News Release – 2021 Community Conservation Action Program (CCAP)
“Wildlife Habitat Canada is committed to supporting smaller organizations through our new Community Conservation Action Program (CCAP)”, says Cameron Mack, Executive Director at WHC. “This enables those organizations to lead local efforts to connect Canadians with nature, engage youth in conservation and develop and implement educational conservation programs.”
Wildlife Habitat Canada (WHC) has introduced a new grant program aimed at supporting smaller organization in their conservation efforts. The Community Conservation Action Program (CCAP) was developed and launched in 2020 and is currently in its first pilot year. In an attempt to focus on more grassroots, local organizations and their conservation work, WHC has opened up this program for asks between $1,000 and $10,000. The grant program is rooted in WHC’s goal of making wise investment decisions to support habitat conservation through the support of large- and small-scale projects. The program has a focus on three main components that are at the core of each of the selected projects:
- Connecting Canadians with nature
- Engaging youth in conservation
- Providing educational conservation programming
Below is an overview of the 7 selected projects for the CCAP 2021-2022 Pilot Year 1:
- Thought Generation Society has developed an exciting new approach to conservation through the use of an online mobile learning app. With the financial contributions of WHC, this project is aiming to provide conservation education through game playing. This project is expected to be successful among young people, instilling conservation values in those of the next generation.
- The Stratford Area Watershed Improvement Group is also working to provide a new sense of conservation education through the creation and installment of interpretive panels along the trails of Fullerton Conservation Park. Additionally, this project is hoping to develop 2 guided tours to encourage Canadians to connect with nature in an interactive and educational way.
- Le Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan, as a recipient of the CCAP grant, is in the process of developing and implementing new curriculum-based conservation programming for students grades 6-8. In line with one of CCAP’s core components, this project will provide educational programming specific to the prairie’s native grasslands and wetland ecosystems.
- Environmental Youth Alliance Society, in collaboration with WHC, is operating a project in which environmental education and conservation training is offered to BIPOC and marginalized or at-risk youth. This project involves hands-on outdoors opportunities to engage with nature while working together to enhance community greenspace for all to enjoy.
- Waterton Biosphere Reserve Association, through their CCAP grant project, are working to deliver community education and outreach to connect local residents to nature. This will be delivered through a series of outdoor days and workshops. The success of this project and raised awareness about conservation will aid in the preservation and maintenance of the Waterton Biosphere Reserve wetlands that are vital to the health of the environment surrounding the community.
- École Jean-Gauthier, is operating a project in Québec that will implement unique in-school programming that offers natural history and wildlife education courses as part of the daily curriculum. The inclusion of this subject in regular education will carry out the 3 components of this grant program simultaneously, delivering effective conservation efforts at a community level.
- Watersheds Canada, with financial support from WHC, has implemented a project in Ontario that will allow 50 youth and their families to have a multimedia experience in the field of conservation. This will include a hands-on assessment of the Mississippi Lake shoreline and surrounding area, virtual education workshops and in-person restoration activities such as replanting excursions. In its success, this project will combine conservation education and hands-on efforts to inspire community-members to connect with nature.