Youth

The Squamish Environment Society (SES) recognizes that educating young people about nature is essential if we wish to protect our environment. Our program for youth is not a separate set of activities, but rather an approach which seeks to integrate the work of many groups and individuals.  We have some projects created specifically for young people and we also welcome young people along with all others into our core programs, including monthly Estuary bird counts, Eagle Watch, and nature walks.

Eagle Watch Educational Presentations

On request, Eagle Watch Coordinators visit local schools to present educational sessions on the wintering eagles. When conditions permit, they also offer outdoor sessions.  School groups from outside Squamish are also welcome to schedule visits and presentations.

Estuary in a Box

SES is working on a pilot project: producing a resource box of study materials for Grades 6-9 to support student activities and research in the Estuary. The concept at this point is ‘Estuary In A Box’,  a container of oodles of hands-on materials for students to use under the guidance of a teacher with the Estuary as an outdoor classroom.

Interested?

SES in interested in providing more opportunities for young people to learn about nature. If you have ideas and would like to be involved, please contact us.

Also in the Squamish Area

Other organizations provide nature-based opportunities for youth in the Squamish area throughout the year.  The Squamish River Watershed Society offers special estuary education and restoration programs. Foragers School of Nature  has a variety of fee-based camps, clubs, and workshops.   Evans Lake Forest Education Society has forest education and outdoor education programs,  many in a camp setting. The Cheakamus Centre is an overnight field school and environmental studies facility.

Photo by Judith Holm