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Go Wild School Grants

Hundreds of thousands of students and educators are making a difference for wildlife and nature. Check out our 2020-2021 grantees and stay tuned to September 2021 for your next opportunity to Go Wild with WWF-Canada.

110 Primary, secondary and post-secondary schools are going wild with
WWF-Canada!

From coast to coast, Canada is bursting with natural riches, diverse species and varied ecosystems that sustain us and provide benefits essential for a healthy life. To show our appreciation, let’s take care of nature so it can continue taking care of us. Each fall, students and educators are invited to apply for a grant to kick-start school projects that help nature thrive. The application period for the 2020-2021 school year has closed. Meet this year’s recipients below and stay tuned this September for your next chance to go wild with WWF-Canada.

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Primary Schools

Primary schools play an important role in connecting students with nature and empowering them to make a difference for bees, butterflies, bats, fish and other wildlife in their communities through educational, hands-on projects.

Since 2015, 275 Canadian primary schools have gone wild, leading projects that help build a future where people and nature thrive. From Indigenous reconciliation gardens, creek cleanups, ‘no mow’ zones for wildlife, to native plant pollinator gardens, the imaginative projects from coast to coast demonstrate the power of students for nature.

The application period for the 2020-2021 school year is closed and recipients have been selected. Meet this year’s Go Wild primary school recipients and learn more about their projects below.

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Secondary Schools

Canadian secondary schools are going wild with WWF-Canada, creating leadership opportunities and student experiences in building a sustainable future. From re-naturalizing school grounds, establishing habitat for wildlife through nesting boxes, apiaries, bat boxes and more, secondary students are mobilizing their peers, teachers and the local school community to roll up their sleeves for wildlife.

The application period for the 2020-2021 school year is closed and recipients have been selected. Meet this year’s Go Wild secondary school grantees below.

Many of the secondary school Go Wild School Grant projects are led by students under the supervision of a dedicated teacher. Are you an educator interested in creating leadership and teamwork opportunities for students? Encourage your students to pitch Go Wild ideas. Are you a secondary student interested in helping nature while building your resume? Leading a Go Wild School Grant project could be for you. Stay tuned for our next round to apply.

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Go Wild School Grants: Colleges, universities and CEGEPs

Student-organized conservation summits, student or faculty-led workshops, wildlife monitoring stations, apiary expansions, and campus birdhouse cities – since 2017, over 35 Go Wild projects have launched on campuses across Canada. Faculty, staff and students are leading initiatives to help nature thrive locally while inspiring their peers from coast to coast to walk the talk at their college, university or CEGEP.

The 2020-2021 application period is closed and recipients have been selected. Meet this year’s grantees below and find out more about the projects they will be leading.

Are you a campus student of majority age? Part of a ratified student club or association? A member of campus faculty or staff? Each fall, you will have the opportunity to apply for funding up to $1000 to make your project idea a reality on campus with WWF-Canada.

If you are awarded a grant, you will have the opportunity to plan, build and execute your project plan, expand your networks by collaborating with different campus stakeholders and be recognized on our national website.

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Interested in going wild with WWF-Canada?

Each fall, you will have the opportunity to submit your proposal for a chance to receive a grant to kick-start your project in your school or campus community.

Project ideas must protect or restore nature, including activities directly related to creating, restoring, rehabilitating or recovering natural ecosystems and habitats in your campus or school community.

Proposals that protect or restore nature can also:

  • Practice or monitor: Introduce new hands-on or digital practices that reflect the value of nature or include the development of new practices related to the impact of climate change.
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  • Celebrate or educate: Include activities, campaigns, or events that enhance the importance of healthy natural ecosystems while also increasing student understanding of environmental issues and inspire environmental leadership and action.

Stay tuned for our next call for proposals in fall of 2021. Sign up for our Living Planet @ School and Living Planet @ Campus newsletters for updates on how you can Go Wild with WWF-Canada.

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  • More than $185,000 awarded to primary, secondary, and post-secondary students, educators and schools.
  • 369 projects implemented across 12 provinces and territories.
  • Students and educators have launched school projects to stop plastic pollution, study wildlife, and restore native habitat for monarch butterflies, bees, bats, birds and more!

GET INSPIRED: 2020-2021 GO WILD SCHOOL GRANT PROJECTS

Primary And Secondary (Grades K-12)

Edmonton, AB, Elves Special Needs Society – Elves Community Garden
This Go Wild project will ensure that spaces created for connecting with nature are set up to allow all students the opportunity to engage with and enjoy nature without barriers related to mobility, financial accessibility, or overall awareness. The garden space will be organized to include native plants of local Indigenous significance, carefully selected to be safe for handling by all students, including those with cognitive impairments.

Calgary, AB, Louis Riel School – Louis Riel School Outdoor Classroom
Native Alberta trees and plants will be planted to further support the frequent wildlife visitors to the school, which include hares, birds and bees. Students are ready to monitor the impact of the new habitat on wildlife and will be tracking changes with citizen science.

Grande Prairie, AB, Hillcrest Christian School – Garden Rehabilitation
Hillcrest Christian School’s front garden will be undergoing restoration, returning the area which is overrun with invasive plants to one that is productive and beneficial to pollinators. After a careful semester of planning, the students will host a series of planting events, encouraging the whole school to participate and appreciate this new wildlife habitat.

Squamish, BC, Valleycliffe Elementary – Wetland Habitat Restoration
This project will restore the school’s ephemeral wetland and spotlight its importance to native species and those of concern that have reappeared in the community since the wetland was first built. With bioblitz events, the school will inventory all plants and species that call the wetland home. The wetland is enjoyed by the local community who will gain even greater appreciation for this habitat with the identification tags and signs the students will develop.

Vancouver, BC, Kerrisdale Elementary School – Habitat Stewardship Project
Fortunate to have large school grounds in urban Vancouver, Kerrisdale Elementary would like to share the space with wildlife. This project will create a number of different mini native ecosystems and will raise awareness of the planted native Indigenous plants by having students create art installations.

Qualicum Beach, BC, Arrowsmith Independent School – Community Garden Walk
Across two acres of land, students will create a natural walking trail with the surrounding habitat lining the trail restored with native ferns and trees. Not only will more insects and birds be welcomed to the area, by monitoring and tracking the plants and wildlife each year, students will have access to experiential learning opportunities and understand the role they can play in creating a sustainable future.

North Vancouver, BC, Cove Cliff Elementary – Plots of Joy and Beauty
To welcome pollinators, native plants and trees will be planted, giving students hands-on experiences with gardening and observing and tracking wildlife with citizen science platforms like iSeek. While learning about the life cycles of plants and animals, the social and emotional aspects of gardening will be highlighted to support student well-being. This project will cut across curriculum, including language arts, fine arts, math and science, health and careers, and Aboriginal studies.

Burnaby, BC, University Highlands Elementary – Forest Understory Restoration
Exploration of the forest understory has become a favourite activity of students at University Highlands Elementary. But it is a sensitive ecosystem, and to steward and care for it, school students are learning about Traditional Ecological Knowledge and the Indigenous histories of the area. With that knowledge, they will be restoring the forest understory, and learning about their role in land stewardship.

Quesnel, BC, Carson Elementary School – Indigenous Plant Garden
Expanding on their successful outdoor classroom, Carson Elementary students will be building an Indigenous Garden using plants of significance to the Carrier First Nation. Plant ID tags will feature Carrier plant names and a description of traditional Carrier uses. Students will also learn how to propagate plants and how to care for them year-round.

Courtenay, BC, Courtenay Elementary School – What Happens When You Grow a Forest?
Students at Courtenay Elementary School have an important vision – to create the community’s first pioneer forest! Phase 1 of the project this year will include breaking ground on the first half acre with native plants and trees for local birds. The students have already conducted a baseline inventory of the area’s birds and plants and will be able to track the positive changes for wildlife as the forest grows.

Powell River, BC, Brooks Secondary School – Learning Living Lands
Students will be restoring an area of the schoolyard into an urban living lab ‘mini forest’ for use by local schools. The living lab will allow students to plant and care for plants and trees, monitor growth, assess habitat requirements, and learn about the importance of biodiversity. The students will also develop teaching tools for elementary students around plant identification.

Kamloops, BC, South Kamloops Secondary – Peterson Creek Restoration
South Kamloops Secondary students are getting real-life experience in the field by conducting a health assessment of a local creek and developing an ecosystem restoration and stewardship plan. With support from the Natural Resources team with the City of Kamloops, students will action their plan, with a new cohort of students carrying on the work each year.

Richmond, BC, Matthew McNair Secondary School – Bat-friendly School District
Matthew McNair Secondary is going wild once again! Their first project supported the City of Richmond in becoming certified as a Bat-Friendly community. Expanding on this work further, they are up for the challenge of making their School District a Bat-friendly one. Students have devised a plan to install bat boxes around the school neighborhood that can be monitored regularly from the courtyard. Working closely with neighbors, McNair students will install bat boxes in neighbouring yards, creating a network of habitats to support local bats of concern.

Campbell River, BC, Ripple Rock Elementary – Ripple Rock Native Plant Garden
A large area of the school’s front lawn will be converted into a native plant garden for students and the local community to enjoy. Using the school’s compost soil, each native plant species will be grown and also labelled to include details about its traditional uses. Students will create a Native Plant Dictionary, which will be produced for each classroom in the school, using photos directly from the new garden.

Falkland, BC, Falkland Elementary – Starting our forest
Learning from challenges experienced in the past that impacted the growth of plants planted, Falkland Elementary has brought all hands on deck to create a forest one step at a time. After much research, they will be starting with a small area first to build up the soil quality. Without support in previous summers, the school has created a summer maintenance plan to steward the project while school is out.

Courtenay, BC, Lake Trail Middle School – Arden Creek Restoration
Lake Trail Middle School students serve as big buddies to the local primary school and will begin educating their little buddies on the importance of riparian habitat through this creek restoration project. Over the years, the banks of the creek behind the school have moved away from their natural stage. With this project, native plants will be planted to direct foot-traffic away from the banks and stabilize them, while also providing shade and protection for the juvenile salmon and trout. Signage will be installed to educate the trail’s visitors on this important habitat, and how to steward it.

Vancouver, BC, Chief Maquinna Elementary School – Medicine Wheel Garden
Having undergone earthquake upgrading, the school grounds have been torn up and there is now a special opportunity to restore the area with native Indigenous plants and educate the students on these important ecosystem features. To build and maintain the garden, every class will pair with another, where each pair of classrooms will be responsible for different sections of the garden for the entire year. And the Musqueam First Nations community will be consulted with for inspiration, garden design, and Traditional Knowledge.

Vancouver, BC, École Laura Secord Elementary School – Pollinator Habitats
Observing pollinators passing through their schoolyard, École Laura Secord Elementary School will be building a garden to provide these butterflies and bees with sustenance and habitat. This will be an opportunity for more outdoor learning, and observation of the life cycles of plants and insects.

Coquitlam, BC, Encompass 10-12 – The Encompass Bat Habitat Project
A community science project designed to provide roosting habitat, students will have the opportunity to learn about bat habitat and biology. High school students will research local at-risk bats, how and where to build bat boxes in consultation with local experts, and how to conduct a proper monitoring program, and share that information with students in other grades.

Smithers, BC, École la Grande-ourse – The 4 Bs: Birds, Bats and Bees and Butterflies
Students at École la Grande-ourse, which is situated next to a retirement home, not only want to support pollinators — they also want to create something retirement-home residents can enjoy from their windows. The garden will be enhanced further with new habitat through nesting boxes for birds and bats.

North Vancouver, BC, Queen Mary Elementary School – Rejuvenating our Rain Garden
While performing weekly cleanups upstream from a local fish habitat and noticing the volume of litter only increasing, this kindergarten class was motivated to do more to protect these habitats. Not only will they be creating awareness about the impact of litter on these habitats, but they will also be improving the soil and filtration rocks in their rain garden, which contributes water to the fish habitat downstream. This work will help clean the water before it reaches the fish habitat.

Langley, BC, École Belmont Elementary School – Beautifying Belmont
This project would welcome Belmont Elementary’s first outdoor classroom. The space will incorporate pollinator gardens with Indigenous plants, co-created by all students at the school, and would be available for use by the whole school.

Victoria, BC, Shoreline Middle School – This is What Restoration Looks like
The restoration of a neglected forest adjacent to the school is well underway thanks to the ongoing commitment of Shoreline Middle School. Last year, the school took on one forest section to clear (it was overrun by dangerous litter and invasive species), resulting in the blooming of Fawn Lilies for the first time in years. This year, the school will take on more sections of this large forest and integrate Indigenous Lekwungen knowledge into their restoration practices.

Victoria, BC, Victoria West Elementary School – Garry Oak Restoration
Class visits to a local native Garry Oak ecosystem on the traditional unceded territory of the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations have sparked important student conversations on the impacts of colonization on this rare ecosystem, and its importance to local First Nations. Working together, the students and members of the Songhees and Esquimalt communities will create a restoration plan to introduce two new Garry Oak ecosystems at local schools.

Duncan, BC, Duncan Christian School – Chesterfield Wetland Outdoor Classroom
Community members and the school are collaborating to build an outdoor classroom at a fitness centre down the street from Duncan Christian School. WhilelLife sciences students will be tackling the biological monitoring and restoration, woodwork classes will take care of the garden frames, learning platforms, and nesting boxes. Outdoor education students will be removing invasive plants and replacing them with native ones.

Nanaimo, BC, John Barsby Community School – Native Plant Community Garden
In consultation with local Aboriginal community-based organizations, John Barsby Community School will create a community native plant garden. F, which is fundamental in moving towards reconciliation, t. The garden will be open to the entire school and local residents, and will be created with the principles needed to help ensure traditional knowledge is sustained. Plant tags will be in English and in Hulquminum, the traditional language of the territory on which the school is located.

Vancouver, BC, John Norquay Elementary School – Native Plants Garden Revitalization
To increase biodiversity and attract more pollinators to an existing food garden, John Norquay students are building a large native plant garden next to the school. They will track the number of native plants planted, how they grow over time, and the types of wildlife species the garden attracts. Students have participated in garden works with a local Indigenous educator on the edible and medicinal uses of native plants, and will incorporate those learnings into their new garden.

Victoria, BC, Hans Helgesen Elementary School – Forest Regeneration Project
This project is about connecting to nature through science, culture and language. To restore their local forest, students are working with Elders to identify existing plants, select traditional native plants appropriate for the area, and create interactive signage together to educate others on the plants’ traditional names and uses. With ongoing monitoring, students will continue to deepen their connection to nature.

Sooke, BC, Sooke Elementary School – Re-Wilding the Oldest School Site in BC
Sooke Elementary School has been able to start a native plant nursery by rescuing native plants from different local construction sites in consultation with a local horticulturalist. The nursery will be expanded into a teaching garden with more native plants, and students will be busy creating a mural and Salish Moon calendar to document seasonal changes and the garden’s evolution.

West Vancouver, BC, Eagle Harbour Montessori School – Our School Gardens
This year the school gardens will be developed with indigenous species. This will provide the students with deep and natural connections to the land and allow them to learn more about the Squamish Nation from this perspective. Elders will provide in-person or virtual visits to help support the development of the gardens and teach through stories that will deepen learning connections to the land and indigenous plants being grown.

Chilliwack, BC, F G Leary Fine Arts Elementary School – From the Ground Up
An existing, under-utilized and overgrown garden will be restored with Indigenous plant species traditionally used in the Sto’lo culture. With the help of District Language and Culture teachers, students will create educational signage that shares the Halq’meylem word. Bird feeders will be installed later in the spring.

Campbell River, BC, Pinecrest School – Balkie Island Nature Reserve Restoration
Pinecrest School students will get hands-on experience in removing invasive species and replacing them with local native plants, thereby improving biodiversity. Students will document their citizen science activities, tallying the number of invasives removed, and natives planted. To celebrate their learnings, a colouring book will be created by the students and distributed through Greenways Land Trust at community events.

North Vancouver, BC, Vancouver Waldorf School – Native Plant Communities
80 students will participate in the restoration of the school yard, replacing invasive species with native plants. Through weekly gardening classes throughout the year, the gardens will be built and cared for. The students and teachers are already planning for long-term care, which includes regular plant sales of the harvests to sustain the costs of maintaining the garden.

Vancouver, BC, Vancouver Board of Education (Tillicum Community School Annex) – Indigenous Learning Garden
The learning garden will consist first of five new planter boxes filled with edible native plants of Indigenous significance along with native bushes and trees to offer shade for students. Once in place, the school will develop a Learning Garden Program facilitated by teachers and enhanced by site visits with Elders.

Vancouver, BC, University Hill Elementary School – Going Green with Plants Important to Local Indigenous People
Enhancing the local forest bordering the school, students will consult with local First Nation communities to incorporate native plants and those of importance to Indigenous communities. Students from all grades will be involved in researching the plants, designing, and developing expertise on maintenance. Together, the students will create signage for the plants, detailing their traditional names and uses.

Salt Spring Island, BC, Salt Spring Elementary – Pollinators’ Paradise
This is a project long in the making, and students are ready to break ground on a new native plant garden. The groundwork began years earlier, with the clearing of invasive species from this 40-foot area, followed by the building of raised beds. With a Go Wild School Grant, Salt Spring Elementary will be able to fill the beds this year with native plants for pollinators. Butterfly art pieces will be installed to help designate the area for butterflies and bees.

Surrey, BC, Woodland Park Elementary School – Creating an indigenized Space
An interpretive walk will be designed to be taken through the forest, which will be lined with native plant species. The school will remove the invasive blackberry bushes in the area. Plants used historically by local Indigenous communities will be at the forefront of the interpretive walk (accompanied by flash cards), ensuring students have the opportunity to apply First Peoples perspectives and knowledge, and other ways of knowing as sources of information.

Abbotsford, BC, Dave Kandal Elementary School – The West Forest Restoration
Dave Kandal Elementary has access to a beautiful forest space that has slowly been taken over by invasive plant species. After the invasives are removed and replaced with native plants, simple trails will be installed, transforming a small section of the forest into an outdoor classroom that the whole school can use.

Vancouver, BC, Tecumseh Annex – Butterfly Garden
Converting old garden plots into native habitats for pollinators will take a lot of work, but Tecumseh Annex students are up to the challenge. Students will take care of the weeding and replace the existing soil with nutrient-rich soil appropriate for the native plants they have selected. Should COVID-19 impact planting or maintenance of the garden, neighboring families have offered to step in to support this new local habitat.

Thompson, MB, Wapanohk Community School – WCS4D
By adding an outdoor classroom to their school, staff and students will not only support wildlife, but also will have the opportunity to engage in medicine wheel teachings. Throughout the year and for years to come, students will continue to learn about the importance of medicinal plants, local Indigenous languages, and traditional songs, a priority of Wapanohk Community School.

Baldur, MB, Baldur School – Baldur Butterflies
Last year, students at Baldur School began to learn about monarch butterflies and the important ecosystem services they provide. To take action on the decline of monarchs, a butterfly garden will be installed providing food and habitat for pollinators like butterflies, including the monarchs the school is currently raising for release this summer.

Winnipeg, MB, Elmwood High School – Monarch Butterfly Garden
To engage students in being changemakers and citizen scientists, students will design and build garden boxes to plant milkweed species that are native to Manitoba. Grown in a chemical-free garden, the students hope to attract monarch butterflies that eventually migrate to Mexico. With support from experts, students will humanely capture monarchs to be gently tagged with tag codes collected as part of a larger international tracking project, while helping to restore native milkweed to an urbanized area.

Winnipeg, MB, Niji Mahkwa School – Mino Bimadiziiwin (Good Life) Project
What was once plentiful at a local Winnipeg park, Indigenous ceremonial and plant medicines for Indigenous and Metis people have been over-picked and impacted by climate change. And the children at Niji Mahkwa school want to change this. Working closely with local Cultural Advisors, Elders, and Knowledge Keepers, the students will be planting and restoring these important native plants, and tracking the impact and progress through culturally significant methods that honour where the students and these plants come from.

Winnipeg, MB, St Norbert Immersion School – Mission Monarchs
Creating a monarch way station takes a team. Teachers, students and parents will pitch in to steward the land making way for a way station. Filled with different species of native pollinator plants, including milkweed, they hope to positively impact the survival of monarch butterflies as they migrate south. Tracking the number of native plants as the garden grows, and the species that visit it, this way station will be a healthy corridor for many pollinator species.

Plaster Rock, NB, Donald Fraser Memorial School – Pollination Protectors
Students will learn about the connection between planting healthy productive gardens and the positive impacts for pollinators like butterflies and bees. After careful research about pollinators, students will grow seeds indoors that will be transplanted to the native plant garden bed in the spring. By getting students involved at this early age, they will value environmental stewardship, and carry this knowledge with them into the next chapters of their lives.

Moncton, NB, Bessborough School – Building a Pollinator Habitat in the City
Bessborough students will be building a pollinator habitat with new plants and wildflowers, welcoming birds, bees, and butterflies to the school yard. The garden will not only be enjoyed by the students and wildlife, but by the neighborhood’s retirement home. Many residents’ views will look out onto the garden, and wildflowers will be harvested and shared with the seniors’ home.

Nackawic, NB, Nackawic High School – Restoration of the NHS courtyard
Students at Nackawic HS are giving a neglected space in their courtyard a facelift for nature. With help from the local community, students will prepare and restore this site with native plants and wild strawberries donated from local businesses. The space will be educational and will also support mental wellness.

St. Andrews, NB, Vincent Massey Elementary – Outdoor Classroom
Students at Vincent Massey are dedicated to helping pollinators. While COVID-19 may create barriers to hands-on actions at school this year, students are optimistic they will be back in full swing next year. To that end, students have created a phased project, starting with the restoration of a 300m2 outdoor classroom with pollinator-friendly plants. If students switch to virtual learning during the project, teachers on site will plant on their behalf, teeing them up for a return to school to launch phase two: the school’s first Pollinators Club where students will nurture the space and create initiatives to bring bees back to the school community.

Dorchester, NB, Dorchester Consolidated School – Nurturing Native Plants
Students at Dorchester are eager to reduce waste and will be building an outdoor compost bin for their food scraps. Using the soil, they will support the planting and growing of native and Indigenous plants with help from local Elders.

New Maryland, NB, New Maryland Elementary School – Brush Pile Habitat Project
With the help of a local Conservation Officer, a brush pile will be constructed of branches, decaying logs, and rocks to provide habitat and ecological services to a wide range species along a community trail. An observation area will allow visitors to look for species at a distance using an Observation Kit they can check out from the school library, while a trail camera will capture different species visiting and utilizing the new habitat. Trail camera photos will be shared in class or virtually, supporting different learning opportunities for students.

Cambridge-Narrows, NB, Cambridge-Narrows Community School – Bee Kind to our Bees, Birds & Bats
As a community school, all outdoor school projects benefit the local community. With this in mind, the students have an idea to be enjoyed by people and wildlife. Cambridge-Narrows Community School will install bird and bat boxes, supported by their existing Go Wild native plant garden, to create a diverse ecosystem.

Paradise, NL, Octagon Pond Elementary – At peace with the pollinators
To restore a large wildflower field that was removed, a new pollinator garden will be developed and planted throughout the school year to complement science lessons on habitat loss, pollination, and insect life cycles. To enhance mindfulness for nature, all classrooms will be able to use the new space to connect with nature, welcoming back wildlife.

Middle Musquodoboit, NS, Musquodoboit Valley Education Centre – MVEC Nest Boxes
Working with the Department of Natural Resources Educational Centre, the school’s young naturalists will build nest boxes for local birds of concern to meet their habitat needs. Students will be monitoring the birds they welcome with the new nest boxes to track species activity.

Canning, NS, Glooscap Elementary School – Pocket Garden
To increase awareness and education on plants native to Nova Scotia and significant to the Mi’kmaq people, a pocket garden will be created in the school’s existing outdoor classroom, dedicated to these important plants. Students will be created signage for school and community members in English and Mi’kmaq, helping to protect wildlife and the traditions and knowledge of the Mi’kmaq.

Dartmouth, NS, Prince Andrew High School – Restoring Life through School Community
With help from the local Horticultural Society, students from Prince Andrew High School and three local junior schools will develop three native plant garden patches. These hands-on experiences will not only help to restore habitat for nature, but will also give junior high students the opportunity to visit and meet high school students in their final year before transitioning to high school themselves.

Liverpool, NS, Dr. John C. Wickwire Academy – Mi’kmaw Plants: Traditional and Ecological Knowledge
School students will construct a traditional birch bark wigwam to serve as a place for reconciliation and a home for wildlife. Working closely with the Native Council of Nova Scotia and an Acadian First Nations artist and expert in local plant species, native and Indigenous plants of importance will be carefully selected for this project, welcoming back insects, amphibians and reptiles.

Cookville, NS, Centre Scolaire de la Rive-Sud – Free Food Forest
After viewing the Our Planet documentary, students began researching how they can support wildlife more locally. These important conversations have ushered in the idea to not only create a food forest in response to food insecurity issues, but to also sustain their future food forest with a native plant garden to support pollinators. Students will start on their adventure by first planting native plants and will learn hands-on about seed saving practices.

Port Lambton, ON, Riverview Central School – Riverview’s Outdoor Learning Classroom is Going WILD!
Consulting with a local First Nation community, students will be introducing native medicinal plants to their outdoor classroom. Not only will the students be involved in planting and caring for the for the new Indigenous garden spaces, but as citizen scientists they will also be tracking the species that visit these new wild school spaces.

Hamilton, ON, Hillfield Strathallan College – Learning Landscape
“How might we improve biodiversity at HSC?” To answer this question, students collaborated with Royal Botanical Gardens and local organizations to create a final design and map to plant a prairie garden. Preparing the site and planting this spring, students will be caring for and maintaining the garden throughout the summer months, tracking and monitoring the plant and wildlife species that will call this new habitat home.

Ottawa, ON, St. Anne School – Peace Garden
St. Anne School is going to re-dedicate a large area of their schoolyard to wildlife. With some attention, TLC, and new native plants, the students will begin to regularly track the plants and wildlife that visit their school habitat.

Sudbury, ON, Pius XII Catholic Elementary School – Outdoor Learning Space
An existing outdoor courtyard space will be transformed into native and Indigenous garden beds, providing new homes for wildlife! A primary goal for this productive space will be to nurture Indigenous teaching for students with an emphasis on the value of reconciliation.

Elmira, ON, John Mahood Junior Public School – Rain Garden
Working towards decreasing the amount of grass in the schoolyard, students have started restoring the area with pollinator gardens. Expanding on the work, a rain garden will be created to direct stormwater away from concrete and multi-use areas, back into the ground. The result will be a more diverse corridor for wildlife!

Brampton, ON, Clark Boulevard Public School – Clark Caring Garden
A new garden will be installed to provide sustenance to wildlife but also to the school community. COVID-19 has created stress and food insecurity in the local community. Students will learn how to plant and cultivate native edible plants that can be used as a nutritious snack and apply these learnings with a home garden.

Whitby, ON, Sir Samuel Steele Public School – Butterfly Garden
Nature can be found in nooks and crannies of a concrete schoolyard. The installation of a butterfly garden will give primary students the opportunity to care for plants and observe pollinators in a natural environment.

Newcastle, ON, St. Francis of Assisi CES – Tranquility Trail Revitalization
Bordering a natural wetland, the school’s existing tranquility trail has become litter-filled and overgrown by invasive species. Students have been researching and planning a restoration project for the trail, with shovels to touch down this spring. Viewing platforms that have since become unstable will be rescued by construction students from the local high school.

Espanola, ON, AB Ellis Public School – Pollinator Beautification Garden
Whether students will be in class or learning from home, Ellis Public School is determined to create a garden for pollinators, designed for socially-distanced planting and maintenance. To ensure students have the learning opportunities that hands-on projects offer, all planning is taking place with students, teachers and parents virtually. Students will share their research on native plants with virtual presentations, and if needed, plants will be planted in shifts, socially-distanced.

Peterborough, ON, Queen Elizabeth Public School – Naturalization Classroom
Queen Elizabeth Public School is undertaking the rewilding of their courtyard for nature! To become a no-mow zone, each student will have the opportunity to plant a native plant and track its growth overtime. The rewilded space will help attract pollinators and other wildlife, tracked annually by the students.

Camlachie, ON, Errol Village Public School – Pollinator Garden
To support inquiry-based learning about ecosystems and the diversity of life, an outdoor classroom with a pollinator garden will be created for students, by students. Students are focusing on the garden directly benefitting species native only to Ontario, fostering awareness and interest in supporting species at risk in their peers, and the role we can play in reducing our impact.

Collingwood, ON, Collingwood Collegiate Institute – Eco garden for biodiversity
The school’s Green Team along with the Grade 11 Environmental Science class will break ground on a new eco-garden for native pollinators this spring. Ramping up to the planting events, students are getting the planning underway virtually, including the garden layout and design of informational signage on the native plants the garden will feature. This spring, a socially-distanced series of planting events will bring this new habitat to life for wildlife. The garden will act as a corridor for Monarch’s to visit during their long migration. The students will create a baseline of the plants and species at the garden and perform audits regularly to track the impact of their new habitat for wildlife.

North York, ON, Brebeuf College School – Butterfly Garden
In the shape of a butterfly, Brebeuf students will fill a new garden with drought-tolerant native plant species to provide nectar, leaves and seeds for insects, birds and butterflies.

Thornhill, ON, St Anthony Catholic Elementary School – Pollinator Power Project!
Over the past few year’s St Anthony teachers and students have been taking their role seriously in helping pollinators thrive. With three mature pollinator gardens in place, there is now an opportunity to expand them using exclusively native plants. Students will monitor and track existing native plant species as they grow and propagate. Students will also be tracking the pollinators that visit, including butterflies and bees.

London, ON, Sir Isaac Brock Public School – Learning Garden
A large vacant corner in this London schoolyard will soon welcome native pollinators. The space is being restored for nature with native plants. Students will train to become citizen scientists, installing observation stations and stools to allow them to closely identify and monitor the plants and wildlife in this new habitat.

Carleton Place, ON, St. Gregory Catholic School – Habitat Revival!
As the green areas surrounding the school become increasingly developed with subdivisions, St. Gregory Catholic School is building alternative habitat in their schoolyard for wildlife! Complemented by an existing native pollinator garden in the schoolyard, these bird and bat boxes will provide homes for local species.

Thorold, ON, Prince of Wales South Thorold Public School – Butterflies for PoW
In this school community, many students and their families have limited access to the experiences they deserve, including access to nature. Where families may be unable to support a home garden, they’ll be able to enjoy this new native plant garden in the schoolyard. The first phase of this project is to build a pollinator garden for butterflies. In later years, edible native plants and vegetables will be incorporated to provide healthy snack and food options to students and their families.

Cobourg, ON, Cobourg Collegiate Institute – East Courtyard Food Forest and Pollinator Gardens
As part of a courtyard greening project, a food forest of native and Indigenous plants will be used based on consultations with the local Alderville First Nations community to ensure that the garden has Indigenous significance and involvement. The culinary, biology, Indigenous studies, and visual arts classes will work collaborate to support and sustain the garden.

Kitchener, ON, Sheppard Public School – Celebrating Progress on our School Yard Master Plan
After depaving a large section of their schoolyard, students have been hard at work completing their master plan to create a natural area that benefits both people and wildlife. Students will be installing three rain gardens to reduce runoff issues while creating bat and bird boxes for wildlife. Signage will be incorporated to educate others on the value of these habitats and how to create your own.

Barrie, ON, Cundles Heights Public School – Reclaiming our school yard
Students will have the opportunity to learn about the importance of bats in this region of Ontario, researching their preferred habitat, benefits, food sources and threats. With these learnings, students will enhance the forested greenspace around their school to attract bats with bat boxes.

London, ON, River Heights Public School – Bring Back the Bats
Daily outdoor education is at the core of River Heights Public School. The primary students would like to engage in a long-term outdoor project to support wildlife and will be involved in building bat boxes, planting native plants, and monitoring the progress of plants and use of the boxes by local bats. This activity will help students learn that their stewardship of nature results in positive results for it.

Thornhill, ON, St. Robert Catholic High School – Go Wild Nature Kits
Most students at this Thornhill high school have opted to learn virtually this year. Recognizing COVID-19 has resulted in isolation and stress, and that nature still needs us despite a global pandemic, Briana Zhong devised a plan to tackle both issues. She will develop and distribute nature kits to her peers so they can meaningfully engage with each other even while apart. These kits will allow students to create a container garden for wildlife at home, and participate in a schedule of activities during the year such as neighborhood cleanups and WWF-Canada’s Polar Bear Walk. Students will get to connect virtually to share their actions and how their habitats progress.

Meaford, ON, Georgian Bay Community School – Landscape Naturalization
What are the benefits to creating a natural landscape? How are local species positively impacted? Students will get hands- on experience in answering these questions as they take part in a naturalization project. After a research phase, students will take part in a design challenge for a naturalized outdoor classroom and will vote for one design to bring to life for wildlife.

Pickering, ON, Dunbarton High School – Dunbarton High School Courtyard Restoration & Naturalization
This courtyard restoration is welcomed by all students, teachers as a space to connect with nature and take mental health breaks, and by wildlife who depend on native plants.

Peterborough, ON, St. John CES – Birds in the Garden
After a few visits from birds, Grade 1 / 2 students wanted to know how they could welcome more of them to the schoolyard. A native plant garden will help create healthy corridors for local birds to move through. The school’s daycare will also have access to the natural space where they can foster an appreciation for nature at an early age.

Perth, ON, St. John Catholic High School – Duck boxes
Behind the school is acres of wetland habitat in need of support. With the help of local experts, students will help improve biodiversity by building and maintaining boxes for wood ducks.

Carleton Place, ON, St. Mary Catholic Elementary – Peace and Reflection Garden
A new drought-resistant garden will support native wildlife while also offering students a space to reflect, draw, connect and learn about nature. The species that visit will be tracked and monitored, demonstrating the positive impact of creating a welcoming a space for wildlife.

Gananoque, ON, St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School – Garden Rehabilitation and Creation of an Outdoor Learning Classroom
While a construction project uprooted St Joseph’s existing butterfly garden, students are quickly creating new ways to support wildlife by designing an outdoor classroom and native plant garden—and they’re going even bigger than before! The native plant garden will be outfitted with a bee hotel and bird houses, and with seating to allow students to study and monitor the birds and pollinators.

Mississauga, ON, St. Faustina Elementary School – Pollinator Garden Project
Student representatives from each grade will be involved in the planning and execution of a new native plant garden for pollinators. Pollinators will also be encouraged to visit with insect boxes.

Markham, ON, Father Michael McGiveney Catholic Academy – Native Plant Project
With the goal of restoring the schoolyard to its natural state, students will start by replacing grass patches with native plants and perform yearly ecological assessments. Plant sales from the garden will help sustain the project year after year.

Montreal West, QC, Elizabeth Ballantyne School – Butterfly and Native Plant Species Garden
This schoolyard won’t be comprised of just concrete for much longer. A large space will be converted to a naturalized area giving students the opportunity to learn about the native plants and wildlife, including seeing firsthand the life cycle of butterflies.

Weyburn, SK, St. Michaels School – Traditional Medicine Garden
The Grade 9 Aboriginal Studies class will have the opportunity to take what they’ve learned, roll up their sleeves and plant a traditional medicine garden. Consulting with a local Elder to select plants and bless the garden, students will learn about planting techniques and why Traditional Knowledge is an important part of environmental sustainability.

Regina, SK, Regina Huda School – Pollinator Garden
Regina Huda School students will turn the existing green space in their urban neighbourhood into a living lab. Not only will native plants be incorporated to create habitat, but students will also engage in soil testing and citizen science to track the productivity of their habitat and the species that visit it.

Saskatoon, SK, Queen Elizabeth School – Native Prairie plant garden
Next to their community garden, an outdoor eco-classroom will be created to support all students and community members on native prairie plants. Working with local Traditional Knowledge Keepers and Elders in the planning, designing, and implementation of the project, students will be involved in building and maintaining the plants year-round.

Whitehorse, YK, Golden Horn Elementary School – Educational Nature Signs
Golden Horn Elementary is surrounded by rich ecosystems full of native plants and trees that are used regularly by classrooms and community members. To help them become better stewards of the land, local First Nations will help identify plant species (for which students will create signage) and demonstrate the medicinal uses of existing plants. Students will actively maintain the areas with regular litter pickups.

Vancouver, BC, École Norval-Morriseau – School Norval-Morrisseau’s native plants garden
As part of their nature class, students are growing native plants and trees with the goal of creating habitat that will attract bees, ladybugs and other insects, as well as birds like hummingbirds.

Nicolet, QC, Collège Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption – Community Garden
Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption college will create two gardens. The first is a biodiversity garden that will bring together plants to feed, house and welcome different species. The second is a herb and small vegetables garden to raise awareness about food self-sufficiency—and its harvests will be used by the school cafeteria.

Franklin, QC, École Centrale Saint-Antoine-Abbé – Butterfly and hummingbird garden
This project will create a wildflower garden aimed at attracting pollinators and educating kindergarten children and their families about the importance of connecting with and caring for nature.

Chapais, QC, École Le Filon – Edible islands to protect pollinators!
Led by Chapais Secondary School’s Green Committee, this project will establish an edible forest and participate in the protection of bees in Jamésie. To ensure its sustainability, students will carry out an awareness-raising workshop on the threats facing bees and recommended actions to improve their future.

Chicoutimi, QC, CFGA des Rives-du-Saguenay– Nature at the center of my training
This project will create a food web that allows birds to feed in a protected environment. Students will be able to connect with nature, observe birds and learn more about the species and environmental issues that affect them, in part by using QR codes installed in the yard.

Pincourt, QC, École secondaire du Chêne-Bleu– The Green Flower Project
Chêne-Bleu high school wants to create a native plant garden near the school orchard to increase opportunities (shelter, food, reproduction) for pollinators and ensure optimal pollination of crops. Students will attend educational workshops to make them aware of the issues related to the disappearance of our pollinators and they will have the opportunity to learn about native plants.

Jonquiere, QC, École Marguerite-Belley– Creating a butterfly habitat on the vacant lot of Marguerite-Belley School
Butterfly caterpillars will be bred in the classroom while an area of the school is replanted to create a favorable habitat for when they are released on school grounds.

Vars, ON, École élémentaire catholique Saint-Guillaume – Monarchs
Students will learn about the monarch’s early life cycle by observing larvae at each stage of growth. During this time, the school will build a native plant garden where the butterflies will be released.

 

Post-secondary Schools (Colleges, Universities and CEGEPs)

Vancouver, BC, Langara College, Facilities – Biodiversity Keepers
The Sustainability Student Ambassadors of Langara College have identified a 100 m2 grassy area of their Vancouver campus to rewild. The students and staff will convert this area into productive habitat with diverse native plants, welcoming pollinators and wildlife to their urban campus. Students will track species that visit, and with help from Facilities, maintain and sustain this new habitat for future students and wildlife to come.

Halifax, NS, Dalhousie University, Office of Sustainability – Soiling the Bed
Working closely with the Office of Sustainability, student Samantha Ceci and her team will restore a monoculture woodland area on campus into a mixed forest to support a diversity of pollinator species. Downhill from mature red oak trees, Samantha’s team will conduct successional planting to mimic the natural progression of vegetation in a terrestrial ecosystem over time.

Toronto, ON, Centennial College of Applied Arts and Technology – Ashton BEE Sanctuary
Urban campuses play a vital role in supporting healthy habitats, a role Centennial College takes seriously. Together, students and staff will launch a campus bee sanctuary, supported by expanding existing gardens with native plants for pollinators that will continue to welcome native bees to campus.

Guelph, ON, University of Guelph, Department of Plant Agriculture – Conservation through propagation
Using a tissue culture technique, student Dennis Zhu will propagate a native plant species in-vitro. Each propagated native plant will be housed in a self-sustaining glass habitat and distributed to a local primary school. Used as an educational tool for young students, this project and the resources developed by Dennis’ team will help advance awareness on the importance of native plants.

Toronto, ON, Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology – Pollinator garden
Seneca College continues to enhance its landscape revitalization plan by adding more green spaces to its list of areas to restore back to pollinator-friendly native habitat. This new native plant garden will be located next to existing native bee apiaries, increasing the biodiversity of plants and wildlife on campus, including a growing bee population.

Guelph, ON, University of Guelph, Sustainability Office – The University of Guelph Pollinator Garden Initiative
With this Go Wild Grant, the University of Guelph will expand its Pollinator Garden Initiative with a new native plant garden this spring. At the same time, it will create volunteer and educational opportunities for students helping build and maintain this wild space. Through bio-blitz events, interdisciplinary classes will collaborate to monitor the wildlife supported by this new habitat.

Waterloo, ON, University of Waterloo, Faculty of Environment, Ecology Lab – native plant container garden workshop
The Faculty of Environment Ecology Lab is creating unique opportunities for student and staff to roll-up their sleeves for nature while learning and working virtually. A virtual “container garden for wildlife” build-along will create more habitat for pollinators no matter where they are working or learning from this year.

Ottawa, ON, The Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology, Algonquin Students’ Association – Restoring habitat at Algonquin with wood duck/bat boxes and native gardens
Working closely with campus staff, the student Sustainability Club is reimagining an unused space as a habitat for wildlife—and is putting their ideas into action. A native plant garden will be installed for pollinators as well as nesting boxes for wood ducks and bats.

Montreal, QC, Concordia University, Office of Sustainability – Ecological Landscaping with Classroom Students
Students enrolled in the Ecology of Urban Environments class have been learning about the importance of urban native plant ecosystems. Using their new knowledge, each student designed and submitted a plan to faculty for a new native plant campus garden. One design will be selected by professors, and together the whole class will put theory into action.

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC, McGill University & John Abbott College – Macdonald Campus Native Pollinator Habitat
These two campuses, housed on the largest green space on the island of Montreal, are partnering to create ground-nesting and cavity-nesting habitat for native pollinators and educate the campus community about the wildlife found in our urban areas. With the support of a pollination biologist, students will conduct long-term monitoring and habitat maintenance to sustain this area restored for wildlife.