Forever Wild on Parks Day

  • Published on Jul 23 2012 |
  • by Nicola Hill |
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On July 21, Canadians from coast to coast got together in celebration for Parks Day. Parks Day is an annual event held across Canada on the 3rd Saturday of July. In Vancouver, CPAWS-BC held our “Forever Wild” presentation on national parks at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. Participants heard about how national parks are created, including the process and current initiatives around B.C that CPAWS is involved in to establish national parks and National Marine Conservation Areas such as the Flathead Valley and Southern Strait of Georgia. The Beaty museum was a perfect location for the talk as it is filled with a variety of different centrepiece collections from largest collection of plants in Western Canada to a fish collection that contains over 800,000 specimens.

Study Sets Out Path to Protect the Rocky Mountains’ Wildest Area


A new report was released today by the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) in collaboration with CPAWS-BC and Gregory Kehm Associates showing how we can plan to protect nature in light of climate change. It’s easy to get discouraged these days about the lack of concern and understanding around what is going to happen to wilderness and wildlife as our climate rapidly changes. I see the massive heat waves across the continent – 22 U.S. states declared a State of Emergency due to the excessive heat – and still nothing is done. It makes you wonder what it might take for people to be inspired to take action when there is a possibility that creatures we love, like the grizzly bear, could go the way of the wooly mammoth as their ranges get smaller and smaller...

Spending a week with 37 inspirational youth from across B.C.!

  • Published on Jul 11 2012 |
  • by Elyse Curley |
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Last week I was able to escape the office and get outside! I had the honour of hanging out with 37 inspiring 14-18 year olds from across B.C. at the Get Outside BC Youth Summit. As the coordinator of the project, I worked with CPAWS volunteers, as well as staff members from BC Parks, Mountain Equipment Co-op, and Child and Nature Alliance of Canada to host the Summit at North Vancouver Outdoor School near Squamish, B.C. The purpose of Get Outside BC is to engage a group of natural leaders from across the province who will then work to inspire other youth in their communities to get outside into nature. The project works to reverse the current trend of more and more youth spending most of their time indoors away from the wonders of nature...

Wild Champions run from start to finish!

  • Published on Jul 10 2012 |
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On June 24th, an enthusiastic group from CPAWS-BC ran the Scotiabank Half Marathon and 5k to raise money in furtherance of our cause. Jocelyn, a member of the Wild Champions team, decided to keep a photo blog to document the journey from start to finish! How to make a fundraising run more fun? Jenn came up with a brilliant idea: why not make it a salmon run?

MEC Bikefest Vancouver!

  • Published on Jun 28 2012 |
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We arrived at Athlete’s Village Plaza by False Creek for this year’s MEC Bikefest Vancouver expecting rain but luckily it turned out to be a gorgeous sunny Saturday! There was a great variety of tabling groups and activities so everyone from biking fanatics to 5 year olds on tricycles found something entertaining! Our own activity was to match on land and under water animals with their wild B.C. habitats (the kids loved out smarting their parents)! We had the classic grizzly bear and moose along with the largely unknown “butterfly of the ocean”...

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