It is a concerning reality that young Canadian children have not always been given the opportunity and inspiration they need to discoverthe joys of nature. For the next generations to grow to be active stewards of Canada’s ecological heritage, they need information and inspiration. Captain Catalyst is on the job! Actually, his name is Steven Rosenstein, and for 35 years, he has been educating children about science. Over that time, working in various cities in B.C., Alberta, Manitoba and Quebec, Rosenstein a.k.a. Captain Catalyst has reached and inspired more than 400,000 children. He combines a background in wildlife science and creative writing and a master’s degree in science education with boundless energy and playfulness that kids of all ages find irresistible. Rosenstein developed the Science Playground for Children, an innovative program of fun presentations and hands-on science and nature workshops on everything from paleontology to ecology, opening up the natural world to young children to explore through play. Whether he’s talking about a trip to Mars or a nature walk in the park, Rosenstein is a catalyst for future change.
Youth Mentor Award
This award honours an individual or group that has made a significant contribution in creating or presenting programs that introduce youth to the importance of conservation, habitat and wildlife.