Wanted: Wild Outside Participants, ages 15-18
Type: free extracurricular national conservation-based youth leadership program
Organization: Wild Outside / Canadian Wildlife Federation
Locations: Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo, Montreal, Moncton, Charlottetown, Halifax, St. John's
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?” If you are in highschool the answer is simple: become part of the CWF WILD Outside program, funded by the Government of Canada under the Canadian Service Corps Progam.
WILD Outside is a free extracurricular national conservation-based youth leadership program designed for any youth ages 15 to 18, no experience or prerequisites, just interest. 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 get outdoors on adventures and connect with other local participants in the planning and delivery of community-based conservation action projects in their own community.
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 and 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 (we operate year round). WILD Outside will include a wide variety of activities and projects.
Outdoor Activities could be — Canoeing/Kayaking, Hiking, Ice Skating, Snowshoeing, Cross-Country Skiing, Rock Climbing, Cycling, Fishing, Nature walks (plant ID, Bird watching), Both Urban and rural outdoor adventures and much more.
Service Project could be — Citizen Science/Bio Blitz, Shoreline cleanups, Invasive species removal, ‘Adopt a park’/’Adopt a highway’ , Trail maintenance, Build and install bird houses, bat boxes, nesting boxes and other habitats, Participate in a wildlife or wildfowl count, Tree Planting Community/pollinator gardens and much more.
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.
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 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.
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Current status: Open/apply now. Date posted: May 1 2020 ID: 56609