Go Wild Community Grants are 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 Summer 2018 round of Go Wild Community Grants is now closed. Successful applicants only will be contacted in June. Please stay tuned for your next opportunity to Go Wild with WWF-Canada.
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, SPRING 2018
Calgary, Alta., Miistakis Institute for the Rockies Inc. - Pronghorn Xing: putting science into action to facilitate wildlife movements in Alberta and Saskatchewan
To help wildlife such as pronghorn cross highways safely, community members in Alberta and Saskatchewan will document intersections between animal crossings and human highways. These citizen observations will be used to develop mitigation strategies to reduce collisions and improve human and wildlife safety.
Bella Bella, B.C., Qqs (Eyes) Projects Society - Indigenous food sovereignty and community resilience
Flourishing gardens will not only improve food security, but empower people to take their health and the health of their territory into their own hands. The project is a key part of cultural revitalization efforts, instilling Heiltsuk values in the next generation of environmental stewards whose links to their territory will guide its protection into the future.
Kelowna, B.C., University of British Columbia, Border Free Bees - The Kelowna bee ambassador program
Building on the momentum of their Go Wild funded nectar trail, the Border Free Bees project will extend beyond the limits of the defined trail to knit together a wider community of Bee Ambassadors, each planting patches of native plant habitat – and persuading others to do the same. Together, they will create new corridors for bees and other pollinators in Kelowna.
Winnipeg, Man., Nature Manitoba - Manitoba Important Bird Areas Oak Lake and Plum Lakes community outreach program
The threatened Loggerhead Shrike, Sprague’s Pipit and Baird’s Sparrow, as well as migrating Tundra Swans and Sandhill Cranes and breeding Franklin’s Gulls are a few of the birds that call Manitoba’s grasslands and wetlands home. Working with both indigenous and non-indigenous communities, Nature Manitoba will establish an engaged network of volunteers caring for the area and taking part in citizen science bird monitoring at the Oak Lake and Plum Lakes Important Bird Areas.
Winnipeg, Man., The Fort Whyte Foundation Inc. - The solar power pollinator project
The land beneath a 60-kilowatt solar array at FortWhyte Alive will be restored to native tallgrass prairie plants and grasses, helping to create important habitat for bees and other pollinators. It will also contribute to the production of honey at a beehive operation and social enterprise employment program at FortWhyte Farms.
Annapolis Royal, NS., Clean Annapolis River Project - Annapolis River Changemakers
Wood turtle surveys and nest protection, rain garden construction, coastal cleanups, water quality monitoring and a celebratory event on World Fish Migration Day are some of the opportunities the Annapolis River Changemakers are creating to connect people to nature and address the environmental threats in their community.
St. John’s, Nfld., Northeast Avalon ACAP - Bringing the Community to Lundrigan’s Marsh
The Lundrigan’s Marsh wetland, while vital bird habitat, is underappreciated and underused. This project will engage the community and local businesses to show the marsh some love, including cleaning the shoreline and planting native species. Not only will volunteers help beautify the natural space, they’ll create new habitat for pollinators in a protected area that’s surrounded by development.
Cambridge, Ont., rare Charitable Research Reserve - Native plant propagation program (NP3)
Through hands-on experience, people will learn about the importance of biodiversity, ethical native plant propagation and invasive species removal. The seeds collected will be germinated in trays and planted in local restoration areas.
Hamilton, Ont., Green Venture - Century street rain-gers
The Rain-gers project will transform an urban lot into a natural space with a demonstration native plant garden for the community to enjoy and learn more about small-scale strategies to manage local flooding.
Toronto, Ont., Green Thumbs Growing Kids - Native trees for wild pollinators
Children and youth living in high-density urban neighbourhoods will plant and care for pollinator-supporting native trees, learning their Ojibwemowin names, their place in the ecosystem and how the trees were traditionally used in the Anishnaabe traditions.
Toronto, Ont., Ontario Nature - Our special spaces 2018
In the spring, Ontario Nature’s Youth Council will hold community pollinator planting events in Scarborough, Peterborough and Newmarket to engage community members of all ages in creating important bee and butterfly habitat.
Kingston, Ont., Friends of Kingston Inner Harbour – Turtle alert: citizen actions to protect turtles and learn about indigenous culture
Friends of Kingston Inner Harbour will raise awareness about the fragility of at-risk turtle species that breed and lay eggs in the harbour, including introducing urban park visitors to the important role of turtles in indigenous culture at events.
Ottawa, Ont., Ecology Ottawa - Trees for the future
Emerald Ash Borer is putting 25 per cent of Ottawa’s tree canopy at risk. To help restore it, Ecology Ottawa will distribute 10,000 local native tree saplings to landowners and work with them to ensure the trees thrive, and while doing so, raise awareness about the value of urban green spaces and the community’s role in restoring habitat.
Stratford, PE., Stratford Area Watershed Improvement Group - What's all the buzz? Bringing back the bees
The Stratford Area Watershed Improvement Group is creating a 'pocket' pollinator garden in the Town of Stratford, a rapidly developing urban area that is losing much of its natural habitat. The garden will provide native bees with a stable food supply throughout their annual feeding cycle.
Châteauguay, Que., Héritage Saint-Bernard – Helping barn swallows
Héritage Saint-Bernard will work with children and the community to help stop the decline of Quebec’s threatened swallow population by constructing, installing and monitoring nesting structures, and creating a work of art as part of Earth Day 2018 celebrations.