A tale of inspiration...

The Development Director of the P.I.N.E. Project shares his story

http://www.greenlivingonline.com/sites/default/files/PINE 1.jpgIn Toronto, a young organization called The P.I.N.E. Project is bringing a vision to life where nature and people live in harmony. Their work happens within the city. P.I.N.E. stands for Primitive Integrated Naturalist Education and their mission is to inspire healthy, life-long connections between people and nature through outdoor learning and play. The P.I.N.E. Project offers a range of programs, including home-school and public school classes, summer camps, adult workshops, regional gatherings and a tracking club. This multi-layered approach is founded on a commitment to community building.

“It’s an acknowledgment of our interconnectedness; to work with kids we need to work with their parents and educators as well; to work with adults, we need elders and masters in their craft. In honoring how each part is affected by and requires the whole, we create true community that is in balance. This is a relationship approach. We realize that we cannot separate the parts and then hope to build something cohesive from that separation.” says Patrick Draper, Development Director.

So on top of the program participants, P.I.N.E. engages volunteers, local businesses and non-profits and a network of community supporters. They are a catalyst and focal point for a culture rooted in nature connection.

Here is Patrick’s Tale of Inspiration.