Apply for our free Summer Youth Programs!

Applications for Summer programs are NOW CLOSED. Please check back in August to apply for Fall programs.

COVID-19 & EYA: We have practices in place (approved by Vancouver Coastal Health) to keep you and your family safe. We’re carefully monitoring updates from health authorities – if it isn’t possible to run in-person programs, we will transition to virtual programming instead. Find our full policy here.  

In our Summer programs you will…

  • Connect with the Earth
  • 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.

You will receive up to $200 honorarium, based on attendance. Please noteThe honorarium cannot be paid out if participants attend less than half the days.

Lunch is provided and bus tickets are available.

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:

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 two camping trips – one overnight in the city at the UBC Farm, and a second two-night trip outside of Vancouver! The Seed Generation programs also includes recreational outings on Wednesday evenings, 4-7pm.

  • Saturdays, May 29 – July 3  AND Fridays, July 9 – Aug 6, 11 AM – 4 PM

Rewilding Still Creek (Wildlife Focus)
You’ll learn about ecological restoration and work with a team of youth to restore habitat for salmon and birds along Still Creek in Renfrew Ravine, one of Vancouver’s only remaining urban streams. 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.

  • Saturdays, July 3 – August 28 (skip BC Day July 31), 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM
  • Thursdays, July 8 – August 26, 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Plants and People
You’ll learn how to identify and harvest native and invasive plants, and use them for food, salves, teas, tinctures, baskets, and weaving. You’ll have a chance to learn from Indigenous Knowledge Keepers, artists, and Elders. You’ll also meet new friends, and gain great experience for your resume!

  • Wednesdays, July 7 – August 25, 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Phone us at 604-689-4446 or email the Program Manager (Marika) at marika@eya.ca with any questions.

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

Applications for Summer Programs are now closed. Apply here.

Please check back in August to apply for Fall programs.