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East Kootenay Conservation Program Annual Meeting - Sept 21-22

East Kootenay Conservation Program Annual Meeting - Sept 21-22

EKCP’s Annual Meeting: Kootenay Connections
September 21-22, 2012 - Creston, BC

 
Come celebrate EKCP’s transformation into the Kootenay Conservation Program, or KCP, as they formalize their expansion of services Kootenay-wide and build upon their tradition of conserving natural areas for Kootenay communities.

Kootenay Connections is a festive and informative event to showcase and celebrate conservation in the Kootenays. So if you haven’t already done so, mark your calendar and plan on joining the celebration! Registration will begin in mid-July, so please watch for announcements.

Friday, September 21st  *begins at 10:00am
Full day of panel discussions and small group sessions, trade fair, social hour & entertainment, recognition awards, and delicious meals featuring local food.

Saturday, September 22nd   *ends by 2:00pm
Partial day of field tours and a picnic lunch visiting important sites for conservation in the Creston area.

Location: Ramada Creston located at the junction of Highway 3 and Highway 3A.

For room reservations at Creston Ramada call 250-254-1111 and mention KCP. KCP has reserved a block of rooms. Mention you are with the Kootenay Conservation Program to receive a special rate.

For more information, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education Webinars

National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education Webinars

Announcing the availability of a webinar series presented and recorded by the National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education in 2012.

The series included six webinars. The first one provided an overview of the National Project for Excellence in EE.  Each of the other webinars focused on one of five sets of guidelines:

  • Environmental Education Materials: Guidelines for Excellence
  • Excellence in Environmental Education: Guidelines for Learning (k-12)
  • Guidelines for the Preparation and Professional Development of Environmental Educators
  • Nonformal EE Programs: Guidelines for Excellence
  • Early Childhood EE Programs: Guidelines for Excellence

All six webinars were recorded and can now be accessed by visiting eelinked.net/n/guidelines.

G.A.S.P.: Glacier Adventure Stewardship Program

G.A.S.P.: Glacier Adventure Stewardship Program

GASP is a film that captures the enthusiasm of youth as they become the first participants of the Glacier Adventure Stewardship Program. The film portrays the sense of wonder in youth as they discover Glacier National Park—a gem in their own back yard. Professionals volunteer to share their love of photography, mountain travel and music with the youth over their three day stay at Wheeler Hut. In return for their learning and experience, in the weeks following the GASP weekend, youth spend time giving back to the Park and the community through a variety of stewardship opportunities, including research of salamander, frog and pika, as well as helping at
community events. GASP—it breathes life into youth as they discover the mountain environment.

This program is available to be booked for grades 9 and 10 in Revelstoke this year. For more information, contact:

Alice Weber
Outreach Education Officer
Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Park
PO Box 350 Revelstoke, British Columbia V0E 2S0
Phone: (250) 837-7528    
Fax: (250) 837-7536
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Two FREE upcoming courses will teach Kootenay residents to map & protect local wetlands!

Two FREE upcoming courses will teach Kootenay residents to map & protect local wetlands!

Did you know that wetlands, one of the most important life-supporting ecosystems on earth, are rapidly disappearing from our province? In developed areas, such as Nelson and Castlegar, many of BC’s watery “kidneys” and “ecological supermarkets” have already vanished, and this is why we need engaged citizens to take an active role in protecting those that remain.
The BC Wildlife Federation’s Wetlands Education Program is coming to the Kootenays and will hold two environmental stewardship workshops for local residents. These valuable courses are being brought to the Castlegar-Nelson area free of charge:

Wetlandkeepers Course, June 1-3, 2012
Castlegar BC

Get involved in wetland conservation!
In this 2.5 day workshop you will learn about wetland types & functions, gain hands-on experience with inventory and mapping, wetlands soil, vegetation & wildlife surveys, and invasive riparian and aquatic species management. You’ll leave with the tools, resources and support necessary to begin your own stewardship project! This course is brought to Castlegar in partnership with the Castlegar & District Wildlife Association and with the Central Kootenay Invasive Plant Committee.
Click here to register and here for the poster.
For questions, contact Neil Fletcher
toll free:        1-888-881-2293     ext. 232
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Map Our Marshes Workshop, June 9, 2012
Nelson, BC

Identify & conserve small under-appreciated wetlands!
Get connected to the Community Mapping Network!
An introduction to wetland ecosystems, values and stewardship. You will learn how to use basic GPS techniques to protect wetlands and identify conservation needs in your community. This wetland mapping and rapid assessment workshop (Puddle Project) is a 1 day course that will train up to 25 participants on how to evaluate wetlands for stewardship needs. A great project for community volunteers, schools, consultants, planners and anyone passionate about healthy watersheds. This workshop is brought to Nelson in partnership with the Nelson District Rod & Gun Club.
Click here to register and here for the poster.
For questions, contact Neil Fletcher
toll free:        1-888-881-2293     ext. 232
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Member Feature: Susie MacDonald

Member Feature: Susie MacDonald

Susie MacDonald

Being outdoors in nature has always been an important part of my life since childhood camping trips. Choosing new paths to follow through the woods, or life, has always been a great joy.

My professional career started with a Bachelor of Science-Biology with a specialty in Microbiology. After several years in a research lab a new path wondered to Florida, and a myriad of positions and opportunities to indulge in sailing and scuba diving. Another fork in the path took me to Peruvian mountains and jungles for some time in resource extraction. 

I came to BC in 1991, and all of my background and outdoor passion kicked into gear as a volunteer with Girl Guides and the Young Naturalists Club.  Training in Project WET and WILD in the late 90’s brought me into another world of environmental education.  This has been the path that my feet have been glued to with certainty and conviction! 

Currently I am still a facilitator for Wild BC programs. Not only are these excellent resources for anyone teaching environmental/outdoor education but the facilitators have become another family for me.  In 2008 I was contracted by CBEEN to take on the management and expansion of the Wild Voices for Kid program. This has been rewarding and challenging both, as all good things in life are!

It has been a pleasure to see CBEEN grow, and encompass more of our Basin Brotherhood of environmental educators!

Happy Trails!

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