Plants and People


Want to learn how to use wild plants for food, medicine, and fibre arts? Looking for a way to grow your leadership skills? In the Plants and People program, you will learn how to identify and harvest native and invasive plants, and use them for salves, teas, tinctures, baskets, and weaving. You’ll also have a chance to learn from Indigenous Knowledge Keepers, artists, and Elders. You’ll also meet new friends, gain experience for your resume, and earn money while you’re at it! 


Programs are open to youth ages 14-18 who identify as BIPOC*, LGBTQ2S+, living with a disability, and/or are targeted by other systemic barriers.

*BIPOC stands for Black, Indigenous, and Person of Colour (we define Person of Colour as South Asian, Chinese, Filipino, Latin American, Arab, Southeast Asian, West Asian, Korean, Japanese, or ancestry from places other than Europe. This also includes youth of mixed-race identities. For example, someone who is of part European, part Latin American ancestry).

Lunch is provided & bus tickets are available upon request.



  • Summer 2023 programs TBD

Our programs are packed with team work, successional land-based teachings and visits from respected guests, so we ask that you attend all program days. If you know in advance that you must miss more than one day, we kindly ask that you apply for a different or future program.


You will receive a $20 honorarium for each day attended, a maximum of $160 based on attendance.

Please note: The honorarium cannot be paid out if participants attend less than four days of the program.


Strathcona Community Gardens (759 Malkin Ave.)


Applications for this program are currently closed – keep an eye on this space for future opportunities!


Questions? Our Senior Program Coordinator would be happy to hear from you: Deandra Atmojo, or 604-689-4446


COVID-19 UPDATE (please find our full policy here): EYA is planning for in-person programs with some changes 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 run virtual programs instead. All program activities will adhere to guidelines and regulations of the BC Health Authority. 

  • Categories: Gardening, Indigenous Knowledge, Medicinal Plants, Native Plants

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