While wildlife rehabilitation is the key focus, our Centre is dedicated to providing education in our community about local wildlife issues. We are a resource for the public regarding wildlife. As Northern Ontario cities expand into wild spaces and human-wildlife interactions increase, there is a greater need for wildlife rehabilitation centres such as Wild at Heart.
In addition, we participate in many community-run events, such as conferences and festivals. In 2016, we attended the Sudbury Protocol Conference, Roots & Shoots at Science North, the Sudbury Gardening Festival, the IODE City of Lakes Neighbours Helping Neighbours Yard Sale, and the Northern Lights Festival Boréal. We are dedicated to promoting awareness and education about wildlife issues in our community and devoted to helping our community live peacefully with wildlife.
Our education committee also hosts workshops in classrooms and community groups like Girl Guides and Boy Scouts. Our workshops are aligned with the Ontario Curriculum for Science and Technology, Arts, and Social Studies for grades 1-10, and include a PowerPoint, photos and videos of the animals in our care, and an interactive component if you prefer (game or craft). These presentations are 30, 60, 90, or 180 minutes long. Each workshop attendee should bring an item off our online wishlist or $5.
Workshops available include:
- Birds – waterfowl, corvids, songbirds, and raptors (species of special concern spotlight: bald eagle)
- Turtles – identification, hibernation, and medical care (threatened species spotlight: Blanding’s turtle)
- Mammals – local species focus, discuss strategies to reduce negative human-wildlife interactions
- Ecosystem management – pollution, urban wildlife interactions, pesticides, habitat destruction
- Veterinary care – activities around wing wraps, casts, physiotherapy, x-rays, parasites, and medication; generally presented to older ages
- Pollinators – focus on declining honeybee and monarch populations in Canada
- General animal care – introduction to Wild at Heart; can be used for starting a school fundraising campaign
If you are interested in a school or community group presentation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We try our best to accommodate presentation requests between 8am-8pm, Monday – Saturday. French presentations may be available.