Wetlands Project Ideas
Communities, organizations, schools, parks, and wildlife refuges – everyone can protect our wetlands. What can you do? How do you do it? Use these ideas to design your own project.
- Ask your Mayor, Board of Supervisors, or the Governor to declare May as American Wetlands Month. Here is a sample proclamation.
- Run (or Walk) for wetlands: New Jersey fifth graders raised enough money to help Bridgewater’s Hillside School build a backyard wildlife habitat. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service employees do it, too: their annual 5K run protects a beaver pond nestled between their building and I-66 (just outside the nation’s capital).
- Sponsor photo/art/poetry contests focused on wetlands. Ask you Chamber of Commerce or local businesses to give prizes and display the entries. For an example, click here.
- Offer Discover Wetlands guided tours: A Maryland group focuses first on birds, then beavers (“makers of the marsh”), wildflowers, and butterflies, concluding with a night hike.
- Throw a community picnic, complete with tours, storytelling and hands-on activities.
- Enlist the aid of your local League chapter or watershed association in planning a watershed education event at a nearby school. In Minnesota, the Rochester IWLA chapter hosted a wetland exploration contest, which drew student teams from15 nearby high schools.
- Plant native saplings in a wetland- either as the first step in its restoration or as part of an overall plan.
- Organize a wetlands group: Bring together others in your community who are interested in conserving your local wetlands to strategize on building community awareness and connecting with appropriate government officials and programs.
- Publicize the need for wetland protection: Tantalize your local newspapers and radio/TV stations with interesting facts about nearby wetlands.
- Read about wetlands: Do this all by yourself, and then prepare a reading list for your school – or to post in the library. Begin with Henry David Thoreau’s Walden!
- Organize a wetland ecology and stewardship workshop in your area: In New York, the League chapter in Rome organized a one-day wetland ecology and stewardship workshop that was attended by 21 members of the community.
- Join a monitoring group – or organize one. Contact the Izaak Walton League at 1-800-BUG-IWLA for local contact information.
- Get involved- find out where wetlands exist near your home, try to learn more about them, and support educational efforts.
- Create your very own wetland habitat! By building a small wetland in your backyard or schoolyard, you will not only beautify the landscape, you will provide habitat for wildlife and may help reduce the amount of pollution entering nearby waterways.
- Climate Change - What you can do! Learn more about ways you can help at home, school, in the office, and on the road. Visit www.epa.gov/climatechange/wycd/index.html, a great site for kids and adults.