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Wetland educational activity

A picture of a wetland and buildings representing different land uses for a collage.


Living and working near a wetland (Educational activity)

Where would you put the buildings?

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Or, if you don't want to do the activity with paper, scissors, and glue, you could do the activity on your computer with this PowerPoint file. Download the file and edit and then print and share:

The way we use land affects affects wildlife and habitat either positively or negatively. 

What we do with the land is a reflection of our priorities and lifestyles.

Whether you have a home, farm, or business each person has a distinct perspective.

How would you grow a community of people alongside wetlands?

Wetland Activity

Try this activity with your family or in your classroom.

You will need scissors; masking tape; paper and printer. 

By creating a collage, you can begin thinking about how different kinds of land uses have a different impact on wetland habitats. 


Print out the set of Land Use Patterns and one wetland map.

  1. Cut out the different building pieces. (You may colour them or draw on them).
  2. How would you grow a community alongside a wetland? Using the wetland map, arrange the land use pieces around the wetland. 
  3. Use every piece. The pieces may touch but they cannot overlap.  Pieces may be cut smaller.
  4. If you want to create any additional land use pieces you can add but don’t take away any original pieces.
  5. Tape each land use piece on the map when you are happy with where they are.  
  6. Discuss your choices with others.

Once you have completed the exercise, you can share your finished product on social media with the hashtag #MyCommunityPlan and explain why you put the buildings where you did.

For instructions on how to do the activity on your computer using the PowerPoint application, please download the PowerPoint file and review the instructions included in the PowerPoint multi-media slide show file.

We need wetlands.  

What can you do to minimize damaging effects from humans on wetlands? 

This is based on a Dragonfly Pond activity of Project Wild, an education program of Canadian Wildlife Federation. For training workshops on Project Wild activities contact Canadian Wildlife Federation or Ausable Bayfield Conservation.

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