About the Get to Know Program

The Get to Know Program is a project of the Wild Neighbours Society and has been inspiring connections between children and nature in the outdoors for over a decade. The program was founded in 1999 by renowned naturalist and painter Robert Bateman and Mary Clark in Kelowna, BC, with the dream that children would have opportunities to get to know the names of their wild neighbours.

The motto of the Get to Know Program is Connect. Create. Celebrate.These words articulate our mission to foster connections to nature through the creative arts-and to celebrate the fantastic work being done by youth in response to the environment and the need to understand and value nature.

Through the annual Get to Know Contest, we work to ensure that young people are provided with opportunities to spend more time out of doors. This is particularly important in this day and age, as children continue to abandon outdoor experiences.

Wild Neighbours Society Board of Directors:

  • Dr. Jack DeGruchy, President
  • Glenn Hendrickson, Treasurer
  • Christine Patton, Communications
  • Cameron Aplin, Director
  • Colin Starkevich, Director
  • Laura Makaltses, Director
  • Joel Agarwal, Director
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