The city of Sault Ste. Marie is the third-largest city in Northern Ontario (population of 75,000) and is located on the shores of the St. Mary’s River. Sault Ste. Marie, also known as “The Sault”, is one of the oldest settlements in North America, with historical records of explorers, voyageurs, traders, and soldiers dating back nearly 2,000 years.
The Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority (SSMRCA) is a local community partner working to recruit and mobilize EDRR volunteers in the Sault Ste. Marie area. SSMRCA owns and manages over 5,000 acres of diverse ecosystems that include forests, wetlands and shorelines. They also own and maintain five conservation areas that are open to the public: Hiawatha Highlands, Fork Creek, Mark’s Bay, Shore Ridges and Gros Cap.
Through their Children’s Environmental Education (CEE) program, SSMRCA staff provide instruction and activities to local area elementary-level students to promote environmental responsibility among youth.