Apply for our free Summer Youth Programs!

May 5, 2022 Uncategorized

Applications for our free Summer Programs are now open! 

COVID-19: EYA has policies in place to keep you and your family safe from COVID-19. Visit for full details. 

In our Summer programs you will…

  • Connect with the land
  • Get to know the plants and animals in your neighbourhood
  • Meet new friends
  • Grow your leadership skills
  • Gain experience for your resume
    … and earn money while you’re at it!

Programs are open to youth ages 14-18 who identify as BIPOC*, LGBTQ2S+, living with a disability, and/or targeted by other systemic barriers.

*BIPOC stands for Black, Indigenous, and Person of Colour (we define Person of Colour as South Asian, Chinese, Filipino, Latin American, Arab, Southeast Asian, West Asian, Korean, Japanese, or ancestry from places other than Europe. This also includes youth of mixed-race identities. For example, someone who is of part European, part Latin American ancestry).


You will receive a $20 honorarium for each day attended (max $160 – 240, program-dependent!). Lunch is provided and bus tickets are available. Please noteThe honorarium cannot be paid out if participants attend less than four days of the program. 


Programs are based primarily at Strathcona Community Gardens (759 Malkin Ave) with field trips to Renfrew Ravine (3998 Renfrew St.) and other parks and gardens in Vancouver.

We have 4 programs open for registration this Summer:

Rewilding – Wetlands & Wildlife 
You’ll learn about ecological restoration and work with a team of youth to restore habitat for wildlife around Still Creek in Renfrew Ravine, and Strathcona Park. You’ll gain skills that can help you get a job, including how to remove invasive species, plant native species, and identify plants and wildlife.

  • June 12 – Aug 19     I   Sundays in June, Fridays in July & August, 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM | 10 sessions
  • July 4 – July 27     I   Monday – Wednesday (for 4 weeks), 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM | 12 sessions

Seed Generation (run in partnership with Red Fox Healthy Living Society)
You’ll learn about Indigenous land stewardship, traditional foods and medicines, decolonization and Indigenous cultures and histories. You’ll also help to restore wildlife habitat along Still Creek – one of the only streams left in Vancouver. You’ll also go on weekly recreation outings to try new activities like biking, rock climbing, exploring parks, mini golf, and more!

  • Garden Sessions: June 11 – Aug 18 | Saturdays in June, Thursdays in July & Aug, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM | 11 Sessions
  • Recreation Outings: June 8 – August 30 Wednesdays in June 4:00 PM – 7 PM, Mondays in July & Aug 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM | 13 Sessions

Plants and People
You’ll learn about plants native to coastal British Columbia and how to use wild plants for food, medicine, and fibre arts. You will learn how to identify and harvest native and invasive plants, and use them for salves, teas, tinctures, baskets, and weaving. You’ll play loads of games and group activities to build relationships with your peers.

  • Aug 8 – Aug 18 Monday – Thursday (for 2 weeks), 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM | 8 Sessions

Phone us at 604-689-4446 or email Deandra, our Senior Program Coordinator at with any questions.

EYA operates on the unceded traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish people).


Use THIS LINK or the form below to apply!