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.
Please note, the Fall 2018 application period for Go Wild Community Grants is now closed. Winning projects will be announced in March 2019.
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.
Pronghorn have safer road crossings in Alberta and Saskatchewan thanks to a citizen science app that tracks highway sightings.
Northeast Avalon ACAP and volunteers are working to revitalize the Lundrigan’s Marsh wetland and shield it from the development that surrounds it.
GO WILD PROJECTS, SUMMER 2018
Sidney, B.C., Raincoast Conservation Foundation - Salish Sea Emerging Stewards
During a semester-long education program, youth will discover the coastal habitats, wildlife and conservation issues of British Columbia. Building on the momentum of the Go Wild-funded boat-based classroom in 2017, Rainforest Conservation Foundation will introduce leadership and skills training to its curriculum, empowering youth to turn their newly acquired knowledge into action for the environment.
Surrey, B.C., Green Teams of Canada - Engaging young Canadians in hands-on park restoration in Metro Vancouver
Green Teams of Canada will engage 100 youth across four Vancouver municipalities in actions that raise awareness about biodiversity and sustainability, promote environmentally responsible behaviour and make a tangible difference for nature.
Vancouver, B.C., Sea to Cedar Tides Canada Initiatives - Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis Bear Project
By placing remote wildlife cameras and non-invasive hair snagging stations in areas bears frequent, the Kwikwasut'inuxw Haxwa'mis First Nation (KHFN) and Sea to Cedar (a project of Tides Canada Initiatives) will gather important baseline information about grizzly bears, black bears and their key prey – salmon.
The Pas, Man., Rosie Mayne Nochmek Trail - Rosie Mayne Nochmek Trail Revitalization
Nochmek – Cree for ‘in the bush’ – is not simply a word for the outdoors but a place of learning. To get youth back outside, in nochmek, this project will revitalize a boreal forest trail. Interpretative panels in Cree and English will celebrate Indigenous knowledge of the land.
Sussex, N.B., Kennebecasis Watershed Restoration Committee - Habitat Management Plan for Moosehorn Creek
Heavily impacted by agriculture and industrial activity, UNESCO-designated Moosehorn Creek will be assessed and a management plan created to enhance wildlife habitat – including the installation of fish passages, vegetation and bird, duck, bee and bat boxes.
Halifax, N.S., Young Naturalists Club - Nature Guardians Program
Nature Guardians (youth in their early teens) will take part in research and conservation activities to help improve biodiversity in Shubenacadie Wildlife Park.
Lanark, Ont., Plenty Canada - Wild rice and its community benefits for wetland conservation, wildlife and plants of southeastern and central Ontario.
Five varieties of wild rice – a staple crop for Great Lakes communities – will be monitored for adaptability to climate change and benefits to the wetland wildlife and habitats that rice supports.
Peterborough, Ont., Ontario Invasive Plant Council - Grow me instead: Promoting native alternatives to commonly sold invasive plants.
In response to a growing desire among gardeners to grow plants that are good for the environment, Ontario Invasive Plant Council will distribute a series of seed packets with information about native species and where to purchase them in communities across Ontario.
Scarborough, Ont., Friends of Guild Park & Gardens - Native Plant Giveaway @ Guild Park
To educate the community about the benefits of native plants and create habitat for bees, butterflies and other pollinators, the Friends of Guild Park will host a native plant giveaway.
Toronto, Ont., Shoresh Jewish Environmental Programs – Pollinator Food Forest
With help from the community, two acres of a 20-acre bee sanctuary (previously funded by Go Wild) will be transformed with native shrubs and trees into a pollinator-friendly forest that will provide bees with food in early spring before wildflowers bloom.
Grandby, Que., Fondation SÉTHY - Installation of insect nest boxes in Haute-Yamaska
A dozen insect nesting boxes will be manufactured and installed at strategic locations to help preserve populations of common nighthawk, barn swallow, chimney swift, olive-sided flycatcher and other at-risk aerial insectivores.
Laval, Que., Canopée - Le Réseau des bois de Laval
Biodiversity in in the Équerre Woods, one of Laval’s major urban forests, will be improved by removing invasive buckthorn and replacing it with native trees and shrubs.
Prévost, Que., Comité régional pour la protection des falaises - Zoning of the Falaise mountains Prévost / Saint-Hippolyte / Piedmont sectors
Using a combination of existing data sets and field visits, this project will map wildlife habitat on the mountain to help inform zoning of recreational and protected areas.