Our theme for this kit is aquatic habitat. Through Habitat 2020, our young people will learn the importance of safeguarding our precious water supplies. They will also learn to become responsible caretakers of the earth's water so that they — and their children — can enjoy those resources long into the future.
Canada – A Watery Wonderland
(Underground Sponges, Watery Wildlife Havens, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, A Watery Merry-Go-Round, water... or liquid gold)
Improve Wet Spaces for Wildlife
(Wetlands are Wonderful, what makes it work?, wetlands in trouble, let's clean up our act, what are wetlands worth, a sign of the times, scrutinise a shoreline, shoreline study checklist, pile it up, planting for wildlife, enter the riparian zone, repair a riparian zone, install bird-baths, join in, make a mudhole, just ducky, plan a pool)
Clean Up Your Community
(Where does water go, "water" we doing?, out of sight out of mind, down the drain, paint something fishy)
Attack Water Pollution
Household hazards hurt wildlife, pollution problem survey, think wildlife when you clean, clean sweep for wildlife, don't dump on wildlife, take a stand for wildlife, toxic tips, down-in-the-dumps checklist)
Be Water Aware
(Think like an astronaut, what are the issues, save water for wildlife checklist, test for water quality, put it on paper for wildlife, stay informed, what ends up in water besides water, beware of intruders, zebra mussels checklist, purple loosestrife checklist, purple loosestrife patrol survey form
Habitat 2020 Heroes
Save water for wildlife checklist, be a school water sleuth
Inform Your Community
Wetland Words, Create a Watery classroom, conduct wetland tours, circulate aqua-facts, speak out for wildlife, interpretive trails, publicise the problem, rare and endangered species, oceans and seas, join the mainstream...)
We have chosen projects with safety in mind. However, because some activities take place around water, extra common-sense precautions should be followed. Brief your kids fully about planned activities. Small groups are best for safety's sake. Youngsters should wear sturdy footgear and work gloves when cleaning up shoreline debris. Insect repellent, sun-tan lotion, or hats may be necessary. A buddy system can offer an extra safeguard around water. Stay away from fires in dumps — aerosol cans can explode.
It can take a lot of work to organize a wetlands work party, and you may be anxious about students working around water. But feedback from group leaders assures us that the students' excitement and pride in their achievements make the effort
more than worthwhile.
Teacher's Project Notes
This kit provides hands-on learning experiences about wildlife and water. Even if you have time to tackle only one small project, you will be making an important contribution to wildlife conservation. We assure you that many small actions will have signi¬ficant worldwide results if enough people get involved.
Whatever you teach, feel free to blend your ideas with our easy-to-follow plans in designing the most suitable project for your class.