Take Back the Wild - Seniors

Take Back the Wild: Raising the Voices is a new 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 launch a new stream of the Take Back the Wild conservation training program for seniors! Raising the Voices is a new CPAWS-BC project adapted from our existing successful free programs for young people: Take Back the Wild.

This project arose out of conversations with South Okanagan-Similkameen seniors who were eager to address the environmental baseline shift and the disconnection of successive generations to the environment. As such, the inaugural program will launch in this region as Take Back the Wild: Raising the Voices of South Okanagan-Similkameen Seniors.

*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 South Okanagan-Similkameen 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 conservation issues.

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

Who: Residents of the South Okanagan-Similkameen* aged 60 and above.
*For this program, the South Okanagan-Similkameen is inclusive of municipalities within the region south of Peachland, west of Osoyoos, east of Princeton, and their surrounding communities.
When: November 2016 – April 2017
Cost: Free

Phase I: Conservation Training Summits (November 2016)

Summit A: November 11-12 Rock Ridge Canyon, Princeton

Participants will attend a two day, two-night retreat.

Summit B: November 25-26, Penticton

November 25th - En'owkin Centre

November 26th - Shatford Centre

Phase II: Participant-led Conservation Projects (December 2016 – April 2016)

The 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) 

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

Due to overwhelming interest, the program is now at capacity and we are unable to accept additional participants at this time. Click here to sign up for CPAWS-BC's monthly newsletter to stay up to date on conservation campaigns, events, and programs in our province.

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


Funded in part by the Government of Canada’s New Horizon for Seniors Program.

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