Brooks, Alta., Holy Family Academy – From breakfast to butterflies
Students will grow a butterfly sanctuary and herb garden where they can study the lifecycle of butterflies and the benefits of composting.
Oyen, Alta., Assumption School – Butterflies and bees
The remarkable transformation from caterpillar to butterfly will be witnessed by students, who will then release the butterflies into a pollinator-friendly garden they helped prepare by composting food waste.
Brackendale, B.C., Brackendale Elementary – Our bat boxes
Half of the 16 species of bats in B.C. are of conservation concern as habitat is lost. To help at-risk species recover, students from Kindergarten to Grade 2 will build and install bat nesting boxes near the school.
Campbell River, B.C., Pinecrest Elementary – Pinecrest wildlife trackers
Grade 3 and 4 students will take on the role of wildlife trackers, mapping sightings and behaviour of black-tailed deer, salmon, bald eagles, black bears, humpback whales, orcas, garter snakes and other local wildlife. Sharing their observations with local experts, students will learn more about wildlife movements and how biologists use data to make decisions about areas that need protection.
Delta, B.C., Jarvis Traditional Elementary – Wild about the outdoors
Creating a beautiful native plant garden and courtyard habitat for hummingbirds, mason bees and other wildlife, students from K -7 will forge deeper connections with nature while helping local species thrive.
Invermere, B.C., J.A Laird Elementary School – Stream stewards
Students will learn more about the diverse life below the surface of their local creek. Using a dip net and ID guide, students will monitor aquatic species and help develop baseline measurements.
New Westminster, B.C., Lord Tweedsmuir Elementary School – Bats, bird and bee habitat
A living wall and nearby pollinator garden will create habitat for bats, birds and bees on campus, and make nature part of the learning experience.
Royston, B.C., Royston Elementary School – Forest project
Royston students will plant a legacy forest at school, helping to create a diverse and natural play space for their peers and future students to enjoy beyond big toy structures and swing sets.
Victoria, B.C., Colquitz Middle School – Garry oak meadow
Save for a beautiful Garry oak tree and grass, the schoolyard at Colquitz Middle School is bare. Students will grow native plants and remove invasive species to help transform the area around the oak into a flourishing habitat for blue birds and native butterflies.
Winnipeg, Man., Elmwood – Pollinator garden
Students of this inner city neighbourhood school have limited green space. By researching, designing and planting a native garden, they’ll learn how nature benefits their own wellbeing and the importance of native plants for declining pollinator populations.
Cambridge-Narrows, N.B., Cambridge-Narrows Community School – Arts in Nature
Combining nature, art and technology, Cambridge Narrows will add benches along a trail on its property accompanied by student-created paintings, poems, lyrics, stories and drawings.
Sackville, N.B., Salem Elementary – Sustainability of freshwater salmon habitats
Grade 2 students will learn about the life cycle of salmon, sourced from the Fort Folly Habitat Recovery and grown on-site in their classrooms, with an emphasis on how humans are impacting local freshwater habitats fish rely on.
Brampton, Ont., Mount Pleasant Village Public School – Butterfly garden nature space
Students will transform part of their schoolyard’s lawn into a native plant garden for butterflies, insects and native wildlife to return to and flourish.
Brampton, Ont., Copeland Public School – Growing up green
Through art and literature, students will explore a new environmental issue such as energy efficiency and recycling to species at risk and pollution solutions.
Guelph, Ont., École Arbour Vista Public School – Schoolyard greening and habitat reestablishment
By growing native trees and pollinator habitat, students will help fill in habitat gaps and restore wildlife corridors for birds, ducks, a plethora of pollinators, beavers and at-risk turtles that live in the fragmented forests, meadows and wetlands surrounding their school. They will also monitor species and record the wildlife they see to better understand the difference natural habitats make.
Kingston, Ont., École Publique Rideau Public School – reducing microplastics in Lake Ontario
A public awareness campaign will be mounted by Grade 4 students to encourage their community to prevent microplastics from entering Lake Ontario, where they disrupt the health and habitats of wildlife.
Listowel, Ont., North Perth Westfield – Nature centre
Several types of native trees will be planted by students, creating a beautiful outdoor learning space that supports local biodiversity.
London, Ont., Knollwood Park Public School - Plastic
Concerned about the impact of plastics on wildlife and the environment, students will create a public service announcement, organize clean ups and share their story with local news, helping to increase awareness in their community about litter prevention.
Milton, Ont., Hawthorne Village Public School – Garden rejuvenation
Grade 7 students will redesign their school’s garden using native plants to create a healthy ecosystem. The garden will include art installations and signage about the plants for members of the community.
Newmarket, Ont., Stuart Scott Public School – Celebrate new wetlands
Students, with the guidance of the Simcoe Regional Conservation Authority, will enhance wetlands at their school by growing from seed and planting native aquatic species. To celebrate, the school’s Eco Team will invite the community to tour the newly restored area.
Ottawa, Ont., École élémentaire Lamoureux – Monarch butterfly garden
Monarch butterfly garden is a project that aims to help children discover the different stages of a caterpillar’s metamorphosis into a monarch butterfly, by planting a flower garden designed to attract monarchs.
Ottawa, Ont., École élémentaire Georges-Étienne-Cartier – Forest school
Three kindergarten classes will be taking part in a once-weekly “forest at school” day. This activity will teach students to respect and protect nature, treat garbage responsibly and use only the materials found in a forest.
Thunder Bay, Ont., École Gron Morgan Public School – Habitat for local native species
A no-mow zone/naturalized space will be created where native plants can flourish and students can connect with nature while learning about the environment.
Toronto, Ont., Arbor Glen – Arbor Glen natural growth area
Located in an urban area situated between major roads and a highway, there is limited green space for students – including those new to Canada – to experience Ontario’s nature, native bugs and birds. The school will convert part of its manicured grounds to a natural area for students and wildlife alike to thrive.
Toronto, Ont., Macklin Public School – Local tree and plants (planting and composting)
Combining studies on native trees and plants with lessons on composting, students will reduce their garbage output and provide soil amendment for trees.
Wiarton, Ont., Peninsula Shores District School – Phenomenal phenology
Classes will adopt a local species at risk, and using - nature identification apps, traditional field guides and binoculars, will learn about the nature and wildlife found around their school for a variety of citizen science projects. To encourage wildlife to visit, they will construct bird boxes.
Burnaby, B.C., Burnaby Secondary School – Go garden!
Students will cultivate a bee-friendly native garden in empty soil beds surrounding the school. Through the process students will gain environmental awareness that will follow them through life into their homes and communities.
Coquitlam, B.C., Suwa’lkh School – Earth spirit healing forest
The Earth Spirit Healing Forest is an ambitious project to naturalize six acres of forest adjacent to the school with indigenous plants that were used by local First Nations. A half kilometre trail will be used for interpretative walks with elementary school classes.
Duncan, B.C., Queen Margaret’s School – Native plant garden
Grade 10 students will undertake a restoration project on campus to learn about native plants and the wildlife that depend on them, as well as the history and language of the Cowichan First Peoples. The garden will become a learning space for classes and community members to establish a sense of place.
Squamish, B.C., Sea to Sky Alternative School – Sustainability project
Partnering with the Squamish River Watershed Society, students will install interpretive signs on walking the trails near the school to educate visitors about the wildlife living there, what to do when encountering them and the ways people can shield them from the negative impacts of human activity.
Burlington, Ont., Aldershot School – Ravine clean
Carolinian and Great Lakes wildlife are getting a helping hand from students. Expanding on restored tallgrass prairie and woodland habitats, students will cleanup a ravine and plant native species.
Richards Landing, Ont., Central Algoma Secondary School – Kensington habitat helpers
Bat boxes, bird feeders, a butterfly garden and native trees will help increase biodiversity on campus and create habitat connections between a large protected wetland on the shores of Lake Huron that connects with school property.
Sarnia, Ont., Great Lakes Secondary School – Great Lakes Secondary School naturalization project
A naturalization project will transform lawn and bare soil into a thriving landscape dominated by native plants, specifically focusing on those that will benefit pollinators. Students will discover the difference natural habitat makes for wildlife.
Unionville, Ont., Milliken Mills – Habitat restoration
Students will conduct an Earth Day macro-invertebrate study in Robison Creek, a provincially-significant creek which was adopted by the school and is home to the endangered redside dace.
Windsor, Ont., F.J. Brennan Catholic High School – Give every student a garden
Getting their hands dirty in their school’s perennial garden, students will develop a new appreciation for nature and how to care for it, as well as create awareness of endangered species in their community.
Regina, Sask., Regina Huda School – Schoolyard naturalization
Endangered monarchs will have a new home thanks to Regina students who are converting a monoculture lawn on their school grounds into a native garden with milkweed.