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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Raincoast’s in-house scientists, collaborating graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and professors make us unique among conservation groups. We work with First Nations, academic institutions, government, and other NGOs to build support and inform decisions that protect aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, and the wildlife that depend on them. We conduct ethically applied, process-oriented, and hypothesis-driven research that has immediate and relevant utility for conservation deliberations and the collective body of scientific knowledge.

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Coastal wolf with a salmon in its month.
Photo by Dene Rossouw.