Ducks Unlimited Canada
Wetland Education – Prince Edward Island 2016
The main focus of the Project Webfoot Program is to educate youth about the importance of wetlands and the values they provide not only to people but to wildlife as well. Wetland habitats are highly productive areas which provide homes to over 600 species, including many species-at-risk. Project Webfoot, like all Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) programs, aims to provide our young people with more knowledge and understanding around wetland habitats, the species that live there, along with conversation concepts and practices to empower them to make a difference in their communities.
Since 2003, DUC has reached close to 6,900 Grade 4 students on PEI with this message through the Project Webfoot Program. The students not only have the opportunity to learn about the importance of wetlands but also many have the opportunity to take part in action projects that both directly and indirectly benefit wetland habitats and the associated wildlife. Providing these types of opportunities for our youth give them the necessary tools to take action for wetland conversation today and into the future.
The main goals of the project were:
- Provide Project Webfoot students with a quality wetland field trip and educational resources. The wetland field trip portion was very well received. Both the educational value and trip enjoyment were rated 90% “excellent” and 10% “good”. From a teacher: “The marsh visit was wonderful. My students and I learned so much about animal and plant habitats. Thanks to the guides for their knowledge and support.”
- Register 25 classes (approximately 625 students) to participate in the Project Webfoot program. This year with the available funding from PEI WCF and other community sponsors, 21 classes (460 students) were able to take part in the Project Webfoot program.
- Continue to partner with Island Nature Trust to deliver Project Webfoot field trip classes.
- Provide updated educational material in Project Webfoot resource kit.
- Ensure wetland field trip sites are safe, accessible and interactive for students.
- Share wetland education initiatives through various media posts.
- Encourage Project Webfoot classes to become involved in environmental action projects at their schools.