On behalf of Canadian salamanders and sea lions, bobcats and bees, puffins and pelicans, welcome to this Habitat 2020 kit. Whether you’re a first timer or an old hand, your participation is crucial for wildlife. Under your supervision, Habitat 2020 projects help youngsters make real contributions towards conserving our amazing natural heritage.
Our impressive legion of young Canadian “activists”, armed only with enthusiasm and dedication, is truly making a difference for wildlife. We do hope you will encourage your students to help keep the environmental ball rolling. Habitat 2020 is a powerful way to inspire the future caretakers of our planet to be environmentally responsible individuals.
- Join the Forces for Wildlife
Once gone, many species can never be recovered, no matter what we do. So, where wildlife is concerned, an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure.
- Heed Wildlife Warnings
- Help Habitats Recover
- Put Down Roots
- Watery Worlds
- Stand on Guard for Northern Wildlife
- Consult with your students to choose just the right project. Make sure it won’t be too physically demanding.
- Give students a clear idea what to expect. Some projects take months or years before benefits start to show.
- Be persistent! Your project may not turn out as planned, but it will still be a valuable lesson. Record your observations and carry on.
- Don’t be discouraged if you only have time for one small habitat project. Wildlife will still benefit!
- Whatever subject you teach, feel free to blend your own ideas with ours in designing the most suitable project for your class.
- Before planting, check with your area bylaws officer to make sure none of the plant species are classified as noxious weeds.
- Brief your students fully about planned activities. Remind parents with a note advising them to equip children with proper footwear, extra clothing, hats, insect repellent, sun-screen, or lunches.
- A buddy system works well. Older students or adult volunteers can also contribute to your safety and fun.
- Be extra careful if you’re working in a forest or near water.
- Small groups are the most effective.
- For outings, remember to bring a simple first-aid kit.