Volunteer

GET INVOLVED – LEARN – PLAY – EAT

Without volunteers, our work would not be possible. Our volunteers and interns collaborate with expert staff and community organizers to maintain: 3 community orchards, a commercial seed production garden, a nursery with 2 greenhouses, 8 school gardens and over a hectare of pollinator housing and habitat. Our work shifts from season to season but is always hands-on, collaborative and nature based. From seed saving to tree planting to kite construction with locally harvested materials, there’s bound to be something of interest to you. Volunteer positions are open to everyone, youth and youth at heart.

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Garden Drop-In  Youth Internships   Board of Directors    Corporate Volunteers

The Garden Drop-In Program offers hands-on gardening experiences right in the city. Volunteer sessions run weekly throughout the year, on Saturday afternoons. Volunteers can expect to gain skills in ecological urban food production, seed saving, wildcrafting and locally harvested and manufactured art and technology. Sessions are most often held in the Youth Garden, where we grow seeds for our Urban Seeds Program amidst a thriving community food forest. Once per month, we visit the Means of Production garden.

 Co-managed by EYA and MOPARRC (Means of Production Artists Raw Resource Collective), this site is home to a remarkable art material forest. The plants in this garden have been selected and grown by artists to create technology, tools and art. Stands of willow, ash, hazel, bamboo, and empress are used for fencing, basketry, instruments and furniture while the perennial beds support paper making, dye making and other creative uses.

For more info contact volunteer@eya.ca or sign up for our weekly news blast at right.

Internships are a great way to take your involvement with the Environmental Youth Alliance to the next level. Our internship programs combine skills training and hands-on learning with in-depth engagement and leadership in one of the following program areas. Click the links for more information on each:

Our Community Hive Internship is an in-depth training program in natural bee-keeping.

Our Community Nursery Internship engages youth in managing our Community Nursery.

Our TreeKeepers Heartwood Internship  exposes youth to innovative approaches to managing the urban forest.

Our Growing Kids Interns support 8 schools in using their outdoor gardens as an integrated, living classroom.

The EYA board is comprised of young-minded individuals who are passionate about advancing EYA’s vision.  The EYA board supports staff and volunteers through strategic planning activities, dedicated committees (ie. policy, fundraising, social enterprise, board recruitment) and establishing direction for other programming initiatives (ie. project-based funding proposals).

If you or anyone you know are interested in learning more about EYA board positions, please email info@eya.ca. We will be happy to provide an overview of the board’s responsibilities and outline the recruitment process.

Join us in a beautiful urban oasis for a unique, hands-on team building experience. We can accommodate large or small groups, generally from 5-25 people. We prefer at least 3-4 weeks notice in order to arrange a tailored program and supplies. Come for one hour to a full, sun-shining day. Our rates for hosting corporate groups vary according to the context. With a staff of trained group facilitators and access to some of Vancouver’s most beautiful food production gardens, we can host a unique team building experience for you and your colleagues.

Please get in touch to begin planning your group’s personalized experience – info@eya.ca