WWF-Canada is pleased to announce the winning ideas for Go Wild, a new program designed for Canadians to inspire and lead projects in their communities to help protect and restore nature. WWF is encouraging people to connect with nature through daily activities and by nurturing nature closer to home.
Nature is a key part of the Canadian identity, but it is too often thought of in the context of a weekend trip to a national or provincial park. Nature is all around us. It’s in our backyards and nearby rivers and streams. We can all play a role in protecting and restoring nature in our own communities.
WWF’s Go Wild program invited Canadians to tell us their idea for helping nature locally. And the response was inspiring.
From among the over 100 incredibly creative applications, we chose six from across the country.
- North Sydney, NS: Clifford Street Youth Centre’s Earth Superhero Squad Project to engage youth in connecting their community to environmental issues and solutions to protect nature.
- Laval, QC: Fleurs sauvages du Quebec et Eco-Nature’s Bioblitz Project to track and monitor native species.
- Ingersoll, ON: Ingersoll Public Library’s Guerilla Gardening Project to increase pollinator plants in the community.
- Medicine Hat, AB: Society of Grasslands Naturalists’ Naturalizing Neighbourhoods Project to increase native species in backyards.
- Edmonton, AB: Edmonton and Area Land Trust’s Geocaching Project uses an innovative and fun approach to engaging people in ways they can protect and restore nature.
- Tofino, BC: Strawberry Isle Marine Research Society’s Citizen Science Project to monitor sea stars.
Go Wild is WWF-Canada’s newest campaign that challenges Canadians to get their communities more involved in helping nature thrive. The top six ideas were selected from across the country and will each receive up to $1,000. They will each be implemented over the summer.
Winning ideas were selected by WWF-Canada and a panel of external, four nature-loving judges: Ziya Tong, host and producer of Canada’s only daily science program; Daily Planet, Les Stroud, creator and star of the original survival TV show, Survivorman; Matthew Blackett, founder and publisher of Canada’s urban magazine, Spacing; and Arthur L’Aventurier, explorer and youth entertainer.
Congratulations to all of the winners!
For more information on Go Wild, please visit: wwf.ca/gowild