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We're hiring a Manager, Fundraising & Communications!

22 Apr 2024

Are you a skilled fundraiser inspired by land-based education and equitable access to nature? Do you want to play a role in the continued growth of our organization and youth programs?

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Join our Board of Directors!

18 Apr 2024

Are you inspired by land-based education for equity-denied youth? Are you ready to step into a leadership role? Do you want to support local youth to lead the transition to a more just and sustainable future? We’re looking for a community member with experience and expertise in law to join our board of directors!

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Cultivating Climate Resilience

03 Apr 2024

In the bustling urban landscape, amidst concrete and steel, nature’s resilience shines through in the form of native plants like the Nootka Rose (Rosa nutkana). As we enter a new youth programming season, we are excited to feature this native plant that embodies the spirit of resilience and sustainability!

We're hiring a Program Manager, Land-based Education!

15 Mar 2024

Are you inspired by land-based education for equity-deserving youth? Are you a confident youth facilitator? Do you have experience managing teams and/or projects? We’re looking for someone to lead our land-based education team in delivering our youth education and stewardship programs.

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EYA's Relationship with the Vancouver Park Board

16 Feb 2024

Learn how EYA works with the Vancouver Park Board and how we could be affected by changes.

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A Guide To Our Youth-Grown Native Plant Seeds

18 Oct 2023

Got your hands on some native plant seeds and not sure what to do? Don't worry! We'll tell you all about their growing needs, and much more!

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Watch and Learn with Youth Habitat Crew!

29 Sep 2023

Watch this play list of short education videos on medicinal plants, honourable harvest, and weaving with invasive species!

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Read our 2022 Annual Impact Report!

27 Jul 2023

We’re still glowing from all the warm fuzzies at our AGM last night, where we officially released our latest Annual Report!

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You're invited to our Annual General Meeting!

05 Jul 2023

For the first time since 2019, our AGM will be held in person at Strathcona Community Gardens! We’d love for you to join us on Wednesday, July 26th at 6pm.

Hear it from our youth!

22 Jun 2023

In this video, four participants talk about their strengthened relationship with nature, the skills they learned, and what they enjoyed the most about the program.

Introducing our new Co-Executive Directors!

15 Jun 2023

As we say a heartfelt farewell to our Executive Director of almost seven years, Emily Keller, we’re excited to introduce EYA’s new Co-Executive Directors - Erica Ellis & Carmen Wong!

Watch online: Native Plant Garden Design

17 Apr 2023

Guided by botanist Kristen Miskelly of Satinflower Nurseries, this workshop will share key considerations on caring for native plants and discuss how plants can support biodiversity across a variety of urban habitats.

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Introducing our new brand and website!

05 Apr 2023

Our colourful new brand reflects EYA’s youthful identity and honours the land we steward.

And the winner is…EYA!

05 Apr 2023

Charity Village awards EYA Best Youth Engagement Organization (under 20 staff) for 2022.

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Support our Winter Fundraiser!

06 Feb 2023

Help us open the doors for equity-deserving youth pursuing land-based livelihoods.

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Rewilding Still Creek

06 Feb 2023

This spring and summer, 169 dedicated youth have been contributing to the ongoing restoration of native habitat along Still Creek – a three year project in partnership with Still Moon Arts Society.

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Meet our Youth Habitat Crew

06 Feb 2023

Meet EYA's Youth Habitat Crew: five inspiring youth who joined our team this summer for a three-month paid internship.

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Community-led Urban Wetland Project

06 Feb 2023

The project, in partnership with Strathcona Community Gardens, will increase climate resilience in the Downtown Eastside by creating a wetland ecosystem that will reduce flood risks, and increase biodiversity and Indigenous foodscapes.

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Plant Relative: Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

06 Jan 2023

Yarrow has a long history of being used medicinally around the world, including by many First Nations and the ancient Greeks. This plant relative is one of our favourites to grow in our youth programs.

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Plant Relative: Nodding Onion (Allium cernuum)

06 Jan 2023

Nodding Onion is an edible native plant with a similar taste to onion and chives. This plant relative can be found in many of our garden beds and meadows.

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Woodland Strawberry (Fragaria vesca)

06 Jan 2023

Strawberries aren't just delicious, the whole plant has many medicinal uses, too!

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Salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis)

06 Jan 2023

We love to snack on salmonberry in our programs, but always remember to leave plenty for the birds and other wildlife that rely on this foodsource.

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Big Leaf Lupine (Lupinus polyphyllus)

06 Jan 2023

Lupine is often grown in our youth programs. They’re easy to grow from seed and germinating lupine seeds is an excellent learning experience.

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2021 Year in Review and Annual Report

06 Mar 2022

We reflect back on the year and invite you to read our Annual Impact Report!

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