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 project!

Biodiversity Loss (Animals) Projects

Todd Gallant, Parks Canada, providing an overview of the Atlantic salmon recovery project to students at Jakeman All Grade.
Biodiversity Loss (Animals), Climate Change (Environment)

Save Our Salmon (SOS)

Our project hopes to educate the youth of our community about salmon conservation efforts and directly involve these students in the salmon conservation effort. Students will work alongside Parks Canada staff to monitor the salmon population.

Biodiversity Loss (Animals), Climate Change (Environment)

Save the ocean from plastic pollution: Our grade 3 class will be planning ways to both reduce plastic use in our classroom and school community. Along with finding creating ways that plastic can be reused in purposeful ways.

Our grade 3 class discovered that there are many different ways to help protect our oceans. We decided to choose to focus on one area that can be purposefully done in our own class and school community, which is specific plans to encourage less plastic and purposefully reuse plastic.

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

Save the Polar Bears & Create a Polar Bear Park

Manitoba has lost a third of its polar bear population. If we act now, we can help mother bears protect their cubs. Northern communities are working to establish Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas in the region. We want partner with CPAWS to create a polar bear park.

Biodiversity Loss (Animals), Climate Change (Environment)

Save the Pollinators!

Our students have expressed interest in protecting pollinator species in our community. We want to plant a native plant species, build protective habitats for pollinators and ensure the longevity of these species in our community. We will be raising butterflies and releasing them.

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

Saving Our Wetlands

Students will learn about the various biomes in Manitoba with a focus on wetlands. They will learn about the importance of wetlands and how the loss of wetlands affects animals and humans. Students will spread awareness about how our actions can impact the environment.

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

School Garden and Pollination Project

Build and plant a school/community garden with the focus on vegetables as well as pollination. This project will have endless benefits for students that will extend beyond the classroom and long into their adult life.

Biodiversity Loss (Animals)

School Garden and Wildlife/Bird Observation Station

I would love to increase the size of our tiny school garden so that we can begin to provide some fresh food options for our school breakfast and lunch program in the spring (fresh greens) and fall (squash, tomatoes, potatoes). Would also plant pollinator plants and grow bird seed.

Image contains small containers of seedlings of various garden variety plants
Biodiversity Loss (Animals), Climate Change (Environment), Environmental Inequity (People)

Seed Starting in the Spring Sun

The Nimkii Youth Collective plan to build a covered space to house newly started plants for our community garden. The seed starting case would protect against frost and cold night temps, extend our very short growing season and allow for a more successful rate of germination and seedling survival.

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

Seven Grandfather Teachings: Empowering youth to create a Pollinator Garden, restore a Pond and mentor peers

Honouring our school goal, Seven Grandfather Teachings, elementary students will plant Pollinator (bees, butterflies, hummingbirds) preferred wildflowers, annuals, and wild trees in the schoolyard and near the city trail. We will clean and restore a pond area and reduce plastic waste in our school.