All children are born with an innate sense of charity and compassion. It can be easy to lose sight of this fact as we listen to our little ones listing the items and experiences they want year-round, but if you look closely, the signs are everywhere. Watch your child offer to help you clean the house, or catch them comforting a sibling or friend who's feelings have been hurt. Children naturally look for ways to make a contribution and to help others! Just as we give our children opportunities to use their legs when they're learning to walk, we also need to give them opportunities to exercise their charitable muscles so they become really good at giving too.
The benefits of actively fostering a child's charitable impulses are substantial. Besides helping to tackle the "gimmes", it has been scientifically proven to increase self-esteem and confidence. When children see their ability to help, they realize they have the power to make a positive difference, and when you help a child help others, you really are helping to create a better world.
This year Science North is reaching out to our communities youth to Adopt an Animal Ambassador. Your adoption fee helps us to teach visitors of all ages about your favourite animal and to continue providing engaging and educational animal programming year-round.
Your $50 donation makes you an 'Official Ambassador Friend' and includes the following:
Born in 2012, Saunders joined our team of Science North Animal Ambassadors in March 2013. He is still a little shy but we expect he'll soon enjoy exploring our outside grounds and meeting our visitors "up close". He is our first animal to undergo positive reinforcement training to make "scary" things like vet examinations, needles, and claw trimming less stressful. He is an omnivore and, like a true northerner, especially loves blueberries!
Drifter was between 2-4 years old when he came to us in 2004. He is unique as he only has half a tail, having lost the other half to frostbite before coming to us. He is a herbivore who particularly enjoys aspen and dandelions, roots, leaves flowers and all. Drifter has a bit of a sweet tooth. He loves apples and berries!
Kashkuanashku, or “Kash” for short, was born in 2016 at another Canadian Zoo. Since he was born in human care, he cannot be released back into the wild. His name comes from the Innu language and means “it is cloudy”.
Look at Kash’s tail when he's swimming. He uses it to change direction and dive under the water.
Maple was born in 2016. Maple was born in human care and thus cannot be released into the wild. Porcupines give birth to only one young a year, called a porcupette.
Porcupines are agile climbers and spend most of their lives up in trees. They eat the bark and leaves of many Northern Ontario trees. If you can’t find Maple, try looking up among the branches.
Our neighbours in remote areas throughout the province need inspirational, educational and entertaining science experiences too! Science North delivers programming across Ontario through camps, festivals and fairs; and we can reach more science enthusiasts with your help. Let’s inspire people of all ages to be engaged with the science in the world around them.
Science North is always looking for new opportunities! When you make a donation to The Next Big Idea!, you empower Science North to respond quickly to new opportunities and initiatives as they arise. This keeps us current and relevant. Be part of Science North’s Next Big Idea!
Not all children have the opportunity to experience the magic of Science North camps. You can make a difference in a child’s life by making a donation to The Risto Laamanen Fund. The fund was established to ensure that children from underprivileged families could participate in Science North camps regardless of their family’s financial situation.
The Risto Laamanen Fund
The Risto Laamanen Fund was established in 2009, following the untimely passing of Risto Laamanen, long serving Chair of the Board of Trustees of Science North. Risto was passionate about Science North and its impact on the Sudbury Community and Northern Ontario. His thirteen years of commitment as Chair reflect his dedication and ongoing support.
Donations to the Risto Laamanen Fund will allow underprivileged children in the community to experience the magic and wonder of Science North and Dynamic Earth Science Camps, regardless of their families' financial situation.
My favorite thing about science camp is having to build all these magnificent robots because it was fun building them and I had so much fun with my lab partnerAlyssa, 9
I love science camp because I'm pretty good with machinery. My mom knew this was the perfect camp for me!Christian, 8
Our bluecoats keep Science North current and exciting. You can find information everywhere these days, but interaction with a Bluecoat will transform information into knowledge. They are the magic behind the Science North experience! The Marchbank Innovation Fund allows our Bluecoats to conduct on and off-site research, develop new programs, experiences and exhibits, and get you excited about the science in the world about you.
In partnership with the Northern Cancer Foundation, this fund covers admission for guests who wish to seek solace at Science North, and more particularly in our F. Jean MacLeod Butterfly Gallery, while undergoing treatment at the Northeast Cancer Centre.
Mary took great pride in serving her community and doing what she could to improve the life of others. She was a trustee on a number of boards such as the Board of the Sudbury General Hospital and Science North. She was also a trustee of her dear friend Jean MacLeod's trust which generously supported the F. Jean MacLeod Butterfly Gallery at Science North.
The Mary Toppazzini-Bernardi Fund was established in 2013 thanks to Mary Bernardi's legacy gift.
Given Mary's fond appreciation for Asian-inspired influences, two Japanese garden benches made of solid teak wood have been custom built by Science North to commemorate her generous gift. When you visit Science North, please enjoy a few moments of reflection in this space.
In September 2011 as part of a cancer treatment program, I had to travel to Sudbury and stay at the Cancer Treatment Centre. The days often seemed very long, as the treatments would only fill 30 minutes to an hour of each day, including wait times.
Thankfully during my stay in Sudbury, I was able to visit Science North free of charge, by merely showing my Cancer Centre identification. This was a great diversion for me, and as a result I found myself visiting Science North several times a week. I particularly enjoyed all the movies as they helped me relax and forget the fact that I was away from home, on my own. I also really enjoyed visiting the butterfly gallery, a very peaceful, warm and calming environment, with a beautiful variety of tropical butterflies fluttering about.
These visits were not only a great way to fill my day, but as a Cancer Care patient provided me with some mental stimulation and emotional therapy during an otherwise difficult time.B. Foley, New Liskeard
Prior to entering politics, Rick Bartolucci was an educator for 30 years. This legacy Fund was inspired by Rick’s enduring passion for education and his interest in making Science North accessible to all children. Donations to the Fund allow Science North to distribute complimentary Corporate PLUS Membership passes to local service agencies and non-profit organizations that serve children and youth with special needs. Passes will provide free access to both Science North’s science centre and Dynamic Earth. With our unique programming and educational exhibits that inspire people to be engaged in science, this Fund will help Science North fuel imagination and spark creativity for young learners.
You can make a bequest through a gift in your will or through a life insurance policy naming Science North as a beneficiary. Not only does this benefit Science North, but you will also receive sizable tax savings either during your lifetime or thereafter, depending on how you structure the arrangement. Planned gifts can include gifts of cash, equity or property.
Your financial advisor can help determine the charitable giving arrangement that best suits your needs. Gift Planning makes it possible for you to both give and receive.
Thanks to all the special donors that adopted and named Science North's Madagascar hissing cockroaches as an unforgettable Valentine's gift for their loved ones.
All of the funds raised help to lovingly care for all of Science North’s creepy creatures- weird and wonderful.
Donors and community members are encouraged to come and visit these adopted roaches on Science North's 2nd floor: