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Meet the Team
Board of Directors

Robert Bateman

Canadian painter and worldwide leader in natural and environmental causes. Founder of “Natures” Wild Neighbours Society (1999) and the Get to Know Contest (2000).

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Margaret Atwood

Canadian poet, novelist, and environmental activist.


Bruce Kirkby

Canadian adventurer, photographer, and writer, recognized for extended expeditions to remote wilderness areas.


Les Stroud - Survivorman

Award winning Producer, Filmmaker, Musician, Author, and Environmental Activist

“Whatever I do today, let it effect somebody in a positive way, let it bring about a positive influence in their life and inspire them” ~ Les Stroud

“In this age of ever-increasing urbanization, polarization, and distraction, what could possibly be more valuable -- for both today and tomorrow -- that connecting our youth to nature. The love of wild places and wild things lies within us all, and Robert Bateman's Get to Know program breathes life into that spark for children who otherwise might not have an opportunity to explore their connection to nature.  For me, this represents our future's greatest hope.” - Bruce Kirby

"I whole-heartedly endorse the Get to Know program for its commitment to getting youth outside, connecting them to nature, facilitating this connection through art, and encouraging them to become Stewards of the Earth. Technology does not replace Nature: cutting ourselves off from contact with nature makes us sicker, both mentally and physically, and reconnecting makes us healthier”.   - Margaret Atwood, 2018

I can't conceive of anything being more varied and rich and handsome than the planet Earth. And its crowning beauty is the natural world. I want to soak it up, to understand it as well as I can, and to absorb it. And then I'd like to put it together and express it in my paintings. This is the way I want to dedicate my work. - Robert Bateman

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