Schools and campuses play an important role in connecting youth with nature and empowering them to make a difference for wildlife through educational, hands-on projects that restore habitat, fight plastic pollution, monitor species at risk, protect biodiversity and create sustainable solutions to environmental challenges at school and in their wider community.
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More than $90,000 awarded to schools at the elementary, secondary and to students at the post-secondary level.
140 school and campus projects have been implemented across Canada to stop plastic pollution, study wildlife and restore habitat for monarch butterflies, bees, bats, birds and more.
Red Deer, Alta., Westpark Middle School – A home for wildlife
Students will give bats, an underappreciated at-risk species, new homes around the school while learning about their habitat, food sources and threats they face.
Stony Plain, Alta., Ecole Meridian Heights – Bees, bats and butterflies
A native plant sanctuary for butterflies, bees and bats will be built on school grounds.
Agassiz, B.C., Kent Elementary School – Butterfly garden
The school garden is an important space for students to connect with nature. By adding native plants that provide habitat to butterflies, bees and birds, this project will deepen that connection and allow students to witness wildlife they wouldn’t normally see on school grounds.
Burnaby, B.C., Westridge Elementary School – The nurturing nature garden
Grade 6 and 7 students developed the idea for the Nurturing Nature Garden that will positively impact wildlife from hummingbirds and butterflies to bees and other beneficial insects.
Castlegar, B.C., Twin Rivers Elementary School – Nesting boxes for cavity nesting birds
Interested in helping wildlife, students will build nesting boxes for swallows and other cavity nesting birds whose habitat has been lost as the result of human activity. In the spring, students will observe the nesting boxes to see if they are being used.
Chilliwack, B.C., Vedder Elementary - Ethnobotany Garden
Inspired by a visit from a local ethnobotanist from the Sto:lo Nation and lessons on native wildlife, students will share their newfound knowledge with their peers and community in a garden showcasing traditional plants alongside interpretive signs explaining their names in local Sto:lo language.
Creston, B.C., Adam Robertson Elementary School – Tree swallow boxes
After noticing nesting boxes at the Creston Wildlife Management Area needed replacing during a trip, students volunteered to construct new homes for tree swallows along the trails.
Elkford, B.C., Elkford Secondary School – Take a tree, grow a tree
Over the years, students have asked to repopulate the trees used in woodworking class. By growing trees on school grounds, students will give back to the wild while learning about renewable resource and the recovery of local forests.
Kelowna, B.C., Dr. Knox Middle School – Indigenous garden
An Indigenous garden will provide a space for teachers and elders to share historical knowledge and for students to preserve the land and gain a deeper of its importance for Indigenous peoples.
New Aiyansh, B.C., Nisga’a Elementary and Secondary School – Nisga’a environmental heroes
Wearing capes as they collect litter at Nisga'a Memorial Lava Bed Provincial Park, students will bring visibility to the issue of plastics in nature and encourage others to join them in being environmental heroes by properly disposing of waste.
North Vancouver, B.C., Ross Road Elementary School – Parting with plastics
By creating art with plastic collected from local streams and constructing their own litter-less lunch containers, students will learn first-hand about the impact of plastic pollution on nature and take action to part with plastics in their own lives.
Powell River, B.C., École Côte du Soleil - Reconciliation yard
A previously paved section of the schoolyard will be transformed into a place for reconciliation between nature, First Nations and the school community. It will host indigenous edible plants and pollinator-friendly habitat as well as exhibitions about history and ways to achieve a communal, harmonious life.
Richmond, B.C., Matthew McNair Secondary School – Rewind your courtyard
A courtyard on school grounds will be returned to nature by adding nesting boxes and perennial plants. This sanctuary of biodiversity will maximize students’ appreciation for nature and offer hands-on education for students interested in environmental science.
Vancouver, B.C., Windermere Secondary School – Earth Day Parade
Windermere Leadership students will host the school’s annual Earth Day Parade, a public event that raises awareness about environmental issues and inspires students and the wider community to take action in their own lives to help the earth.
East St. Paul, Man., Bird’s Hill School – Our welcoming pollinator garden rejuvenation
At Bird’s Hill School, the weeds are overgrown and the bees have a bad reputation. To change this, students will rejuvenate the school garden with flowers, baths and houses for bees, offering new habitat, opportunities for discovery and a newfound appreciation for this industrious pollinator.
Oak Lake, Man., Oak Lake Community School – Monarch mania: spreading our wings to learn about butterflies!
By raising caterpillars and planting milkweed on school grounds, students will make a positive impact for declining monarch butterfly populations.
Winnipeg, Man., Kildonan East Collegiate – Outdoor Indigenous learning space
Seeing the need for a more visible connection to nature and their Indigenous culture at school, the First Nations Together student group will create an outdoor learning space with a medicine garden and tipi to facilitate learning about sacred medicines, their impact on the land, sustainability and reconciliation.
Winnipeg, Man., College Pierre Elliot Trudeau – CPET outdoor classroom
An outdoor learning space with prairie grasses native to Manitoba, milkweed and seating for Indigenous ceremonies, will provide habitat to small mammals, insects and birds while connecting students to nature.
Winnipeg, Man., Greenway School – Insect and bird watering station
Natural habitat, including water, can be hard to come by for wildlife in urban areas. Greenway students will design a watering station for birds and insects with the winning idea incorporated into the school’s butterfly garden.
Winnipeg, Man., Angus McKay School – butterfly garden
A butterfly garden with milkweed and prairie plants and flowers will help support monarch migration by providing the at-risk butterfly a place to lay their eggs and sip nectar.
Cambridge Narrows, N.B., Cambridge-Narrows Community School – Huskies go green
Reducing, reusing and recycling plastics, litter-free lunches and vermicomposting will be the focus of a school-wide eco awareness campaign.
Dieppe, N.B., Lou MacNarin School - Choose your own adventure
This project will create an outdoor venue for learning and discovery through interactive exploration stations, including pollinator plants, bird and bat houses and a water table.
Dipper Harbour, N.B., Fundy Shores School – Our world in bloom with butterflies
Grade 1 students will learn about the lifecycle of butterflies and what they need to survive by watching caterpillars grow, build chrysalises and transform into butterflies
Fredericton, N.B., Devon Middle School – The greenhouse
Not wanting to say goodbye to their school garden and wetland pond in the winter, students will help build a greenhouse so they can continue to learn about environmental protection and connect with nature year-round.
Miamichi, N.B., Max Aitken Academy – Shared history, shared spaces: How nature helped shape us
To protect rare Arcadian forest and the species that live on the island from fires, students will clear brush. This work will help open up trails that were historically used by the Mi'kmaq, the Acadians and English settlers, keeping the natural history alive.
Canning, N.S., Glooscap Elementary School – The pollinator hotel: a legacy project
Students will encourage pollinators to make a home in the school garden by constructing a “hotel” where they can safely sleep, reproduce and recover.
Halifax, N.S., Fairview Junior High School – Bee green!
Students will create sustainable housing year-round for mason bees.
Margaree Harbour, N.S., Cape Breton Highlands Education Centre/Academy – Push plastic out
By keeping single-use plastics such as disposable cutlery and plates out of the cafeteria and encouraging their local grocery store to go plastic bag free, students aim to reduce waste at school and in the wider community.
Middle Musquodoit, N.S., Musquodoboit Rural High School – Project nest watch
This citizen science initiative will see students build and install nest boxes and monitor them for tree swallows and other species throughout the breeding season.
Springhill, N.S., West End Memorial Elementary – Protecting bats and bees
Nova Scotia’s bat and bee populations will get some assistance from students who will construct and distribute bat boxes and bee houses throughout the local community. Students will participate in field observations and supply data to the Department of Natural Resources bat conservation branch.
Sydney, N.S., Sydney Academy – Green Team: Environmental protection and conservation initiative
Green Team is a school club at Sydney Academy that is striving to create a positive impact on the environment and for wildlife by hosting schoolyard cleanups, adopt a corner, and engaging others with recycling and composting.
Wolfville, N.S., Gaspereau Valley Elem – Honeybee hive alive
An observation bee hive at school will enable students to see the goings-on of bees and honey production. The school garden will incorporate bee-friendly plants to help sustain the hive.
Corner Brook, Nfld., Corner Brook Intermediate – Protecting our environment: A collective effort
Without an existing recycling program for paper and bottles at school, students from the science club are stepping in to keep waste out of the nearby woods, wetlands and salmon spawning river by implementing their own. They’ll place appropriate bins in all classrooms and take responsibility for cleaning, sorting and delivering to the depot of recyclables.
Cambridge, Ont., St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Elementary School – Returning the forest
Pollinators and other wildlife will be welcomed back to a local forest as students remove invasive plants and replace them with local trees, shrubs and flowers.
Lansdowne, Ont., Thousand Island Elementary School – Planting diversity project
The school’s active Eco Team has previously added gardens and planters to school grounds and will step up their efforts by planting deciduous trees and milkweed to their nature area.
London, Ont., Sir Arthur Currie PS – Building a pollinator garden
Students will research, design and plant a pollinator garden using native species.
Mississauga, Ont., Briarwood PS – Indigenous perspectives, photographs and sustainability
This project will add native plant habitat to the school yard, and using art, storytelling and photography, students will learn about sustainability and Indigenous perspectives.
North York, Ont., Brebeuf College School – Pollinator garden
Coneflower, butterfly weed, black-eyed Susan and other native perennials will provide nectar, berries and seeds to pollinators and other wildlife.
Peterborough, Ont., Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School – Revamping the Grade 12 garden
The EcoClub will rejuvenate an outdoor seating area to include a pollinator garden that will provide food to the three honey bee hives on the school roof and connect students to nature.
Puslinch, Ont., Aberfoyle Public School – Learning garden
An outdoor learning garden and nature kits will help students explore nature and wildlife at school and at home.
Scarborough, Ont., Académie Alexandre Dumas – Eco-musketeer garden
Grade 3 and 6 students will grow medicinal herbs traditionally used by First Nations, such as sage and rosemary, as well as vegetables like radish and tomato. The garden will also serve as an outdoor space where students can read stories, watch plants and work.
St. Mary’s, Ont., St. Mary’s District Collegiate and Vocational Institute – Building our school forest
Planting a schoolyard “forest” will increase natural habitat, biodiversity and environmental learning opportunities for students.
Sutton, Ont., St. Bernadette Catholic School – Sharing our world
A population of tree frogs and toads were found by students, inspiring them create safe places for them and other creatures they see in the schoolyard. The Eco Team will build toad hibernation nests, winter bird feeders and a bug hotel.
Thornhill, Ont., St. Anthony Catholic Elementary School – Pollinator expansion project
For the past five years, students have made it their mission to protect the monarch butterfly. This project will expand the existing pollinator garden to provide more habitat to the iconic butterfly and other species.
Windsor, Ont., F. J. Brennan Catholic High School - Give every student a garden
Migrating monarch butterflies will have a place to land and feast thanks to F.J. Brennan Catholic students who will plant milkweed, butterfly buses and flowers as part of multi-year effort to help the species rebound.
Gatineau, Que., Ecole du Dôme - A hostel for insects
With guidance from experts, students will create a hostel with different compartments for a variety of invertebrate species affected by habitat loss. Students can observe the wildlife while learning about the importance of insects to biodiversity.
Montreal, Que., Philippe Labarre school – Let’s explore
This project will enable students discover monarch butterflies: They will look for this endangered species in parks surrounding their school and become “naturalist guides,” teaching their fellow students about their findings.
Repentigny Que., Franklin Hill Elementary School – Operation butterfly-bee
On a mission to make their school and neighbourhood a greener place, Franklin’s Grade 4 and 5 Green Team will plant a flower bed to attract bees and butterflies. It will also add a pop of green in a newly built area if the community that is lacking in native plant cover.
Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Que., Ecole polyvalente des Monts - A quality analysis for North River
During a two-day canoe and camping trip on the North River, students will collect water samples to learn more about the health of this habitat for green frogs and endangered species such as the brown trout.
North Battleford, Sask., Sakewew High School – All seasons garden
“The land is the language and the language is the land.” A keyhole garden on school grounds will help local bird and butterfly populations and revitalize lost Indigenous language for students.
Regina, Sask., Regina Huda School – Pollinator garden
This project will help transform the school’s grass front lawn into a garden where students can connect with nature, learn about water conservation and help enrich biodiversity by planting for pollinators.
Saskatoon, Sask., Brevoort Park – Bat houses
Not only will students in Brevoort’s zoo club will learn about bats and the challenges they face, they’ll take action by building bat houses.
Nanaimo, B.C., Vancouver Island University – Earth Day bee-friendly garden and workshop series
In its effort to become recognized Bee School, VIU will by create a food forest and edible garden on its grounds. The garden will be unveiled ahead of Earth Day with educational workshops for students.
Victoria, B.C., Camosun College Interurban Campus – Earth stewardship garden
A campus green space will become a wellness, teaching and learning garden with semi-permanent displays that educate students about the animals and plants in the wild space. The project aims to encourage more students to connect with and steward nature.
Victoria, B.C., Camosun College – Earth gardening invites pollinators workshop & project
By planting a pollinator garden, students will help nature thrive while developing job skills in permaculture, stewardship and food security. They will also engage in a workshop on how to build small mason bee homes for people to bring home.
Middleton, N.S., Nova Scotia Community College Annapolis Valley Campus – Pollinator or wild space
A former baseball field will be transformed with swamp milkweed, native plants and grasses and nesting boxes into a garden habitat for monarch butterflies, bees, birds and other wildlife.
Lindsay, Ont., Fleming College – Arboretum rooftop nursery
The aim of this project is to convert a portion of the existing green roof to a tree nursery. Trees produced in the nursery will be transplanted within the Arboretum as well as reforestation projects within the region.
Toronto, Ont., Humber College North Campus – Building biodiversity
Building Biodiversity is a one-day event for Humber College and University of Guelph-Humber students to contribute to habitat improvement efforts at the Humber Arboretum by constructing new bat boxes and bird boxes and taking part in a spring planting event.
Toronto, Ont., York University Glendon Campus – Don’t hit the window: Architectural planning and bird conservation
To reduce the number of window collisions, which result in up to 42 million bird causalities each year in Canada, this project will survey deaths and injuries of migratory birds on campus and install window markers on campus buildings. The results will be studied and reported at a mini symposium on campus.
Toronto, Ont., York University Keele & Glendon Campus – Hike n’ learn
York University’s campuses host beautiful ravine forests, ponds and a creek valley. A series of nature hikes though these ecosystems featuring professors and guest experts will teach students about important issues in nature.
Toronto, Ont., University of Toronto St. George Campus – Campus garden
This project will establish a new community garden to educate students on food activism and justice. The produce grown will be provided to the gardeners and the campus food bank.
Waterloo, Ont., University of Waterloo – SCI Day
The University of Waterloo’s Sustainable Campus Initiative will bring together professionals, students of various backgrounds, community members and subject matter experts to uncover the full depth of the environmental field – from ecological restoration and volunteering to mathematical modelling – with the goal of inspiring and connecting students with ways to make a difference.
Waterloo, Ont., University of Waterloo – Birds of prey workshop
The university’s Ecology Lab and the Mountsberg Raptor Centre will host a bird of prey workshop to bring awareness to the diversity and significance of birds of prey native to Ontario