You are never too young to make a difference – especially when it comes to the positive impact you can have on the natural world around you, our wildlife and the natural spaces they call home across Canada.
At the Canadian Wildlife Federation, young people often ask us, “How can I get involved and what can I do to help the planet?” When you are aged 15 to 18, the answer is simple: become part of the CWF WILD Outside program, funded by the Government of Canada under the Canada Service Corps program.
If there’s one thing nature teaches us, it’s how to adapt. At the Canadian Wildlife Federation, we’re applying that lesson to our WILD Outside initiative. While COVID 19 currently prevents participants from gathering together in person, that hasn’t stopped our WILD Outside facilitators from adapting our programming to bring people together virtually across the country. We encourage interested youth age 15 to 18 to continue to register for our WILD Outside program; then join us as we connect online to learn about and plan conservation projects we can deliver once we get the green light to gather our WILD Outside participants together again. Nature has never needed young, idealistic allies more than it does right now, so be sure to register for a WILD Outside program near you! Let’s start planning for a brighter future for wildlife together.
WILD Outside is a national conservation-based youth leadership program designed for youth ages 15 to 18. By participating in this immersive program, young Canadians will experience opportunities for personal growth while developing and encouraging their own “conservation ethic.” Learning from CWF facilitators alongside their peers, youth who join the WILD Outside program will connect with other local participants in the planning and delivery of community-based conservation action projects in their own community.
If you are aged 15 to 18, regardless of whether you are in high school or no longer attending, you are eligible to participate in a WILD Outside program in your area. Youth under age 18 will require the permission of a parent or guardian to participate. Participation in the program will not interfere with your school schedule.
Eligibility: Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada
The goal of the WILD Outside program is to inspire youth participants to develop a passion for conservation, an awareness of their natural environment and a deeper appreciation for wildlife. It’s a fun, educational program where you can participate in a variety of conservation-themed activities, meet new friends and discover an appreciation for the outdoors in a safe, structured environment.
WILD Outside provides an exciting way to have an impact on conservation in your area and fulfill any volunteer hours required by your school. You can also earn incentives as you complete various stages of the program, including an official certificate awarded to you from the Canadian Wildlife Federation. Participation also counts towards other youth achievement initiatives you may pursue, such as the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
Participants in the program are encouraged to commit to 120 hours of service activity and engagement over a calendar year.
WILD Outside will include a wide variety of activities and projects:
Potential Outdoor Activities & Teambuilding
Potential Conservation Service Activities
Please provide your interest in the program by completing this online form.
A WILD Outside program facilitator will be in contact to provide you with more information.
WILD Outside programs are in multiple cities across the country. Here is a schedule:
WILD Outside is a program developed by the Canadian Wildlife Federation and funded by the Government of Canada through its Canada Service Corps initiative, which also funds the CWF-lead Canadian Conservation Corps program targeting Canadians aged 18 to 30. The Canada Service Corps is a national movement designed to build a culture of volunteer service that empowers young Canadians to make an impact. The Canada Service Corps was announced as Canada's new national youth service initiative on January 16, 2018.
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