Attention students & teachers! We have lots of eco-opportunities to help you go green including popular workshops for children from grades JK to 6, our award-winning Youth Network for high school students and our annual Community Clean Up event where thousands of participants across the city join together to clean up beautiful Burlington.
Only if we understand, can we care.
Only if we care, we will help.
Only if we help, we shall be saved.
BurlingtonGreen provides a variety of educational and entertaining programs, events and services designed to help students, classrooms, teachers and schools help the planet locally.
- More than 6,000 Burlington children have participated in our popular Kids Go Green workshops so far. Offered for grades JK to grade 6, the interactive program provides a fun and educational opportunity to help children to grow up green. Note: we offer a limited number of bookings each year so be sure to send in your booking request as soon as you can.
- Burlington students from grades 9 to 12 are invited to get involved with our BGYN (BurlingtonGreen Youth Network). This rewarding and impactful program links youth from across the city to each other and to local eco-action projects.
- Check out our Kids' & Teachers' Resource page to discover ideas on how to grow up green.
- Kids and teachers can take our online Eco-Score quiz to measure their environmental footprint and learn ways to reduce their impact. There are great prizes available to be won just by participating!
- Our Eco-Film Festival engages audiences to learn about global environmental issues and how they can help address them at home, school and in the community.
- Halton youth from grades 7 to 12 are invited to register to attend our hugely popular Youth Eco Summit (offered every second year). World renowned eco-heroes such as Jane Goodall, Severn Suzuki, Robert Bateman and Sharkwater's Rob Stewart have inspired thousands of youth and teachers to learn how they can "think global and act local" to create a better today and a more sustainable future.
- Visit our Facebook page and Events Calendar to learn about eco-focused events and programs in Halton and you can also send us a request to post your eco-event here.
BurlingtonGreen strives to listen to the eco issues that concern the community with an aim to bring them to the attention of our elected officials. In doing so, it is our goal to raise the platform of the environment so that decision making, laws, necessary funding and resulting actions will create a better future for generations to come. It is essential that youth participate in the democratic process, speaking up for the rights of the environment for which they will inherit.
- Is your class or school involved in a campaign to protect wildlife or a specific environmental issue? Let us know here and we may shine a spotlight on your efforts on our website or in our monthly e-newsletter to inspire readers far and wide.
- Not sure how to get your voice heard by our elected officials on an issue that matters to your class or school? Check out our helpful advocacy tips page here.
- Let us know your opinion on issues BurlingtonGreen is currently focusing on and how you can help to get bylaws and policies in place to help protect the rights of the environment. Check out our Greenprint for the Future program here and have your students complete our super brief survey here.
- For a history of our advocacy efforts so far, please visit our Advocacy Archives page here.
BurlingtonGreen offers a variety of fun and rewarding opportunities to help create a more environmentally responsible city:
- Sign up your school to participate in our annual citywide Community Clean Up Green Up held in April, in honour of Earth Day. Each year, more than 10,000 people including thousands of school children, participate in retrieving litter from parks, creeks, school yards and neighbourhoods to keep our city clean and beautiful.
- You don't have to wait until April to clean up your school yard and community. Your school can organize your own clean up which is both rewarding and fun. We also offer a Green Up event typically held in May each year in an effort to restore the ecological balance of a selected area within the community. Stewardship activities include native shrub and tree planting, invasive plant removals, and litter collection. (Because registration space is limited, we cannot accept class or school bookings but we encourage interested individual students and teachers to sign up to participate in this very rewarding experience.)
- Burlington is fortunate to be the home of an impressive line-up of events and festivals each year. Unfortunately, large event crowds result in a lot of waste being produced that makes its way to the Halton landfill. High School students can take action locally (and earn volunteer hours) by volunteering with our Event Greening Eco-Action team to ensure waste is sorted and diverted from the landfill.
- BurlingtonGreen is proud to have established the first public community garden in Burlington in partnership with the City. The City now manages multiple community gardens while BG operates an innovative Grow to Give program where we invite volunteers to plant, maintain and harvest healthy, organic produce to deliver to local food banks. We offer a limited number of class trips to visit the Grow to Give Garden at Central Park in the late Spring and early Fall. You can learn more about the Grow To Give Garden program here.
More ways to make a difference...
- Sign up for a BG Membership. We can't do all the important work we do without the support of our members. Join us today! Learn more here.
- Make a Donation. Multiple schools in Burlington have kindly donated a portion of their hard-earned school fundraising proceeds to support our important work. We visit the schools to present a framed thank you certificate in recognition of their generosity and support. Learn more here.
- Stay Connected. Sign up today to receive our FREE e-news so you can learn about programs, events, local eco issues and opportunities to get involved. Note: Halton teachers are advised to register their personal email address in place of school board emails as the school board spam filters typically block our mail.
- Volunteer. We have many rewarding volunteer opportunities available for people of all ages! Learn more here.