environmental and conservation issues and who want to develop their leadership skills so that they can help to create a sustainable future for our planet and people. For youth, age 14-19, our program uses a unique approach to environmental education. We teach participants the tools of visual storytelling (photography and video) as a way to engage them in learning about environmental and conservation issues. No prior photography or video experience is needed. We'll teach participants National Geographic-style photography, video production, and help them to tell the story about an environmental or conservation issue that captivates them and then we help them to share their photos and video with the world. In this way, they become ambassadors for the environment.

Leadership and Communication are Essential Components of the Youth Environmental Leadership Expedition

Team building and leadership are also elements that are woven into our expedition. We believe that developing self-confidence and leadership skills are important elements of our personal and professional growth. Regardless of what career you choose, being an effective leader is a key component of success. Another key component of success is our ability to communicate. Communication happens in a variety of different ways. Our focus is on visual communication - through photography and video - but we also want to help participants learn presentation skills so that they can share their photos and videos with the world.