Carolinian Education Project

Final Project Report: Carolinian Education Project, 2012-2013

Goals and Objectives

The Jaffa Environmental Education Centre uses natural habitats located in the Carolinian zone to teach students about their natural
environment. Programming, all connected to the Ontario curriculum, is delivered to students from junior kindergarten to grade 12.
Such programs include the highly successful MarshQuest program which connects 500 grade 4 students every year with open marsh
habitat by bringing them to a local wetland.

This program, completed in partnership with the Environmental Leadership Program students at East Elgin Secondary School, teaches
students about wetland habitat and how to become good conservationists. It has just gained international recognition through the
Ramsar Convention by receiving the International Wetland Award for its support towards the sustainable use of wetlands in the North
Americas. The goal is to provide additional learning opportunities for students on the Carolinian zone and its varied habitats such as
wetland, forest and prairie through the creation of permanent displays. These displays would complement and add to the quality of
programming at Jaffa Environmental Education Centre.

Funding from WHC will be used to create permanent displays specifically on wetland habitat. This would not only increase knowledge
of wetland habitat, its inhabitants and its importance for wildlife and humans, but arm students with the information on how to protect
and conserve wetland habitat. Their learning of this important and vital habitat can be enhanced through information displays which
provide additional viewing and learning opportunities for students that complement their outside learning of wetlands. The wetland
display will be complemented within a room featuring other displays on the Carolinian zone, such as forest and prairie habitats.

The goals of this project are:

1) To create permanent displays on the importance and stewardship options for students on wetlands, and

2) To further enhance outdoor learning opportunities not seen in the wild,


Activities

March-June 2012:  Design, fabricate and install permanent displays on wetland habitat to increase knowledge of the importance of wildlife
and to provide information to students and the public on stewardship options for wetland conservation.

Marsh Quest – September 2012: Develop new programming enhanced by the new displays on wetland habitat to provide additional viewing
and learning opportunities for students.


Specific Habitat Products/Results Supported by WHC’s Contributions

WHC would be specifically providing funds to support the design, fabrication and installation of interactive displays on wetlands and their
inhabitants. The wetland exhibit depicts both above water and underwater sections highlighting the wildlife and plants of an open marsh habitat.


Benefits to Waterfowl, Wetlands-Associated Species, and/or Other Wildlife

Students will leave programming not only knowing what wetlands are, but what they can do in their own communities to promote and practice
good wetland conservation.  This experience will also provide students with important knowledge of wildlife and waterfowl also associated with
wetlands, and how they can help to conserve these species.


Project Location

Jaffa Environmental Education Centre (Thames Valley District School Board), and Herb Kebbel Wetland.


Project Contact

For more information on this project, please contact Johanne Beasley, Environmental Educator, Jaffa Environmental Education Centre.