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Find your Go Wild inspiration

Presenting the Go Wild Winter 2017 Winners

Kelowna, B.C., Border Free Bees – Kelowna Nectar Trail
Community members will develop a 7.4 kilometre route of pollinator-friendly gardens from Summerhill Organic Winery to the Okanagan UNH20 Xeriscape Demonstration Garden at the H20 recreation Centre.

Vancouver, B.C., Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre – Whale Trail BC
Five informational panels across the south coast of British Columbia will engage the public in spotting cetaceans and teach them how to become better marine stewards. Residents can contribute directly to citizen science by reporting their sighting via Vancouver Aquarium's WhaleReport app.

Vancouver, B.C., VanDusen Botanical Garden Association – Connecting Disadvantaged Urban Youth with Nature
An immersive, hands-on learning experience at VanDusen's 55-acre outdoor classroom will bring curriculum-linked programs about ecology to life in a way children can see, smell, hear and feel.

Saint John, N.B., ACAP Saint John Inc. – Nurturing Ecologies: Growing Trees Alongside Neighbourhoods in Urban New Brunswick
Urban tree nurseries and environmental education centres will help educate youth about the benefits of trees to their health and rejuvenate marginalized communities. Native trees grown through this project will be used in other ecological restoration projects across southern N.B.

Hamilton, Ont., Hamilton Conservation Foundation – Christie Lake Fish Habitat Restoration Project
Riparian wetland and fish habitat will be restored by planting native vegetation around the natural stream, helping to increase the number of fish species, improve water quality, open access to upstream waters, reduce water temperatures and enhance spawning and nursery habitat.

Huron-Kinloss, Ont., Pine River Watershed Initiative Network (PRWIN) – 4H Tree Planting Day
To improve the quality of water in local creeks, rivers and lakes, PRWIN is hosting a tree-planting day for the children that will bring the community together to learn and protect the natural environment.
 
Grey County, Ont., Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy – Preserving Biodiversity Series (PBS)
To celebrate 20 years of conservation, the Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy will host a preserving biodiversity series to promote nature stewardship. Workshops will teach community members how to monitor species at risk populations, restore and create wildlife habitat and identify invasive species.

Toronto, Ont., The Storefront Arts Initiative – DIVINE
How can society survive without water? DIVINE, a new Canadian play, takes the audience on a journey to a post-apocalyptic Ontario where battles are waged over the last dregs of undergound water in an effort to raise awareness for freshwater conservation.

Arborfield, Sask., Carrot River Valley Watershed Association – Engaging Youth in Community Source Water Protection
Youth will learn about how to protect water resources and watersheds, including how to identify water issues in their rural community and develop solutions to mitigate those risks.

Yorkton, Sask., Assiniboine Watershed Stewardship Association Inc. – Help for our Feathered Friends, Yorkton Project
The Assiniboine Watershed Stewardship Association will partner with two local Scouts groups to construct and install seven hen houses that will provide important nesting habitat for female Mallard ducks.

Baie du Trou-à-Barbotte, Que., Bassin Versant Saint-Maurice – Bats in Danger!
Primary school students will help local bat populations affected by white-nosed syndrome by building and installing bat houses and learning about bat conservation.

Montreal, Que., Myriam Verzat – Connecting with Nature
A series of workshops invite residents to leave their homes and meet their neighbors through the exploration of local biodiversity. Each workshop will spark discussion and provide inspiration for artistic collaboration.
 

Go Wild Summer 2016 Winners

Medicine Hat, Alta., Society of Grasslands Naturalists-Interpretive Program – Go Wild Treasure Hunt
Geocaches will connect the public, community groups and schools with species, plants and wild spaces in the Prairies to raise awareness for their protection and restoration.

Grimsby, Ont., Grimsby Public Library/Grimsby Public Art Gallery - Back to Nature
A family-friendly program will help community members preserve and enjoy nature around them with discussions of green roofs, pollinator gardens, nature-based photography and more.

Toronto, Ont., EcoSpark – Community Spotlight on Water & Celebrating City of Toronto ravines!
A special celebration of Toronto’s ravines and watersheds, including a hands-on day of getting your feet wet while learning how to prevent stormwater pollution.

Toronto, Ont., Montcrest School/The Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario – Sing a Song!
Students will design birdhouses to restore habitat for species of songbirds in the Riverdale Park-Don Valley area.

Toronto, Ont., Fred Victor – Roots & Shoots
Committed to ending chronic homelessness, this project will help individuals rebuild skills and confidence, establish new friendships and improve their diets through gardening and time spent in nature.

Port Rowan, Ont., Long Point Basin Land Trust – Nurturing Nature in the Neighbourhood
This project will protect and restore local biodiversity by engaging the community in activities like seed collection and backyard restoration to bring native plants back to their neighbourhood.
 
Niagara Falls, Ont., Heartland Forest Nature Experience – Habitat Creation & Dragonfly Migration
This citizen science project will enable community members to help monitor the spring and fall movements of dragonflies and damselflies.

North Sydney, N.S., Clifford Street Youth Centre Society – Hugs for Nature-Making Little Footprints Count
Youth will take positive action for the environment through activities like cleanups and protecting ecosystems. At the end of the project, participants will create photographic essays showcasing what they’ve learned, which will be transformed into colouring books and shared with the community.

Gabarus, N.S., The Gull Cove Trail Society – The Gull Cove Trail Restoration
Five kilometres of coastline trail through a protected wilderness area will be restored. Afterward, guided walks by local experts will showcase the abundance of rare plants, seabirds and other wildlife to educate visitors about the natural heritage of this area.

Crapaud, P.E.I., South Shore Watershed Association – Recreational Fisheries Enhancement Project
Enhancing a river wildlife habitat by constructing floating fish covers, creating a pollinator garden for monarch butterflies and planting native trees and shrubs. Once completed, this area will serve as a community meeting place and field trip destination for the local elementary school.

Lumsden, Nfld., Lumsden Academy/Town of Lumsden – Standing Dead Wood Bird Habitat Restoration
In an area where historical bird habitat was devastated by forest fire, nest boxes for cavity nesting birds will be built and installed to provide alternative habitat to discourage them from boring into the telephone and hydro-electric poles.

Tillsonburg, Ont., Stewardship Oxford – Butterfly Habitat Rehabilitation Project
Within the Carolinian Zone, which is home to one-third of Canada’s species at risk, this project will establish five monarch-friendly habitats in public areas, schools and backyards.

Kagawong, Ont., 4elements Living Arts – Elemental Festival
A three-day celebration of the Kagawong River during the annual salmon run will connect hundreds of local residents with nature through guided walks, panel discussions, workshops and art.

Chilliwack, B.C., The Water Wealth Project – Caring for our Home Waters
As dry weather becomes more common throughout the summer and fall months, WaterWealth will conduct streamkeeping activities, including monitoring and mapping of water levels, to help identify the best ways to support fish stocks and other aquatic life.

Caledon, Ont., Caledon Public Library – Bird’s Eye View
Binoculars, local conservation area passes and bird books will be made available to kids and adults so they can get a closer look at birds and other wildlife in their community. Bird puppets and toys will also be incorporated into reading programs to nurture curiosity for wildlife.

Hamilton, Ont., Mohawk College – Rooftop Pollinator Garden
A dedicated pollinator-friendly, rooftop garden will support a healthy bee population, encourage community food production and create teaching and learning opportunities for students.

Parry Sound, Ont., Bob Rumball Camp of the Deaf – Butterflies at Camp Workbee!
Deaf and hard of hearing children will learn about the importance of pollinators and contribute to making their camp a special haven for these creatures by planting flowers and milkweed along marshy areas and gardens.

Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Destination North Discovery Group – Northern Community Pollinator Project
An interactive pollinator garden and guided tours will help make Sault Ste. Marie a pollinator haven while encouraging patrons to create their own patches at home.

Stratford, P.E.I., Stratford Area Watershed Improvement Group– Building Better Backyards for Bees and Butterflies
An educational campaign will have residents construct habitat for bees and butterflies in their backyards and other natural spaces. Participants will receive seed packages with plant species known for attracting pollinators.

Montreal, Que., Biquette à Montréal – Laboratoire sur l’agriculture urbaine
An urban pasture in downtown Montreal will be created with a small flock of lambs on loan from a local farm as an alternative and environmentally friendly way to help maintain the green areas of the city. Public workshops and activities on urban agriculture and eco-grazing will help bring people closer to nature in the city.

Quebec, Que., Groupe d’éducation et d’écosurveillance de l’eau - Taking Action for the Health of Rivers
This project will link Quebec youth with the scientific community to learn about river health by contributing to a water health database that will be used to identify problems and water solutions, and thereby help protect local waterways.

Spring 2016 Go Wild grant recipients

Richmond, B.C., McNair Secondary — Eco-Marlins Rookery Project
The restoration of nesting habitats through community backyard habitat workshops and the installation of 150 bird and bat homes.

Petty Harbour, Nfld., Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium — Marine Discovery Lab and Coast-to-Coast Classroom Program
A coast-to-coast marine touch-tank discovery lab will connect and teach students in British Columbia and Newfoundland classrooms about marine life and sustainability solutions.

Annapolis Royal, N.S., Clean Annapolis River Project — Youth Leading Environmental Change
Hands-on education of rural youth on how to monitor species at risk and the restoration of degraded aquatic habitats. Youth will lead the project as environmental ambassadors.

Dartmouth, N.S., Christine Ward-Page, Maynard Lake — Give it a chance!
SPainting storm drains and installing educational signs will help Maynard Lake, the dumping grounds for paint cans and garbage, to thrive. The impact will be celebrated with a nature event and supported through weekly lake monitoring.

Capreol, Ont., Wahnapitae First Nation — Build-A-Bat-House program
With the decline in bat populations on the reserve, community awareness and action will be created for three endangered bat species through build-a-bat-house day and education to help in community reporting for a longitudinal study.

Peterborough, Ont., Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre — Returning baby turtles to the wild program
Treating over 800 turtles each year, Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre will celebrate and educate the public while inviting everyone to join as they release the turtles at two locations.
 
Toronto, Shoresh Jewish Environmental Program — Bela Farm Bee Sanctuary
Across 20 acres, this Toronto bee sanctuary will help to restore Ontario’s native pollinator populations with the public planting of over two million native plants over a three-year period.

Sainte-Flavie, Que., Parc de la rivière Mitis — Awareness and nature restoration program
The project will carry out an inventory of River Mitis Park and Mitis Bay species with the help of the community.

Ville-Marie, Que., Organisme de bassin versant du Témiscamingue — Adopt a River activity
After adopting a local river, youth will get outside and hands-on by studying the fish community. These activities will allow kids to reconnect to nature and foster even more desire to protect it.

Regina, Sask., Wascana Centre Authority — Wascana Centre’s Pollinator Paradise
Creation of native prairie pollinator garden and educational materials, welcoming public and school nature walks.

Lillooet, B.C., St'át'imc Government Services – Citizen Science Collects Backcountry Recreation Use Data
Citizen scientists will map out human recreational spots to improve planning to help reduce conflicts with threatened grizzly bears.

Go Wild pilot recipients

In North Sydney, NS, the Clifford Street Youth Centre developed an Earth Superhero Squad that engaged youth in connecting their community to environmental issues and solutions to protect nature.

In Laval, QC, the organization Fleurs sauvages du Quebec et Eco-Nature hosted a community-wide Bioblitz (a concentrated period of biological surveying to record all species in an area) and tracked and monitored native species.

In Ingersoll, ON, the Ingersoll Public Library encouraged pollinator plants in the community through a guerilla gardening initiative.

Dartmouth, N.S., Christine Ward-Page, Maynard Lake — Give it a chance!
SPainting storm drains and installing educational signs will help Maynard Lake, the dumping grounds for paint cans and garbage, to thrive. The impact will be celebrated with a nature event and supported through weekly lake monitoring.

Capreol, Ont., Wahnapitae First Nation — Build-A-Bat-House program
With the decline in bat populations on the reserve, community awareness and action will be created for three endangered bat species through build-a-bat-house day and education to help in community reporting for a longitudinal study.

Peterborough, Ont., Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre — Returning baby turtles to the wild program
Treating over 800 turtles each year, Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre will celebrate and educate the public while inviting everyone to join as they release the turtles at two locations.