Three youth undergo Raincoast’s first year-long training program

This year's Salish Sea Emerging Stewards Program involved training three Junior Leaders.

Our Salish Sea Emerging Stewards program is designed to help inspire a new generation of conservation leaders in the Salish Sea. We connect local youth with Raincoast scientists and Indigenous knowledge holders through a variety of nature-based experiential learning activities.

In 2019 the program grew to include Junior Leaders – a year-long training program to develop leadership skills of these emerging stewards. The Junior Leaders trained with local scientists, educators and Indigenous knowledge keepers throughout the year to prepare to deliver a 3-day program for local high school students.

Just as the Junior Leaders were about to teach their 3-day classes on the Achiever vessel, the COVID-19 pandemic changed the world and our program switched to online learning. Watch this new video to see how the Junior Leader program impacted these three inspiring youth.

Raincoast is currently working on developing educational programming to help support student learning focused on environmental stewardship and conservation in the Salish Sea with a key component focused on incorporating Indigenous knowledge and perspectives.

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Help us protect KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest

Together with Pender Islands Conservancy, we are raising funds to purchase and permanently protect a 45 acre forested property on the edge of the Salish Sea. The KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest is located within the Coastal Douglas-fir (CDF) biogeoclimatic zone, one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in Canada. It is also among the most threatened in Canada. Protecting these forests is an investment in our collective future.

We are eight months into our  campaign and are 65% of the way to our fundraising goal. This acquisition is a tangible way that you can help protect forest lands and build climate resilience!