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Toronto District School Board

Jane Wadden, program coordinator for the
TDSB's Hillside Outdoor Education Centre
accepts a Rouge Park Award in 2002.

The Toronto and District School Board (TDSB) is a valued Friend of the Rouge. Over the years, many TDSB teachers, administrators and students have played important roles in the protection of the Rouge River watershed.

Some past and present FRW leaders are TDSB teachers including, Kevin O'Connor, Cathy Gregorio and Linda Beckett.

The TDSB has kindly provided FRW with a small office space in its Hillside Outdoor School. Since 1976, Hillside has operated day programs which provide outdoor and environmental education for approximately 10,000 TDSB students each year.

Hillside program coordinators such as Ken Andrews, Richard Christie, Jane Wadden and Lesley Dyce have made significant contributions to the Rouge.

The teachers at Hillside regularly involve their students in educational conservation activities such as tree and wildflower plantings, bio-monitoring and nature walks within the Rouge Park.

FRW's partnerships with the TDSB include:

  • educational presentations to promote Clean Air and Green Watersheds;
  • exchange of educational materials with TDSB teachers and students;
  • planting trees, shrubs and wildflowers on priority Rouge Park sites;
  • schoolground habitat regeneration;
  • educational nature walks and visits to the closed Beare landfill;
  • co-op placements for students;
  • joint fund-raising for habitat restoration projects;
  • helping schools become efficient in terms of enery, water and waste manangement.