These days, there’s woodland inside the walls of Pratt & Whitney Canada’s Centre de la Petite Enfance daycare. Children at the daycare now explore the outdoors with the help of an educational book created by Pratt & Whitney Canada and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
The book, titled "Mais qui Chante Dans le Boise?" ("Who’s that Singing in Our Woodland?"), is part of Pratt & Whitney Canada's commitment to educating the next generation about nature and the environment. The hope is that the earlier green values are instilled, the sooner children will put them into practice.
“Children today no longer have a connection with nature; they don’t play outside anymore,” said Denis Poignonec, specialist, climate change and community outreach, Pratt & Whitney Canada. “That’s a shame, because growing up close to nature helps children become environmentally aware adults. Fortunately for the future adults in Pratt & Whitney Canada's daycare, there’s a woodland right on their doorstep.”
"Mais qui Chante Dans le Boisé?" describes the adventures of a little squirrel who lives in Pratt & Whitney Canada's woodland and sets off to discover the source of some mysterious singing. Along the way, he encounters various creatures: a white-tailed deer, ants, a hairy woodpecker and a grass snake. With their help, he discovers that the mysterious singing creature is none other than a western chorus frog.
“This kind of initiative gives children a sense of belonging with respect to nature and the environment and sows the seeds of ecological awareness,” said Robert Cadieux, fellow and corporate manager, Environment and Sustainable Development, Pratt & Whitney Canada.
This past winter, Cadieux signed copies of the book to give away at the daycare. Pratt & Whitney Canada's other environmentally themed projects include pedagogical kits through a collaboration with Nature Action Québec (NAQ) to help them explore nature throughout the four seasons.