CPAWS Quebec, the Société des établissements de plein air du Québec (Sépaq), the Fondation Monique-Fitz-Back, the Association des Camps du Québec and MEC have joined forces to create Connection N: a project aimed at giving youth affected by a nature deficit their first experience of the outdoors.
Three days of total immersion in nature
Each year in September, Connection N brings together about fifteen young newcomers to Quebec from various backgrounds for three days of immersion in nature and discovery activities at Mont-Tremblant National Park. The goal of the activity: to let youth from all walks of life enjoy the outdoors and have an adventure that will foster their appreciation the natural environment, ultimately contributing to its protection.
On the program: camping, hiking, canoeing, biking, via ferrata, talks and smiles, a full weekend that lets our young participants experience and discover their host country in a new way!
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Why Connection N?
Today's youth, especially those in the city, lack opportunities to experience nature and the outdoors. And yet, contact and connection with nature are absolutely essential for our physical and mental health and well-being!
Spending time outdoors is scientifically proven to reduce obesity and attentional and behavioural problems. The lack of connection to nature among youth also results in a lack of awareness, even indifference, regarding the importance of protecting our ecosystems. Paradoxically, this same generation will undoubtedly face unprecedented environmental challenges, especially the consequences of climate disruption.
In addition, not all youth can access outdoor equipment and parks in urban areas. We want to give high school students the chance to have a unique experience in nature, so they can then become true outdoor enthusiasts!
Connection N is organized following the Thanks to Nature event on Thanksgiving Sunday. In fact, a portion of the donations collected each year during the Thanks to Nature campaign is allocated to the Connection N project.