This is a page for information about projects that home based learning kids can participate in, and also for joint projects of the parents in the home based learning community across Canada.

Canada Day Challenge

Proudly presented by the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Day Challenge invites youth between 8 and 18 years old (who live in Canada) to express their pride in being Canadian, by submitting an entry inspired by the theme CANADA: STRONG AND FREE.

Enter the contest in the following categories:

Participation can be through schools, clubs, associations, or individual interest.

On the road to Canada's 150th birthday in 2017, the Canada Day Challenge is an excellent opportunity for young people to explore Canada's history, culture and identity and to celebrate everything that makes Canada the united, strong and free country it is today.

This year, we also encourage youth to learn more about the defining moments that helped to shape our country. For example, in 2014, Canada will mark the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown and Quebec Conferences. These two conferences laid the foundations for Confederation in 1867 and what would eventually become Canada.


Winners from across Canada will be selected for a chance to win prizes, including iPad minis and more. Winning entries will also be displayed at the Canadian Museum of Civilization from June to September 2014.

Parks Canada will provide all three national winners (one from each category) with an all-expenses paid grand prize trip for two to Ottawa to visit Canada's national institutions and to celebrate Canada Day 2014 on Parliament Hill, as well as visit Parks Canada sites in the region.

You can check out pictures from last year's grand prize trip online. The national winners were given VIP access to exciting places and they got to meet some of Canada's most inspiring personalities, including the Governor General of Canada, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, and singer Marie-Mai. On July 1st, they were treated to VIP seating for both the Canada Day Noon Show and the iconic Evening Show and fireworks display.

Among the participants between the ages of 14 and 17, one winner in the Write It! category will be invited to spend a week in Ottawa with Encounters with Canada, Canada's largest youth forum, to learn about Canadian institutions, explore exciting career options, develop their civic leadership skills and live an extraordinary bilingual experience.

The Canada Day Challenge is open now and will accept submissions until National Flag Day, February 15, 2014.

Please note: Once submitted, all entries--including any intellectual property relating to your entry--will become the sole property of the Department of Canadian Heritage. The Department will be free to use any or all such entries in any form without compensation or remuneration.

You can learn more at If you would like to order Canada Day Challenge promotional materials, please send an email with your mailing address to

Greenzone Movement's Zoned Comic Book Contest

Greenzone Movement is currently holding their first "Zoned" Comic Book Contest where participants are asked to write a comic book story pitch. The winning pitch will have their comic drawn and produced by Marvel Entertainment and the author will be featured as a key character. The contest is open to anyone worldwide who is age 13 or over. Individual students/teachers, groups, classrooms, companies and organizations are welcome to submit an entry. The new Marvel comic will be released at the Royal Winter Agricultural Fair 2014 in Toronto. The theme must be an ANTI-BULLYING message, with one positive solution to the problem. Entry deadline is December 31, 2013.

For more information, see the contest rules here: You can see regular updates on their Facebook page:

GREENZONE philosphy is based on the idea of living in our Green Zone - leading happy, contented and productive lives in an atmosphere of respect, with as little stress and conflict as possible.

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

 The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is a nation-wide, non-profit event coordinated through the Vancouver Aquarium and World WildlifeFund. It encourages Canadians to clean up their local waterways during the national cleanup week in September. This event is completely free for all participants, with supplies, instructions, and educational materials provided to make it as easy as possible to take children out to do a cleanup. Thousands of students across Canada participate in this annual event, designed to build spirit, leadership and raise awareness of the environment.

hs-ca list quilt

hs-ca is an email list on Yahoo! Groups for HBL parents across Canada. Since "life is learning," any subject is a potential topic of home based learning conversation.

At some point someone spoke of quilting and it led to the idea of a joint quilting project with squares from across the country contributed by hs-ca list members.

A member from BC collected and assembled the squares and the beautiful results were displayed at the Greater Vancouver Not-Back-to-School Picnic.

The hope was to send the quilt to conferences all across the country.

We'd like to thank Marian Buchanan for sponsoring this site on Zoetic Endeavours