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Stewardship Projects


Connecting lessons to community engagement and action projects is a great way to empower students. This area highlights some opportunities within the community to get involved in ongoing and event based stewardship projects.

If you have another idea for a stewardship project or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us!

Fall 2015

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup - September 20-28

The Shoreline Cleanup is a great way for you to connect your students with a positive experience that builds environmental stewardship. The mission of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is to promote understanding and education about shoreline litter issues by encouraging Canadians to rehabilitate shoreline areas through cleanups. This activity connects well with lessons related to stormwater in London.

  1. Choose a cleanup location and register it online with the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.
  2. Follow instructions and guidelines in the Site Coordinator Manual.
  3. Get outside!

Take Me Outside Day - October 24

Commit to spending one hour outside on October 24 with your students.

  1. Confirm your participation by email. Simply say, "We're in!"  and you will receive some details, but essentially, Take Me Outside wants to know where your school is, how many students and teachers are taking part, and maybe some of the activities you’re planning to do.
  2. Get outside!

Ongoing Stewardship Opportunities

Yellow Fish Road

Trout Unlimited Canada's, Yellow Fish Road program reminds Canadians about their responsibility to reduce stormwater pollution, one of the largest sources of freshwater pollution. This stewardship project connects with lessons based in the stormwater section.

  1. Contact Megan at the City of London to ensure you have all required documentation and information before beginning. The City of London can provide a map that shows the locations of the catchbasins in the area you are planning your event as well as safety vests and safety cones.
  2. Complete the Yellow Fish Road form to obtain the necessary recourses before your event.
  3. Teach the Yellow Fish Road pre-lesson so students understand what they are doing and why.
  4. Get outside!

School Yard Greening

Getting students outside the classroom invested in a project that directly benefits them, their school and environment is a great way to connect environmental responsibility with action. Several Thames Valley District School Board schools have been busy building outdoor classrooms, reading circles, vegetable and butterfly gardens.

  1. Contact the Curriculum Coordinator in Environmental Education and Management (Erin Mutch) to discuss your project.
  2. Read and complete the School Yard Greening Guidelines and School Yard Greening Application.
  3. Get outside!

Adopt-A-Park

The City of London encourages civic clubs, local businesses, neighbourhood associations, sports clubs or teams, faith groups and school groups to get involved in the preservation and enhancement of our many great parks, cul-de-sacs and roundabouts. City parks are enjoyed by many residents and appreciated by all. By participating in the Adopt-A-Park Program, volunteers donate time and resources to give special care to a City park by helping to maintain, beautify, enhance and keep the park safe for all to enjoy.

  1. Eligible sites include any of our over 400 designated parks. To select a site please contact the City of London’s Community Projects Coordinator at 519-661-4980 who will happily work with you to find the perfect match!
  2. Once a park has been selected, the group will commit to help maintain the adopted area for a minimum of two years. Within those two years, the group will lead a minimum of two cleanups per adopted year. Park adopters may also organize events, environmental stewardship projects or community development initiatives, with the approval of City of London staff.
  3. Get outside!

Adopt-A-Street

As a class, school, neighbourhood, and community group you can come together and adopt a local street. This program helps to enhance the cleanliness and beauty of our streets.

  1. Adopt a street of your choice by filling out the Application Form and submitting it to the City of London.
  2. Once your application has been approved, the group will commit to a minimum of cleaning up your street four times per year.
  3. Other activities that you can do on your adopted street include: watering street trees and identifying locations for new tree plantings, report hazards or other issues, plant flowers and beautify boulevards (with approval) and clear storm drains of leaves and debris.
  4. Get outside!
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