It’s a new school year!

Now is the perfect time for you to incorporate a few fun celebrations and wild activities into your upcoming plans. There are so many things in Canada — and the world — to celebrate.

Pick your favourites from these options and plan something special! If you do, let us know on your favourite social media channel.

1. September 15, 2018: International Coastal Cleanup

If you’re not next to an ocean coastline, choose a lake, pond, or stream in your area, pull together a group, and go improve a habitat by picking up some waste!

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Learn more: How to Cleanup Your Shoreline

2. September – December 2018: WILD Classes

Celebrate words and wildlife together with the Canadian Wildlife Federation by participating in WILD Classes. WILD Classes is a program designed to get youth involved in conservation and literacy, and maybe even see their work published in WILD Magazine! Submissions close December 22, 2018!

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Learn more: WILD Classes

3. September 26, 2018: National Tree Day

Tree Day is a celebration of all the amazing and important benefits trees provide like clean air, soil stabilizations, shelter, food for wildlife and more!

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Learn more: Tree Day

4. October 2018: Help the Bats Fall Fundraiser


Even bats need superheroes!  Host a class Halloween party for your kids — and for bats! All proceeds will benefit the bat conservation research at the Canadian Wildlife Federation.

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Learn more: Help the Bats

5. November 2018 – January 2019: Canadian Conservation Achievement Awards


When you know someone who is contributing to conservation efforts in Canada, the Canadian Wildlife Federation invites you to nominate them for our Canadian Conservation Achievement Awards Program. In particular, check out the Wade Luzny Youth Conservation Award, Wild Educator Award and the Youth Mentor Award.

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Learn more: Canadian Conservation Achievement Awards

6. November – December 2018: Wildlife Wishes

Join with our kids who are making holiday wildlife wishes on behalf of Canada’s precious wildlife. What better way to celebrate the season than by helping Canada’s wildlife and the wild spaces they call home. Visit November 1 for updated content!

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Learn more: Wildlife Wishes

7. January – February 2019: Below Zero

Discover all the ways you can connect with nature and reap the health benefits of being outside during the winter. From outdoor activities to online quizzes, explore the world below zero!

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Learn more: Below Zero

8. February 16, 2019: World Whale Day

There is so much to learn about on this day. Start with the Canadian Marine Animal Response Alliance (CMARA)! This is a great way to learn exactly what to do if you encounter a marine animal emergency.

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Learn more: Canadian Marine Animal Response Alliance

9. February – April 2019: WILD Spaces

Youth aged nine to 12 get engaged by creating pollinator habitat and sharing that experience with other students. Through an online classroom, participants from across the country interact as they learn about pollinators, discover how to create suitable habitat, and share pictures and stories of the wild spaces they create for bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

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Learn more: WILD Spaces for Schools

10. April 7-13, 2019: National Wildlife Week

Let’s celebrate how we are all connected with wildlife! Share your connection online using #ThankYouWildlife. It can be a brief experience, a favourite animal, a life-altering moment – anything at all that you would like to celebrate with us. We’re writing a letter of thanks to Canada’s wildlife and we are all its authors!

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Learn more: National Wildlife Week

11. May 2019: Help the Bats

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Spring is a critical time for the Little Brown Bat, currently one of Canada’s most endangered species. You can help provide sanctuary for this important species by building your own bat house! Why not use this “How-to” resource to build a bat house with your class and install it on the school!

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12. June 8-14 2019: Rivers to Oceans Week

Rivers to Oceans Week reminds us that taking care of our water is a shared responsibility. Join CWF in celebrating Rivers to Oceans Week and help us turn the tide on the threats to Canada’s waterways and the life they sustain.

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Learn more: Rivers to Oceans Week

A few more wild dates to look out for:
WILD Education
Wild Family Nature Club
February 27, 2019:
International Polar Bear Day
April 17:
Bat Appreciation Day
April 22:
Earth Day
May 20:
World Bee Day
May 23:
Turtle Day

We hope you have fun looking forward to some or all of these dates this year!