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This is FREED.

Photo of night sky during Wolf Howl with Ontario Parks naturalist. Photo Credit: Maggie Huang

What is FREED?

Field Research in Ecology and Evolution Diversified (FREED) is an organization dedicated to increasing access to field work, research experience and naturalist skills for Indigenous, Black and/or Racialized undergraduate students. We host weekend and weeklong naturalist ‘crash courses’ in green spaces throughout the summer. We work in partnership with multiple universities and local conservation groups to host a series of curated workshops during the event. Through sponsorships and fundraising, FREED covers most of the costs of its participants and workshop leaders in order to increase access to this program and facilitate authentic relationship and community building.

Planning for FREED in 2023 is currently in the works and we are looking forward to another great adventure!

The 3 pillars of FREED