Our Sponsors

We are honoured to have amazing supporters to help us achieve our Mission of getting youth outdoors, active and learning about their wild neighbours. 

Gallery Sponsors

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Event Sponsors

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Prize Sponsors

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"I am grateful for the opportunity to share with Natures Wild Neighbours Society our insight about "preparedness for children in the wilderness."  Children and teens develop courage, confidence, and independence from the knowledge and freedom they possess with their age-appropriate survival kits”. 

- Connie Jones, Owner and Creator of Buddy Packs

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General Sponsors

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Endorsers

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Robert Bateman, founder of the Natures Wild Neighbours Society.

Founder

Robert Bateman

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Margaret Atwood is Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, inventor, teacher and environmental activist. 

Writing Category Endorser

Margaret Atwood

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 Bruce Kirby is a Canadian adventurer, photographer, and writer.

Photography Category Endorser

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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

"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

“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