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Our organization seeks to engage, educate, and empower youth to become agents of environmental and social change.

Taking action to engage with conservation issues in your own community is a powerful way to contribute to protecting the environment around you. Yet knowing where, when, and how to take action can seem like an insurmountable stumbling block. The Take a Stand program can help you take action in your community by hosting a variety of mentors (high school students, University students, and Community Organization representatives) to guide your participation in important conservation areas.

Upon request we will provide a Community Action program at your school. Our various mentors will help you develop the skills and leadership to plant a community garden, care for our urban forests and streams, clear litter from a local beach, and monitor the vigor of various ecosystems. An expression of your commitment to conservation through art or music is another way of getting the public to listen and gives a voice to wilderness in both remote and urban areas.

Meet local artists and filmmakers who will tell their stories to help inspire and hone your artistic skills, opening up new opportunities for you in the future. Bookings for the Community Action program to come to your school can be arranged and opportunities are available for youth experiential learning (Allison Kermode).

The organizations in this section provide opportunities for youth in B.C. and across the nation to engage communities toward achievement of conservation goals. Working in groups or individually, students can launch their own action/passion projects toward our contest themes or participate in educating the public on an environmental issue through our Community Innovation Contest. This includes both our “general” Contest and our wild salmon priority contest (see the Contest section of the website).

Urban Salmon Project

Urban Salmon Project

A new collaboration has been forged with the Urban Salmon Project - Founder and Outdoor Storyteller Fernando Lessa.

Wilderness Committee

Wilderness Committee

The Wilderness Committee works to protect Canada’s remaining biodiversity through strategic research and grassroots public education that is grounded in principles of human rights and social justice.

Sierra Club BC

Sierra Club BC

Sierra Club BC’s main goal is to inspire generations to defend nature and confront climate change, so that families, communities and the natural world can prosper together

Environmental Youth Alliance

Environmental Youth Alliance

The Environmental Youth Alliance works to engage and empower youth to create meaningful, positive action for the community and environmental health.

Raincoast Conservation Foundation

Raincoast Conservation Foundation

Raincoast is a not-for-profit research and public education organization that relies on the support of donors, sponsors, and volunteers. Comprised of a research-driven team of conservationists and scientists, the organization aims to protect the lands, waters and wildlife of coastal British Columbia.

Pacific Wild

Pacific Wild

Pacific Wild is a non-profit organization working to protect wildlife and their habitat on British Columbia’s North and Central Coast. Their work involves cutting-edge research, education and outreach, and focuses on implementing solution-based conservation strategies.

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS)

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS)

CPAWS is Canada’s voice for wilderness with a vision to protect at least half of our country’s public land and water, and to ensure that our parks are managed to protect the nature within them.

Stanley Park Ecology Society

Stanley Park Ecology Society

Stanley Park Ecology Society is a not-for-profit environmental organization that operates in partnership with the Vancouver Park Board in Stanley Park.