Research continues to highlight the benefits of children spending significant time building a relationship with the land. In Whitehorse, Yukon, Rivers to Ridges was awarded $100,000 to open a forest school ̶ a land-based education initiative ̶ with an initial focus on preschool programming. This initiative provides children with access to inquiry-based learning opportunities in outdoor spaces. Fostering a deeper sense of empathy, awareness and community, the school will integrate First Nations knowledge and teachings through Elder involvement. Rivers to Ridges will focus on building capacity for outdoor learning opportunities for children across the Territory through educator training and mentorship. The school’s goal is to empower a diverse range of Northerners to spend more time connecting meaningfully with the land.