Apply for our 2019 Wildflower Meadow program!

July 10, 2019 Featured, Homepage, News

The 2019 East Van Wildflower Meadow Project will bring youth from diverse backgrounds together to participate in free eight (or nine) session experiential learning and stewardship programs in Strathcona Community Gardens. Youth participants will create three native wildflower meadows across East Vancouver to raise public awareness of the importance of converting traditional lawns into wildflower meadows that benefit native insects, including pollinators, and the broader ecological network within urban habitats. Using an established multi-year research methodology, youth will learn to identify and monitor native insects and pollinators to grow our understanding of the communities that these urban wildflower meadows support. Youth participants will also work directly with native plants, learning identification, habitat restoration techniques, as well as how these plants can be used to make practical medicines, such as salves.

PROGRAM DATES: August 6-16
TIME: Monday to Friday (except BC Day), 10:30am – 2:30pm
LOCATIONS: Strathcona Community Gardens & Cottonwood Community Gardens, Copley Community Orchard, Renfrew Ravine Park
APPLICATION PROCESS: Complete the online registration form and a Program Manager will be in touch to confirm registration:

This program is FREE! Upon completion of the program you will earn a small stipend for your time & commitment, gain community service hours towards graduation, and receive a certificate of participation from EYA.

There are 2 opportunities to join this program: As a Program Participant (youth aged 15 – 25) or as a Program Mentor* (youth aged 19-25, either alumni of a past EYA program or older youth with some relevant experience).

Space is limited in this program, so get your application in early! If you have questions about your application, please email Marika van Reeuwyk (

*NOTE: Program Mentors will act as leaders during the program, practicing leadership skills and assisting the EYA leaders to deliver the Wild Mind Program. Program Mentors will also commit to meeting for 1 leadership training and orientation day at the garden, as well as a final volunteer session program wrap-up (on the last day of the program).