The Brother Brennan Environmental Education Centre is about helping children connect with the natural environment so that they will learn to love it and want to protect it.
Mandate and Program
The mandate of the Environmental Education Commission (EEC) is to run the Brother Brennan Environmental Education Centre, established in 1984. The Centre is located in a wilderness setting in the boreal forest of the Avalon Peninsula, about 100km from St. John’s. The Centre includes two main buildings, a network of trails, a ‘kitchen’ garden, a wetland boardwalk, and two wind turbines. From May- June and September-November of each year, school classes visit the centre with their teachers for 2-day, overnight field trips. The Centre’s education team: a teacher employed by the NL English School Board, and 3 teaching assistants, lead the students through rich, outdoor, hands-on learning activities. The main goals are to introduce students to the beauty of nature in this pristine setting; teach environmental responsibility; and cover a variety of topics including wetland and forest science, nature art and gardening basics.
Echo Pond Summer Camp - now in our second year!
This year we will have overnight camps for 7-9 year olds, 10-12 year-olds, and 13-14 year-olds. All camps will offer hiking, canoeing, swimming, outdoor games, campfires, and yoga. We are seeking sponsorship that will aid us in sponsoring children from low-income families to be able to attend camp.
Our ethic of environmental responsibility is key to all of our programs, both the School Program and Echo Pond Summer Camp. The Centre is a role model of sustainability: it is off the grid and provides most of its electricity through wind turbines; there is a sustainable food policy that includes sourcing local food, including from the on-site garden. Additionally, we teach about local ecology, ecosystems and climate change; and promote the Leave No Trace outdoor ethic.