Nature Stewards

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Nature Stewards

These free multi-week programs will support you to develop skills to care for nature in your community, including growing native plants, restoring wildlife habitat, and working with plant medicines.

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Program Themes

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Program Details

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    Location
    Strathcona Community Gardens (759 Malkin St) and Renfrew Ravine (3998 Renfrew St)

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    Summer Program Dates

    All programs run from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM

    Rewilding I | June 15 - Aug 14 | June Saturdays, July & Aug Wednesdays | 10 Sessions

    Nature Stewards Leadership | June 16 - Aug 16 | June Sundays, July & Aug Fridays | 10 Sessions

    Plants & People I | July 2 - Aug 20 | Tuesdays | 8 Sessions

    Rewilding II | July 2 - July 18 | Tuesday - Thursday | 9 Sessions

    Plants & People II | Aug 6 - Aug 16 | Tuesday - Friday | 8 Sessions

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    Eligibility
    Youth ages 14-18 who identify as Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, 2SLGBTQIA+, living with a disability, or from other equity-denied communities.

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    Supports
    You will receive up to $20/day honorarium based on attendance and youth must attend a minimum of 4 program days to receive an honorarium. Lunch and bus tickets are provided. We also have some outdoor clothing available to borrow, including rain jackets and boots.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Program In Action

Four young women are standing outside around a table. They are handling and preparing seedlings to plant.

Youth participants learn to grow and care for native plants in EYA’s nursery.

Four young women are standing outside around a table. They are handling and preparing seedlings to plant.
A group of youth are standing and kneeling outside in a green field surrounded by trees. They are making gestures with their hands and are happily posing.

A group of Nature Stewards youth in Strathcona Community Gardens.

A group of youth are standing and kneeling outside in a green field surrounded by trees. They are making gestures with their hands and are happily posing.
A group of youth are standing around a table outside working on a project together.

Youth participants learn to make salves and teas from medicinal plants.

A group of youth are standing around a table outside working on a project together.
Two young women are wearing masks and standing outside. They are wearing gardening gloves and holding a gardening tool.

Youth participants help to restore wildlife habitat at Renfrew Ravine.

Two young women are wearing masks and standing outside. They are wearing gardening gloves and holding a gardening tool.
A smiling young man is wearing a mask and gardening gloves. He is holding a root in his hands.

Youth participants help to remove invasive plants like Himalayan blackberry.

A smiling young man is wearing a mask and gardening gloves. He is holding a root in his hands.

“I am able to recognize more plants and birds, which makes me feel more connected with nature. Being able to understand nature more makes me more likely to take care of and consider the environment around me.”

— Participant

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Have Questions? Let’s Connect

Erica Ellis
Co-Executive Director, Programs & Operations
(She/Her)

Erica is 2nd generation Japanese on her mother’s side and 6th generation mixed European on her father’s side. She grew up as an uninvited guest on the traditional lands of the Skwxwú7mesh Peoples in North Vancouver where she fell in love with nature. An upbringing on these lands inspired Erica to pursue a degree in Natural Resource Conservation, then a Master’s in Education for Sustainability at UBC.

Erica can now be found in Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) with her partner Brennan and dog Valley, where she spends her time cooking Japanese food, spending time outside with family, and tending to her garden.

erica@eya.ca

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