Interested in learning more about wetlands? Let’s dive in!
Are wetlands just soggy swamps or is there more going on than meets the eye? With this webisode from Hinterland Who’s Who, kids will discover the diversity of plants and animals that rely on wetlands and learn about the five different types of wetlands in Canada – bogs, fens, marshes, swamps and shallow water.
Wetlands are an important part of the Canadian landscape, yet they are at risk due to development, drainage and pollution. Check out these resources to learn the facts about Canada’s wetlands and find out how you can support their conservation.
- Wetlands Factsheet – What are wetlands, what makes them work and why are they in trouble? This handy factsheet will get you started as you explore the watery world of wetlands.
- Extent of Canada’s Wetlands – Almost 25 per cent of the world’s wetlands are in Canada! Check out this map to see where they are found across the country.
- Wetland Metaphors – With this simple, hands-on activity you can teach kids about the natural function of wetlands using at-home objects as metaphors.
- Work for Wet Places – What can we do to support wetland conservation? From surveying wetland species to building nesting platforms for waterfowl, these hands-on projects will get kids working for wet places.
Wetlands are home to a diversity of plants and wildlife, including many species at risk. Here are a few hands-on projects you can do as a family to lend a hand to wetland wildlife.
While we all continue to follow physical distancing guidelines, it is still possible to enjoy some time outside! We have three simple activities you can do with kids to search for signs of wet places in your own neighbourhood.
- Look for something that might be a water source for wildlife. It could be big or small.
- Close your eyes – what kinds of nature smells can you smell?
- Using a muffin tin, make mud muffins and mud creations by placing wet soils in the tin and decorating them with items you find in nature.
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