© Mohawk College Pollinator Garden Planting

Go Wild Grants

Hundreds of thousands of students and educators are making a difference for wildlife and nature. Apply for a grant by October 21, 2022, to bring your project to life.

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

From coast to 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. Apply for a grant to kick-start a project at your school.

© Sarah Patterson Primary school students learning about gardening

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, Canadian primary schools have been going wild with WWF-Canada, leading projects that help build a future where people and nature thrive. From Indigenous reconciliation gardens, ‘no mow’ zones for wildlife, to native plant pollinator gardens, the imaginative projects demonstrate the power of students for nature.

How will you go wild with WWF-Canada? Apply online by 5 p.m. ET on October 21, 2022, for your chance at a grant of up to $1,500 to kick-start your project!

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© Secondaire École Ronald-Marion children planting

Secondary Schools

Canadian secondary schools are going wild with WWF-Canada, creating leadership opportunities and student experiences in building a sustainable future. From Indigenous reconciliation gardens, ‘no mow’ zones for wildlife, to native plant pollinator gardens, the imaginative projects demonstrate the power of students for nature.

Are you a secondary student interested in leading a Go Wild project? Consult with a teacher to support you in your project proposal. If you are a teacher, consider a classroom brainstorming session to shape your Go Wild proposal, or host a student pitch competition to identify a project or two to submit to WWF-Canada for funding.

Submit your online application by 5 p.m. ET on October 21, 2022, for your chance at a grant of up to $1,500 to kick-start your project!

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Colleges, Universities & CEGEPs

From Indigenous reconciliation gardens, ‘no mow’ zones for wildlife, to native plant pollinator gardens, the imaginative projects demonstrate the power of students for nature. Since 2017, over 45 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.

Are you a campus student of majority age? A member of a ratified student club or association? A member of campus faculty or staff? You are invited to apply for funding up to $2,000 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, expand your network by collaborating with different campus stakeholders and be recognized on our national website.

Submit your application online by 5 p.m. ET on October 28, 2022, for your chance to bring your idea to life with WWF-Canada.

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How to get started

From now until October 21, 2022, we are inviting students, faculty, staff and educators to share their best ideas that will help nature thrive. Submit your proposal for a chance to receive a grant to kick-start your project in your school or campus community.

We are looking for ideas that will protect or restore nature, including activities directly related to creating, restoring, rehabilitating or recovering natural ecosystems and habitats in your campus or school community.

We will prioritize ideas that help school communities to:

  • Learn and discover your local ecosystem, its history, biodiversity, how it works and what it needs
  • Take action for nature by creating, restoring or protecting habitat with native wildflowers, plants and trees
  • Connect with your communities to create lasting impact

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 $250,000 awarded to primary, secondary, and post-secondary students, educators and schools.
  • Over 400 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: 2021-2022 PROJECTS

Here are a few inspiring examples of projects funded by Go Wild Grants.

Vanscoy, SK, Vanscoy School – Re-Wilding our School
At Vanscoy School we have a thriving outdoor education program. As part of this program every class participates in 2.5 hours of outdoor learning each week. Our planting project involves researching native plants to our area, consulting with local landscape designers, purchasing native plant and bush species, and finally “re-wilding” some of our outdoor spaces with native plants. Finally, these students will take on a leadership role in teaching other students and community members about the plants that we planted and how these plants create habitat for native insect, bird and animal species.

Gatineau, QC, Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School – Check into the Insect Hotel
As part of our play-based, nature-focused Kindergarten program, we will build an insect hotel and mud kitchen to allow children to engage, explore and discover elements related to nature, habitat and ecosystems within the natural environment. These structures will allow students to learn about insects in context and develop an understanding of their roles in the ecosystem.

Winnipeg, MB, Ecole Charleswood School – Room to Grow at ECS
There are three main goals for this project. First, to allow students to receive hands-on learning about seeds, with a focus on native plants that support pollinators, birds and bats. Second, to incorporate learning about plants that are significant to Indigenous groups in Manitoba . And finally, to share native- and pollinator-friendly plants with the Charleswood and Tuxedo communities.

Woodstock, NB, Townsview School – Butterfly Garden
Our idea is to create a butterfly garden on a visible area of our school property. This garden will include a variety of native plants and a pathway through the center so that students and community members may walk through it and even sit on a bench to enjoy the beautiful oasis. Our goal is to help New Brunswick’s butterfly and bee populations increase, as they have been steadily on the decline in recent years. We’re hoping that students can not only get some fresh air, but also learn more about native species, the effects of climate change, our own seasonal changes and insects, and hopefully be inspired to take further action to help the Earth.

St. Catharines, ON, Brock University – Brock University Seed Library
The main function of community seed libraries focuses on the protection of and public access to seeds, however we also plan to run training days and workshops so community members who may be interested in starting their first garden can learn appropriate skills and put them into practice. We hope our seed library will contribute to increasing pollinator numbers. We will focus on gaining seeds from native and endangered pollinator-friendly plants and easy-to-grow native vegetables. This initiative will encourage Brock and the surrounding community members to grow locally and support pollinator populations.

Vancouver, BC, Langara Community Garden for All
Our proposed project aims to increase inclusion by designing and building raised beds suitable for wheelchair users and people with limited mobility. Building on our previous experience establishing pollinator gardens on campus, we hope to educate and empower people with disabilities who are interested in conservation, food growing and deeper involvement in campus activities.

Find all 2021 – 2022 recipients below:

Primary and Secondary Schools (Grades K-12)

Winnipeg, MB, Westview School – Westview School Garden

Guelph, ON, Ecole Fred A. Hamilton – Pollinator Garden

Parkhill, ON, Parkhill-West Williams Public – Parkhill-West William Tree Revival

Surrey, BC, City Central Learning Centre – CCLC Medicine Wheel Garden

Cornwall, ON, Holy Trinity Secondary School – Homes for Night Creatures

Black Diamond, AB, C Ian McLaren School – Tree Planting

Lethbridge, AB, Galbraith Elementary School – Galbraith Outdoor Classroom

New Denver, BC, Lucerne Elementary Secondary School – Greening Our School

Asquith, SK, Lord Asquith School – Outdoor Learning Space

Casa Rio, SK, South Corman Park School – SCP Outdoor Classroom Initiative

West Vancouver, BC, Caulfeild Elementary (iDEC) – Dare to Grow Further – Forests and Food

Trepassey, NL, Stella Maris Academy – Pollinator Garden

St. Albert, AB, Joseph M Demko School – Mini Trout Hatchery Project

Victoria, BC, Royal Bay Secondary School – Native Plant and Pollinator Garden

Vanscoy, SK, Vanscoy School – Re-Wilding our School

Nokomis, SK, Nokomis School – Nokomis School Pollination Garden

Trenton, ON, St. Peter Catholic School – Peace Garden Revival

Elmira, ON, John Mahood Junior Public School Native Plant Rain Garden

Windsor, ON, St. Joseph’s Catholic High School – mino-bimaaduziwin (the life, Ojibwe)

Winnipeg, MB, Ecole Charleswood School – Room to Grow at ECS

Kitchener, ON, Southridge Public School – Outdoor Learning Space

Squamish, BC, From Invasive to Native – École les Aiglons

Fernie, BC, Kootenay Discovery School – Native Plants Pollinator Garden

Winnipeg, MB, King Edward Community School – King Edward Community School Traditional Medicine Garden Restoration

Campbell River, BC, Southgate Middle School – Indigenous Plant Garden

Woodstock, NB, Townsview School – Butterfly Garden

Winnipeg, MB, Chief Peguis Junior High – 7 Sacred Teachings Garden

Waterloo, ON, Northlake Woods Public School – Shadow’s Woodlot

Black Diamond, AB, C Ian McLaren School – Grade 3 Outdoor Flower Garden for Butterfly Pollinators

Victoria, BC, Shoreline Middle School – Purple Martins Poles

Fort McPherson, NWT, Chief Julius School – Classroom Garden

Gatineau, QC, Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School – Check into the Insect Hotel

Osoyoos, BC, Osoyoos Elementary School – Healthy Salmon Habitats

Vancouver, BC, Sir Wilfred Grenfell Elementary School – Native Plant Garden

Markham, ON, Father Micheal McGivney – Spread the Trees

Pickering, ON, Dunbarton High School – Dunbarton High School Native Trees Restoration

Sarnia, ON, Lansdowne Public School – Builder’s Club Birds

St. Marys, Ontario, St. Marys District Collegiate and Vocational Institute – Greening DCVI

Midland, ON, Georgian Bay District Secondary School – The GBDSS Pollinator Pathway

Burnaby, BC, University Highlands Elementary – Hydrology and Ecology Interpretative Board of the Stoney Creek  Watershed

West Vancouver, BC, Westcot Elementary – Our Gathering Tree

Boucherville, QC, École Paul VI – Projet jardin de Monarques

St-Jacques-le-Mineur, QC, École St-Jacques – Découvrir, grandir et s’épanouir en plein air

Tecumseh, ON, École Élémentaire Catholique Saint-Antoine – Jardins potager et pollinisateur

St-Pascal, QC, École Secondaire Chanoine-Beaudet – Les plates-bandes comestibles

Orléans, ON, École Secondaire Catholique Béatrice-Desloges – Jardin Scolaire – Communautaire

Post-secondary Schools (Colleges, Universities and CEGEPs)

King City, ON, Seneca College – Forest Garden at King Campus

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, Niagara College – Pollinator Garden Enhancement and Expansion for Ruby-Throated Hummingbird Habitat

St. Catharines, ON, Brock University – Brock University Seed Library

Vancouver, BC, Langara Community Garden for All

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, Niagara College – The Use of a MOTUS Tower to Monitor Species Migrating Through the Niagara Region

Richmond Hill, ON, University of Guelph – Project Connect: Indigenous and Pollinator Garden

Toronto, ON, George Brown College – The Growing Grounds Initiative

King City, ON, Seneca College –  Herpetofauna Habitat Enhancements and Education at Seneca College

London, ON, Western University – Barn Swallow Breeding Structure and Signage

Montréal, QC, HEC Montreal – Bibliothèque de semences