Go Wild Community Grants is designed to connect Canadians with nature where they live, and build on that connection to create enduring change locally so that nature across Canada can thrive, now and into the future. WWF-Canada and TELUS are proud to support groups and individuals working to restore habitat, monitor species at risk, protect biodiversity and generate solutions to the conservation challenges facing their communities and, ultimately, the planet.
The Fall 2017 round of Go Wild Community Grants is now closed. Winning projects will be announced in January 2018. Please stay tuned in the spring for your next opportunity to Go Wild with WWF-Canada and TELUS.
From coast to coast, Go Wild has helped thousands of Canadians to connect with nature and take action to protect Canada’s incredible natural riches, diverse wildlife and varied ecosystems.
GO WILD PROJECTS, SUMMER 2017
Medicine Hat, Alta., Society of Grasslands Naturalists – Who’s your neighbour?
Society of Grassland Naturalists will encourage people to get outside and meet their neighbours – human and wild. Connect with nature though picnics, public gatherings and exploratory walks to identify native plants, animals and invasive species.
Tofield, Alta., Beaverhill Bird Observatory – Youth enhancing owl habitat
The Beaverhill Bird Observatory will double the number of owl nesting boxes in a recognized Important Bird Area (IBA). The project will also restore breeding habitat while teaching students about bird conservation and owl nesting ecology.
Sidney, B.C., Rainforest Conservation Foundation – Salish Sea Stewards
A multi-day journey onboard a 68-foot mobile classroom will connect First Nations and at-risk youth with the unique wildlife and ecosystems of the Salish Sea – from rainforest and intertidal zones to salmon streams and critical killer whale habitat. With guidance from traditional ecological knowledge holders and conservation scientists, youth will explore conservation issues and how they can steward their local environment.
Victoria, B.C., Green Teams of Canada – Hands on education and restoration for youth in Greater Victoria
Green Teams of Canada will provide opportunities for Victoria area residents to learn about environmental issues and get their hands dirty in a group setting and by restoring habitat. In addition to caring for green spaces, the project aims to improve mental well-being and increase self-esteem by connecting people to nature and each other.
Saint John, N.B., ACAP Saint John Inc. - Revitalizing urban spaces
ACAP will create pockets of “wild” experiences in New Brunswick’s most urban areas that not only connect people to nature but offer sustainable solutions, such as transforming vacant lots into wildflower gardens, tree stands and urban wetlands. With input from the community members and neighbourhood organizations, ACAP is helping to collaboratively envision a more sustainable world.
Hamilton, Ont., Hamilton Naturalists’ Club – Building Hamilton’s pollinator corridor
Community members from Hamilton’s North End will create pollinator habitat on a 1 km stretch of public land, helping to grow the city’s pollinator corridor. Participants will learn more about threats to pollinators, receive a pollinator kit to begin growing pollinator-friendly plants and tour local pollinator habitats with experts.
Midland, Ont., Severn Sound Environmental Association (SSEA)– Community Environmental Monitoring Kit
Through the creation of a Community Environmental Monitoring Kit (CEM Kit), SSEA will empower Severn Sound community groups to take an active role in monitoring and protecting their local watershed. The kit will include loggers and handheld meters to measure temperature, pH and conductivity – providing valuable, high quality freshwater health data.
Niagara Falls, Ont., Heartland Forest Nature Experience – Wet meadow pollination project
As forests make way for urban growth, natural areas in the Niagara region are critical to meeting the habitat needs of local wildlife. By restoring a 25-acre wet meadow and successional field, the project aims to increase populations of wild pollinators and targeted species at risk.
Toronto, Ont., Park People – Growing a piece of park in your backyard
Park People will work with communities and park groups to improve habitat connectivity between parks and private green spaces by encouraging residents to grow native plants in their backyards.
Charlottetown, PE, Island Nature Trust – Monitoring ruby-throated hummingbirds
Across Prince Edward Island, citizen scientists will gather data on the province’s hummingbird population, migration patterns and breeding events. Volunteers will be trained in monitoring techniques and attract hummingbirds to their property for observation with backyard feeders and native plants.
Lavel, Que., Twin Oaks School – Bee nice to worms
The Bee Nice to Worms project will teach students about the interconnectivity of nature by showing how the healthy soil created by worms supports other insects and, in turn, people. To encourage hands-on learning, Twin Oaks School will have a bee hive, wildflower and vegetable garden as well as miniature worm bins in classrooms.
Quebec City, Que., Groupe d'éducation et d'écosurveillance de l'eaup - Youth in action to protect wetlands at the Beauport Outdoors Center
This project will educate visitors to the Beauport Outdoors Center about the conservation of wetlands, including fen, peat bog, swamp, and shallow water.