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Go Wild School Grants

Meet this year’s Go Wild School Grant campus grantees and stay tuned to September 2021 for your next opportunity to go wild with WWF-Canada.

Go Wild School Grants

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Are you interested in going wild with WWF-Canada on your campus? Do you want to help build and lead a sustainability project that will help restore nature at your school? Since 2017, more than 35 Go Wild School Grant campus projects have connected students and the school community to nature, fostering an appreciation that lasts a lifetime.

Do you want to help nature thrive and launch a project at your school? Bring your ideas to life with a Go Wild Campus Grant of up to $1000. The application period for 2021-2022 school year runs from September 22 – November 8, 2021.

© Michael Gauthier Centennial Morningside Campus Garden

Go wild with WWF-Canada

Each fall, students, ratified clubs and associations, and campus staff and faculty are invited to apply for up to $1000 to bring a project idea to life with a WWF Go Wild School Grant. If you are awarded a grant, you will have the opportunity to plan, build and execute your project plan, expand your networks by collaborating with different campus stakeholders and be recognized on our national website.

Meet this year’s grantees

Langara College

The Sustainability Student Ambassadors of Langara College have identified a 100m2 grassy area at their Vancouver campus to rewild! The students and staff will work to convert this area into productive habitat with diverse native plants, welcoming pollinators and wildlife to this urban campus. Students will track the species the garden attracts, and with help from Facilities will continue to maintain and sustain this new habitat for future wildlife and students to come.

Dalhousie University

Working closely with the Office of Sustainability, student Samantha Ceci and her team will be restoring a monoculture woodland area on campus into a mixed forest to support a diversity of pollinator species. Downhill from mature red oak trees, Samantha’s team will conduct successional planting to mimic the natural progression of vegetation in a terrestrial ecosystem over time.

Centennial College

Urban campuses play a vital role in supporting healthy habitats, a role Centennial College takes seriously. Students and staff together will launch a campus bee sanctuary, supported by existing pollinator gardens that will continue to welcome native bees to campus.

University of Guelph

Using a tissue culture technique, student Dennis Zhu will propagate a native plant species in-vitro. Each native plant that is propagated will be housed in a self-sustaining glass habitat and distributed to local primary schools. Used as an educational tool for young students, this project along with the educational resources Dennis’ team will develop, will help advance awareness on the importance of native plants.

Seneca College

Seneca College continues to enhance their landscape revitalization plan by adding more and more green spaces to their list of areas to restore back to native habitat for pollinators. This new native plant garden will be located next to existing native bee apiaries, increasing the biodiversity of plants and wildlife on campus, including a growing bee population at Seneca College.

University of Guelph

With a Go Wild Grant, the school will expand the University of Guelph Pollinator Initiative with a new native plant garden this spring, creating volunteer and educational opportunities for students who will help build and maintain this wild green space. Using bio-blitz events, interdisciplinary classes will collaborate to monitor the wildlife supported by this new habitat.

University of Waterloo

The Faculty of Environment Ecology Lab is creating unique student and staff opportunities to roll-up their sleeves for nature while learning and working virtually. Transitioning from hands-on in-person workshops to a hands-on on-line experience, students and staff will be able to join a virtual “container garden for wildlife” build-along, creating a habitat for pollinators no matter where they are working or learning from this year.

Algonquin College

Working closely with campus staff, the student Sustainability Club is reimagining an unused space on their urban Ottawa campus and putting their ideas into action. Restoring the green space into habitat for wildlife, a native plant garden will be installed welcoming pollinators, and new habitat through nesting boxes will be created for wood ducks and local bats.

Concordia University

All semester long, students enrolled in the Ecology of Urban Environments class have been learning about the importance of urban native plant ecosystems. Using their new knowledge, each student designed and submitted a plan to faculty for a new native plant campus garden. One design was selected by professors, and together the whole class will put theory into action to increase the presence of native plants on campus using one of the student designs.

McGill University and John Abbott College

These two campuses housed on the largest green space on the island of Montreal are partnering to create ground nesting and cavity nesting habitat for native pollinators, helping to educate the campus community on how wildlife can find a home in urban areas. Classrooms of students with the support of a pollination biologist will conduct long-term monitoring and habitat maintenance to sustain this area restored for wildlife.

Congratulations to this year’s grantees. Interested in going wild with WWF-Canada? Stay tuned to fall 2021 for your chance to apply to kick-start your idea!

Proposal Guidelines

Project ideas must protect or restore nature, including activities directly related to creating, restoring, rehabilitating or recovering natural ecosystems and habitats on campus or in your local community.

Proposals that protect or restore nature can also:

Practice or monitor: Introduce new hands-on or digital practices that reflect the value of nature in the campus community or develop new practices related to the impact of climate change.

Or

Celebrate or educate: Include activities, campaigns, or events that enhance the importance of healthy natural ecosystems while increasing student understanding of environmental issues and inspiring environmental leadership and action.

Key Dates

  • September 22, 2021
    Application period opens
  • November 8, 2021
    Application period closes
  • December 6, 2021
    Recipients notified
  • January 3, 2022
    Projects begin

Bring Your Project to Life

© Tim Irvin / WWF-Canada Tim Irvin / WWF-Canada

Why get involved?

Whether you are interested in making a positive impact for the environment or your community or building skill-sets and experiences for your resume, Go Wild School Grants can help you reach these goals.

Leadership and teamwork

Canadians are looking for opportunities to take action and to make an impact. Go Wild Grantees can help provide opportunities for others to participate in their projects or events. While helping to educate others, you will also develop leadership and team management skills.

Build your resume

Gain experiences for your resume including project management, grant writing, creating proposals and budgets. You will become more skilled at strategic and critical thinking, time management, problem-solving, leadership and teamwork.

Local and national recognition

Go Wild School Grant recipients and their projects will be recognized on WWF-Canada's national website which can be linked to your online resume.

Contribute to environmental and social responsibility

Your project will help nature thrive and create a sense of community. Creating volunteer opportunities with your project could help fellow students develop professional skills or find relief from the stresses and pressures of school, contributing to improved mental health.

Living Planet Leader

Helping to lead a Go Wild project demonstrates Leadership and Teamwork. If your grant application was an exercise tied to one of your courses, or it is an idea tied to introducing a new concept to your academic program, don’t forget to track your activity in the Application of Sustainability in Academics.

Your Impact

  • 14029
    Students
  • 20
    Campuses
  • 37
    Projects

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