Campbell River’s Youth Has Invaluable Green Impact
What better way to learn about environmental issues – than tackling them hands on? At Greenways, we support environmental education in the public school curriculum. Our school programs allow students to connect with course material in a meaningful way -and become stewards of their local ecosystems. In 2021/22, students learned about and removed invasive plant species; supported the ecosystem by planting native species; contributed to creek & estuary restoration; built and installed habitats for birds, bees, insects and reptiles; and contributed to ongoing site management with photo-point surveys.
Students, teachers and stewardship volunteers donated over 1,700 hours in 2021/22
- Hosted 90 ecological education and stewardship outings
- Built native plant gardens at Southgate Middle School and installed signage with plant names in Liq’wala, English, and scientific names
- Removed more than 1,275kg of invasive species from local ecosystems
- Planted more that 1,300 native trees and shrubs in Campbell River green spaces, including 2nd and McPhedran and Sandowne Trail
- Assisted with Ecole Willow Point’s “Gravel to Green” outdoor classroom and native plant garden
- 7 school gardens are now part of our online volunteer database
- 6 interpretive walks
- 2 trails maintained in the Beaver Lodge Forest Lands by class groups
- Took 3 school groups to the spring fish fence to help with Coho salmon smolt data collection
- Continued engagement and collaboration with teachers and students in plantings, invasive removal, and watershed education.
- Continue with our Environment Canada EcoAction Grant: “Junior Streamkeepers Phase II: 2022-2025”
- Habitat improvement activies with classes on Treeland Detention Pond and continuing at Denman Detention Pond
- Junior Streamkeepers’ Seed Starting program starting in schools – Growing native plant species indoors to later plant out in EcoAction restoration sites
“Nature is a tool to get children to experience not just the wider world, but themselves”. [Stephen Moss]
Are you a teacher? If you want to learn more about our school programs, please contact us via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call 250-287-3785.