Apply for the 2019 Native Plants for Birds program!

August 17, 2018 Homepage, News

The 2019 Plants for Birds program will engage dozens of high school-aged youth in free 8-week experiential learning and stewardship programs in Strathcona Community Gardens. Youth participants will grow hundreds of bird-supporting native plants and develop a native plant demonstration garden to raise awareness of the role of native plants in supporting native insects, and in turn, insect-eating native birds. The plants grown by youth participants will be distributed with educational materials to local organizations and schools to develop habitat gardens that provide important habitat for insect-eating birds and contribute to Vancouver’s ecological network.

PROGRAM DATES: March 2nd – April 27th (no session March 23rd)
TIME: Saturdays, 10am – 2pm
LOCATIONS: Strathcona Community Gardens & Cottonwood Community Gardens
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 14 – 25) or as a Program Mentor* (youth aged 17-25, either alumni of a past EYA program or older youth with some relevant experience).

This is a popular program and space is limited, so get your application in early! If you have questions about your application, please email Jess Henry (

*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 (meeting time will be 9am on Monday, July 16th before the program starts), as well as a final volunteer session program wrap-up (on the last day of the program).