The Exploration Place received an $80,000 grant from the foundation, launched in March to support education and skills development in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); and support Indigenous communities, improve green spaces and enhance biodiversity in communities where the Drax Group operates. The Drax Group has offices in Prince George and operates pellet plants and other facilities in Burns Lake, Smithers, Houston, Prince Rupert, Williams Lake and other B.C. locations.
“Thanks to the generosity of this grant, we are now able to run free school initiatives for classrooms in Northern BC,” said Robyn Curtis of The Exploration Place. “Without this funding from the Drax Foundation, it would not be possible to expand the reach and access of our programming.”
In Canada, The Exploration Place was one of three organizations to receive a total of $150,000 in grants. Connected North - a nonprofit which offers virtual learning experiences for Indigenous students in remote communities - and Scientists in School – which offers virtual STEM workshops for students, including those in B.C. – also received funding.
“These organizations have spearheaded important initiatives in their respective fields that have lasting impacts in their local communities,” said Sandy Sung, community manager for Drax. “Additionally, they each represent the diversity of our local communities which aligns with our values of being a people, climate, and nature positive company.”