Take Back the Wild - Senior

Take Back the Wild: Raising the Voices is a CPAWS-BC project to bring a diverse and passionate group of seniors together to talk about conservation issues and learn how to take action by running their own conservation campaign.

We are excited to announce our second Take Back the Wild conservation training program for seniors! Raising the Voices first launched in 2016 and is a CPAWS-BC project adapted from our existing successful free programs for young people: Take Back the Wild. Following the success of the first program in the South Okanagan, our second program will provide conservation training for seniors in the Gulf Islands as Take Back the Wild: Raising the Voices of Gulf Island Seniors. This program will focus on marine conservation efforts in "Canada's most at-risk natural environment" (Parks Canada), the Southern Strait of Georgia.

*Note: The term "seniors" refers to anyone aged 60 and over.  


What is Take Back the Wild?

Take Back the Wild offers hands-on training for participants in engaging and connecting local communities in conservation efforts. This program seeks to identify, connect and engage a new network of conservation conscious citizens while educating and empowering participants to take action for their future and their communities. Participants have an opportunity to deepen their understanding of endangered ecosystems and current wilderness protection campaigns while furthering their passion for regional conservation.

Take Back the Wild includes leadership training, skills development, cultural exchange, mentorship, and networking opportunities. Participants will leave the training summits with an increased ability to collectively build capacity and expertise in designing and implementing an effective and efficient conservation project. Participants will be provided with subsequent opportunities to engage in a conservation project of their choice with support from a project mentor, thereby building expertise and leadership throughout B.C.

Take Back the Wild: Raising the Voices of Gulf Island Seniors

We are looking for aspiring conservationists to participate in the five-month program!

Our goal is to bring a diverse and passionate group of people together to learn from local leaders in conservation, to engage in dialogue on key components of campaign planning, and to inspire and celebrate regional conservation in action. Participants will use their collective knowledge and experience to generate meaningful solutions to marine conservation issues in the Southern Strait of Georgia.

All participants must commit to attending the two training sessions (each lasting 2-3 days) in November and be willing to work on a conservation project in subsequent months.

Who: Seniors (60+) living on the Gulf Islands or Southern Vancouver Island

When: November 2017 – April 2018

Cost: Free!* 

*Accommodation and meals will be provided during the summits 

Phase I: Conservation Training Summits (November 2017)

Summit A: November 14-16, Salt Spring Island

Participants will attend a three-day, two-night retreat at Stowel Lake Farm on Salt Spring Island.

Summit B: November 27-28, Victoria

Participants will attend a two-day, one-night retreat focused on working with the government to achieve conservation objectives.

Phase II: Participant-led Conservation Projects (December 2017 – April 2018)

Participants return to their respective communities empowered and ready to execute their conservation campaign or work on existing projects. Participants will be supported by CPAWS-BC staff and program mentors.

Phase III: Celebration (April 2018) 

In April participants and mentors will gather for one day to celebrate their achievements throughout the program.


Applications are now closed. 


For more information, please email Alana at or call 604-685-7445 ext 34.

Past Cohort: 

South Okanagan-Similkameen - November 2016- April 2017

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