Every one of us has the power to make our environment a better place. Many individual actions can accumulate to have an astounding impact for positive change. The success of our Society depends on contributions by volunteers. Opportunities exist to: help run the Society, organize and participate in programs, and work on special projects. We are immensely grateful to all the many volunteers who have contributed to the Society since 1982.


Regular Opportunities (November through January ):

  • EagleWatch Volunteers – work with the Interpretive Program, sharing information about bald eagles and ethical eagle viewing with visitors, or as part of the Education Program for schools.

Each winter approximately 40 volunteers work four 2.5 – hour shifts during November, December and January, sharing information about bald eagles and the Squamish community. There is a mix of returning and new volunteers. New recruits are always welcome. Families are welcome. No experience is necessary. There are also opportunities to join the team that organizes EagleWatch.

Contact our EagleWatch Coordinator for more information and to Volunteer.

Annual Brackendale Winter Eagle Count

Contact our Volunteer Coordinator if you would like to participate.

Squamish Birders

Current Opportunties (ongoing):

Squamish Birders organize a monthly survey in the Squamish Estuary. The counts started in 1992 and provide one of the longest data sets in British Columbia. New and experienced birders are welcome. The birders group also participates in the Christmas Bird Count, the Breeding Bird Surveys, and other counts.

The Squamish Valley is identified as an Important Bird Area (IBA BC023) under Important Bird Areas Canada.

Events Team

The Events Team represents SES at a variety of local events. Team members set up our display and then work short shifts during the event. They provide information on programs, encourage people to join, and engage the public in conversation about all things natural and environmental.

If you are able to spend a couple of hours one or more times during the year to help represent SES to our community, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator. The table below has dates and locations of events where we may have opportunities to volunteer: some events and dates are tentative.

Upcoming Event Dates and Locations

DateEvent NameDescription
TBA April, 2020Earth DayActual date and location to be determined.
July 1, 2020Canada Day
TBA September, 2020Brackendale Fall Fair10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Brackendale Farmers' Institute Park
TBA September, 2020Quest Volunteer & Experiential Learning FairQuest Library
TBA September, 2020BC Rivers DayMcNaughton Park, Valleycliffe
TBA October , 202055 Wellness Fairthe 55 Activity Centre
TBA November, 202025th season of EagleWatch - Opening Ceremony and Opening Day Eagle Run dike
January 4, 2021Brackendale Winter Eagle Count7:30 am to 4:00 pm, based at Brackendale Art Gallery

Reviewing BC Timber Sales Proposals

Periodically, BC Timber Sales (BCTS) invites SES to review proposals such as blocks to be harvested or changes to old growth forest management areas. These review requests have a time limit. Anyone interested in conducting or helping conduct such reviews is welcome to get involved.

The most recent request was for questions and comments by March 1, 2021 on changes to the current operating plan for timber harvest in the Sea to Sky corridor. Please see our posting where documents and maps are available. 

Work Parties

If you have a couple of hours to spare, then a work party is a chance to get outside, network, and have some fun. Activities include sign and trail maintenance, invasive species removal, estuary clean-ups and other projects as inspiration strikes. Check our Facebook page for upcoming events.

Other Programs

New programs are added as people step forward to help organize them. If you are interested in: Young Naturalists, bio blitz, walks and talks, events/movie nights, please contact us. If you have another area of interest you want to work on, please contact us.

Photo by Judith Holm, SES tent at Canada Day 150, July 1 2017