Earth Studies is a Canadian outdoor education company started in 2001 by Geoffrey and Jo Ellen Cushing. Our mission is to empower people to create a thriving, environmental consciousness by increasing their appreciation for and knowledge of nature and animals. Earth Studies is a school located in southwestern Québec, an hour outside of Ottawa, Ontario. We offer gap year programs, dog sledding tours and retreats all encompassing a love for animals and the outdoors.
Since settling on the shores of Indian Lake in the late 90’s, the Cushing family has cared for rescued and rehabilitated hundreds of animal species. Core to the campus are the domestic animals such as the sled dogs and horses. Unique however are the wild animals that find their way to the Cushings — some to stay as permanent residents and others who are transients to be ‘fixed up’ or ‘given a second chance’ to continue their journey through life.
On the domestic side, the Cushing family has rekindled an old sled dog racing bloodline known as the “Seppala Siberian Huskies.” This bloodline dates back to the famous serum run in 1925 and the saving of children from the deadly diphtheria epidemic. The ancestry of the equine partners here at Earth Studies are famous also in their own right and helped to carve a nation.
Environmental literacy is a comprehensive understanding of how people and societies relate to themselves alongside natural systems. It is an awareness of the earth that is held in high regard in every action every day.