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, EagleWatch, and nature walks.
Eagle Watch Educational Presentations
On request, EagleWatch 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.
Science Fair Award
SES has established a special award in the Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair (GVRSF). The award is for $200 per year, based on a generous donation by a member. It is available to students from Grade 7 to Grade 12 in Sea to Sky School District 48, for an outstanding project that investigates topics of wildlife and habitat preservation and sustainability of natural ecosystems in the Sea to Sky region. If a suitable project cannot be selected, the award will be deferred to the next year.
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