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Supporting Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

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Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, located on 460 acres just outside Rosseau, Ontario,
is the province's largest wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centre. The sanctuary was founded in 1972 and has been a registered non-profit charity since 1988. Aspen Valley specializes in the rescue, rehabilitation and release of Canadian mammals. The sanctuary also provides a permanent home to native mammals that cannot be released back into the wild. 

In a typical year, Aspen Valley admits over 300 animals for rehabilitation and release.
Aspen Valley also provides a permanent home to about two dozen large and smalll
non-releasable mammals that came from zoos and other wildlife rehabilitation centres.

  • I have been a member of the board since Sept. 2013. 
  • We are providing monthly support to orphaned beaver kits being rehabilitated for release at Aspen Valley.

Beaver kits stay with their parents until they are two,
so it takes two years to prepare a young beaver for release.
  • I help maintain Aspen Valley's website, and created a pair of educational pages for the site:


  • In June 2016, we transferred an orphaned fox from Shades of Hope Wildlife Refuge to Aspen Valley, for specialized care.
  • In May 2016, we delivered seven orphaned raccoons from Georgina to Aspen Valley, for care:
  • In spring of 2016, my school donated 28 student-made squirrel boxes to Aspen Valley.
  • In the fall of 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, my class engaged in an outreach project, collecting natural foods for local wildlife sanctuaries, and completing a number of math problems and literacy projects involving the items we collected. We created announcements, classroom presentations and posters, educating students about what wildlife rehabilitators do and encouraging other students at our school to bring in natural food donations.

Food items our school donated to Aspen Valley in 2014

Food items our school donated to Aspen Valley in 2014

Food items our school donated to Aspen Valley in 2013
  • In August 2015, I helped a friend rescue an injured raccoon kit from her yard, and took it to Aspen Valley for treatment.
  • In May 2014, we assisted with a wildlife transfer from Shades of Hope to Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, by driving three orphaned baby raccoons from Washago to Rosseau.
  • In April 2015, I chauffeured a Canadian icon from Shades of Hope Wildlife Refuge to Aspen Valley Wildlife Centre, for specialized treatment. This beaver was found on a road, emaciated and disoriented.
  • At the sanctuary's 2013 Labour Day and 2014 May long weekend open houses, Em and I ran games and scavenger hunts for kids:

Students brainstorming reading comprehension questions
for a media article.

These resources are now available at:
  • In 2013 and 2014, I assisted with community outreach by authoring articles about the sanctuary for the Parry Sound North Star newspaper. 

                 Here are the articles I authored:

  • In September 2013, the family of one of my students rescued and provided emergency care to a cold and dehydrated baby squirrel they found on their driveway. I picked the squirrel up at my student's house on a Friday afternoon, cared for him overnight, and then drove him to Aspen Valley the next morning.


Students brainstorming ideas for a teacher resource.

These resources are now available at:
  • In June 2013, my daughter and I "adopted" several of the rescued mammals from Springwater Provincial Park that moved to Aspen Valley:


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