Education Workshops

``I learned that every different species has a different formula. I thought that they had the same formula. I found this interesting because it taught you about animals and I want to be a vet when I grow up.``
-1st Copper Cliff Cubs workshop attendee

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. We have attended the Sudbury Protocol Conference, Roots & Shoots at Science North, Seedy Saturday, the Sudbury Gardening Festival, the IODE City of Lakes Neighbours Helping Neighbours Yard Sale, Woof Fest, North Bay Farmers’ Market, Annual Fall Harvest – Kenjgewin Teg, the Northern Lights Festival Boréal, and participated in the Greater Sudbury Public Library summer workshop tour. 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 mail@wahrefugecentre.org. We try our best to accommodate presentation requests between 8am-8pm, Monday – Saturday. French presentations may be available.

``I really like making the turtle and putting a band-aid to help him.``
-Celia, 1st Copper Cliff Cubs

“New Sudbury Centre approached Wild at Heart Refuge Centre to participate in our March Break Fun schedule of events in 2018.  We were looking to offer families activities to take part in during the school break. It was brought to our attention by an employee that Wild at Heart offered an educational outreach program that could fit and at the same time this could provide exposure for their organization locally.

Wild at Heart Refuge Centre took part by setting up for a day in the shopping centre and providing wildlife-themed crafts and activities for all to take part. They set up a number of craft stations, games and interactive learning displays, along with a fun mural for children to interact with.

Their set up was professional and a number of their volunteers took part to assist with facilitating games, assisting with crafts and answering questions from customers. Their visit to the mall was enjoyed by all who stopped by. I would recommend Wild at Heart Refuge Centre and their team of volunteers to other organizations looking to provide a unique learning experience.”

Wild at Hear intern Aline speaks about her experience leading a station at the March Break Workshop (March 15, 2018) at the Sudbury Centre:

“It was simply just a blast. I remember being nervous and reluctant the day before, but all those feelings were gone ever so quickly when arriving there and seeing the children enjoy everything we brought out for them. It was an amazingly fun experience and interacting with the children made me happy and excited, especially when seeing that so many of them were so involved with repairing the turtle shells of the turtles they were crafting, the collages they were dedicatedly glueing together or the games we were playing as wild mountain lions. It showed me that what we do, even if it is showing them in a roundabout way that animal care for wildlife is important, that they do actually take the message home and that couldn’t make me more proud. Their enthusiasm to ask and inquire about everything is highly contagious and it made every second of the day more than worth it for being there. I see now that what we did that day was both important for the local wildlife as it was important for the next generations to come. And apart from it being important, it was just pure and plain fun, for everyone involved!”