A project that protects the incredible species that call your community home.

What comes to mind when you think of Biodiversity? Is it the plants and animals in your backyard, from the ones you can see to the ones that you can’t? Biodiversity is a concept that connects us all—the plants and animals around the world depend on each other and a healthy habitat for survival. This includes us! Without the insects, plants, animals, bacteria, fungi, and everything in between, we would be unable to survive. With the your Roots & Shoots program, you can take action as a citizen scientist and directly or indirectly protect biodiversity in your community.

Examples of past projects applicable to this theme:

  • Pollinator Gardens that support local biodiversity
  • Habitat enrichment activities (beehives, bird houses, bat houses)
  • Youth-organized community event that includes Elder teachings on local Indigenous plants/animals

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Resources

Our Resource section includes things like our Climate Change Curriculum Guide and our Biodiversity Guide. These can be helpful tools for any Roots & Shoots project!

Biodiversity Loss (Animals) Projects

Biodiversity Loss (Animals), Climate Change (Environment), Environmental Inequity (People)

Battlefords Family Health Centre Healthy Living Land Based Learning Community Garden

BFHC has actively sought ways to address the Calls to Action our country is facing. The Garden Project is designed to increase nutritious food available to all people, engage in active living while incorporating intergenerational interactions, social participation and community supports.

Biodiversity Loss (Animals), Climate Change (Environment), Environmental Inequity (People)

Boreal Rangers Medicine Gardens

Youth and Elders will come together to create gardens with the four sacred medicines as well as native plant species of the area. This multigenerational effort will educate the youth about traditional ways, work to improve biodiversity and leave lasting education for the community.

Biodiversity Loss (Animals), Climate Change (Environment)

Bring back the Bees

Students will beautify school grounds and the city by planting plants that attract bees (and butterflies). They will partner with a local organaization to arrange a free bus to take us to the planting sites. They will plant trees/shrubs that will grow for years to come and rely on local experts for support.

Biodiversity Loss (Animals)

Build for Bees

The goal of this project is to build a bee friendly environment and teach the students about the importance of the work of the bees. They will make homes, plant flowers and install a water drinking area.

Biodiversity Loss (Animals), Environmental Inequity (People)

Coming Together

This project would be an opportunity for students to come together with the local Blackfoot community to develop a better understanding of Indigenous Ways of Knowing as well as developing a better understanding of the local environment in which we live.

Biodiversity Loss (Animals)

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Students will build and tend to a garden that will host space to teach the importance of biodiversity through Indigenous Perspectives. By creating the garden at the school, they hope to engage and educate the entire school population, and inspire them to create more gardens in the community.

Biodiversity Loss (Animals), Climate Change (Environment), Environmental Inequity (People)

Elsipogtog School Guardians of the Planet

Grade 5 Students at Elsipogtog School are coming together to build the Guardians of the Planet Leadership Team to address the environmental concerns of our school community. Students will work to make an impact on a school level and hopefully begin to impact the greater community.

Biodiversity Loss (Animals), Climate Change (Environment), Environmental Inequity (People)

HWW Medicine/Wellness Garden

The medicine garden will bring all members of Treaty 7 together. Research indicates that land-based learning opportunities and other Indigenous ways of knowing have a significant impact on student’s wellbeing, sense of self and fosters a respectful relationships with the Earth.

Biodiversity Loss (Animals), Climate Change (Environment), Environmental Inequity (People)

Minaajtodaa Nibiish / Celebrating & Honouring Water

The goal of this project is to bring awareness and attention to clean lakes and drinking water. The City of Greater Sudbury and area has municipal drinking water sources including Ramsey Lk, the Vermilion River, the Wahnapitae River and 24 municipal wells. There are also over 330 lakes. We know these waters need protection.