SOURCE: Canadian Wildlife Federation

Canadian Wildlife Federation

SOURCE: Durham District School Board

Durham District School Board

April 07, 2015 15:26 ET

Students Join Canadian Wildlife Federation to Launch New Wild Spaces for Monarchs

OTTAWA, ON--(Marketwired - April 07, 2015) - As part of National Wildlife Week celebrations, students from Seneca Trail Public School are joining CWF on April 8 to launch the new Wild Spaces for Monarchs program.

Wild Spaces for Monarchs is a curriculum linked education program is designed to engage and inspire kids to create or maintain important wildlife habitat with their classroom or group, and share the process using the latest online learning tools.

Beginning at 1:00 pm, the eco-group at Seneca Trail will learn about monarch butterflies and the habitat needed to sustain them by participating in learning activities on migration and take part in seed planting for the garden they will create later this spring.

Through Wild Spaces for Monarchs program, classes and groups will use online learning tools to work through educational units about the lives of monarch butterflies, then apply their new knowledge to accompanying quizzes and activities. After they complete the units, they will then head outdoors to create a monarch garden. Students will be encouraged to share pictures and stories about their wild space.

"Having young people head outdoors, get their hands dirty, and do something tangible and real for wildlife is what will inspire the next generation of conservation stewards," says Wade Luzny, CWF CEO and Executive Vice-President. "Participating in this activity with the students from Seneca Trail Public School is the perfect way for CWF to celebrate National Wildlife Week."

"We look forward to sharing the importance of environmental conservation and making positive contributions in our community with our entire school as it is fits perfectly with our school motto of Dream, Believe, Inspire," says Michael Bowman, Principal of Seneca Trail P.S. "Our students and staff are eagerly looking forward to partnering with the Canadian Wildlife Federation in the creation of a butterfly habitat in our community."

About the Canadian Wildlife Federation
The Canadian Wildlife Federation is a national, not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to fostering awareness and appreciation of our natural world. By spreading knowledge of human impacts on the environment, sponsoring research, developing and delivering education programs, promoting the sustainable use of natural resources, recommending changes to policy and co-operating with like-minded partners, CWF encourages a future in which Canadians can live in harmony with nature. For more information visit CanadianWildlifeFederation.ca.

About the Durham District School Board
The Durham District School Board is responsible for public education in the rural settings of Uxbridge, Brock and Scugog Townships and the urban settings of Ajax, Whitby, Pickering and Oshawa. The Board employs 7,000 teaching and educational services staff. With 130 elementary and secondary schools and learning centres, the DDSB accommodates more than 68,000 regular day students and thousands more who take advantage of a wide variety of continuing education and adult credit courses. More information can be found on the DDSB's website at www.ddsb.ca. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @DurhamDSB and on YouTube at DurhamDSB.

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