Campaigns | May 30, 2019

Support Equal Access to Science Education For Youth With This Year’s Great Canadian Giving Challenge

Happy June, everyone—the month of the Great Canadian Giving Challenge!

This year, we are looking for YOUR support to ensure all Canadian students have equal access to the unique science education experience that the world’s freshwater laboratory can offer.

Every year, IISD Experimental Lakes Area offers a two-week course for high-school students to work directly with our scientists out at the site, observing, helping, asking, answering, getting their hands dirty, and learning a phenomenal amount of environmental science—all while having fun, of course!

Scientist holds up hands in front of students standing in a boat in front of a lake.

It costs $2,000 for a student to take part in the two-week course, and your generous support will subsidize a high-school student with limited means to gain full access to the unparalleled educational experience that IISD-ELA offers.

We want to encourage students from diverse backgrounds to take part, but not all students can afford to participate.

“Throughout the course I was able to learn directly from scientists and researchers which was a whole new and incredible experience. I learnt so much in these two weeks, from how to sample lakes to conducting experiments in the chem lab. I love how hands-on this course is: it makes it possible to learn so many different things that wouldn’t be possible in a classroom.”

That’s where YOU come in. It costs $2,000 for a student to take part in the two-week course, and your generous support will subsidize a high school student with limited means to gain full access to the unparalleled educational experience that IISD-ELA offers.

Our goal is to raise $16,000 to offer eight freshwater guardians of the future this exciting chance to discover the science for themselves.

But it doesn’t stop there.

Thanks to an incredibly generous donation of $5,000 from Pam and Andrew Cooke, we can double every single donation we get from the public. That’s right—every dollar you give us will be doubled, so you can be sure that your donation to the world’s freshwater laboratory is getting the best bang for its buck.

And the more dollars we raise, the higher the chance of us winning an additional $10,000 for equal access to science education from the Great Canadian Giving Challenge.

Please consider donating today to support equal access to science education.

Man and young girl look at a piece of scientific equipment outdoors.

Every year, IISD Experimental Lakes Area offers a two-week course for high-school students to work directly with our scientists out at the site.