Junior Wildlife Ambassador Program

The Junior Wildlife Ambassador Program (JWAP) is an outreach education program, whereby WILDNorth goes into elementary schools to educate students on the importance of wildlife in our community and empower each student to take action in their own community. WILDNorth offers free, curriculum-specific presentations for Grades 3, 4, 5, and 6 in the Edmonton area thanks to Capital City Cleanup.

For inquiries or to book a presentation, please e-mail education@wildlife-edm.ca

To inquire about presentations outside of the Edmonton area, for presentations for other grades or community groups, or for custom presentations, please e-mail education@wildlife-edm.ca

Grade 3 – “Life Cycles, Wildlife & My Community”

This is a 30-minute presentation providing students with the opportunity to explore and learn about the life cycle of a local songbird. Linked directly to the Animal Life Cycles unit, this program offers a fun and tangible way for students to learn about a full life cycle while developing an awareness and appreciation for backyard nature.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Recognize characteristics of a local songbird
  • Describe the stages of growth and development of a songbird
  • Identify parental care of songbirds and recognize their food and habitat needs
  • Identify how they can preserve habitat and create a clean and safe environment in their own backyard

Grade 4 – “Litter, Wildlife & My Community”

Since a clean community is a shared responsibility, the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society and Capital City Clean Up have joined forces to deliver the “Litter, Wildlife & My Community” classroom program. Educational and entertaining, this 60-minute presentation directly links to the Waste and Our World unit. It illustrates how litter harms wildlife and helps students identify actions they can take to minimize litter’s impact on wildlife.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Recognize how human activity and the waste we produce affects wildlife
  • Identify types of waste harmful or toxic to wildlife and our ecosystems
  • Identify actions they can take to minimize the impact of waste on wildlife

Grade 5 – “Wetlands, Wildlife & My Community”

“Wetlands, Wildlife & My Community” takes students on a 60-minute virtual exploration through the Wetland Ecosystems and examines how human activities can threaten the survival of wildlife in these sensitive ecosystems. A clean environment is a shared responsibility; the goal of the WILDNorth and Capital City Clean Up is to empower students to do their part.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Recognize numerous local examples of wetland ecosystems
  • Identify examples of wildlife species in local wetlands and understand the adaptations that make them suited for wetland life
  • Recognize how human activities can threaten the survival of wildlife in the wetland ecosystem and identify ways to minimize those impacts
  • Recognize how changes in any part of an environment affects the whole environment
  • Recognize that a clean Edmonton is a shared responsibility and everyone must do their part

Grade 6 – “Trees, Wildlife & My Community”

Linking directly to the Trees and Forests unit, “Trees, Wildlife & My Community” is an interesting and enjoyable 60-minute investigation into the interactions between trees and the numerous wildlife species that students find in the boreal forest and in their own backyard. Because most of the wildlife patients WILDNorth receives each year are injured due to human-related activity, this program helps students gain the tools to make a difference and lessen their impact.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand why trees and forests are valuable
  • Recognize interactions between trees and numerous species of wildlife
  • Identify the difference between coniferous and deciduous trees
  • Identify how human development impacts wildlife and what actions they can take to minimize our impacts on wildlife
  • Identify how human development affects trees and wildlife and the actions individuals can take to minimize that impact

Grade 6 – “Healthy Backyards”

This interactive 60-minute presentation focuses on living with urban wildlife – giving general information about wildlife in Edmonton, encouraging the students to think critically about the public’s role with wildlife, empowering them to do their part for wildlife in the community, and increasing awareness of the impacts human development can have on wildlife. This program illustrates the human-wildlife interactions that happen when the line between “City” and “Wild” becomes blurred, and provides students with tools necessary to ensure these interactions are positive.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Develop skills of critical thinking in regards to living with urban wildlife
  • Re-evaluate personal opinions about urban wildlife
  • Recognize that sometimes decisions need to be made outside of personal opinions in order to achieve positive outcomes for the community at large
  • Recognize evidence of animal activity and use this evidence to investigate wildlife activity