Wetland centres of excellence
Research shows that getting students active in local projects and providing them with real world models has significant value in changing understanding, attitudes and behaviour. Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) works with students and educators to support Wetland Centres of Excellence in select secondary schools where funding and resources allow.
We assist a network of Wetland Centre of Excellence partner schools to get involved in creating their own long-term wetland conservation projects using a local wetland. This program helps encourage students to pursue related studies and careers in conservation through hands-on learning and leadership.
“I can just remember the high school students delivering the program. They seemed excited and the things they were showing us were really awesome . . .as soon as I got back to school, I knew it was something I wanted to do.”
— Student, Tantramar Wetland Centre Sackville, NB
Here are some of projects our partner schools are involved with:
Studies or monitoring
(water quality, species inventories, bird banding)
Students get involved in bird banding and provide information to researchers. The students at Timiskaming Secondary School in northern Ontario built special bird banding stations for their on-going program.
(nest boxes, wetland creation, planting, annual cleanups)
After students at Clarence Fulton Secondary School in Vernon, British Columbia carried out a wetland clean-up, they decided they needed to do more. Working with members of their community they created a new wetland, built boardwalks and carried out other habitat improvements to create their own outdoor classroom right beside their school.
(interpretive trails, educational signs, construction of a small nature centre or mentoring elementary school students)
Lead secondary students share their knowledge and enthusiasm for the environment with younger students who come from local elementary schools eager to learn. Mentoring programs to help teach new concepts in a fun and engaging way include critter dipping, biodiversity hikes and ecological games.
Current Wetland Centres of Excellence:
- Clarence Fulton Secondary School, Vernon, BC
- Nellie McClung Collegiate, Manitou, MB
- Virden Collegiate Institute, Virden, MB
- Fort Richmond Collegiate, Winnipeg, MB
- East Elgin Secondary School, Aylmer, ON
- Timiskaming District Secondary School, New Liskeard, ON
- Wellington Heights Secondary School, Mount Forest, ON
- École secondaire du Mont-Sainte-Anne, Beaupré, QC
- The Tantramar Wetlands Centre, Sackville, NB
For more information about your school becoming a Wetland Centre of Excellence please email us .