Take Back the Wild

Take Back the Wild brings B.C. young adults under 30 together for professional training in order to support their desire to lead effective, results-driven conservation projects.

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

Take Back the Wild includes leadership training, skills development, cultural exchange, mentorship, and networking opportunities. Participants will leave the training summit 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 BC.

Take Back the Wild launched in October 2012 and there have been 6 Take Back the Wild summits held in BC to date, which has trained over 100 young leaders.

Check out the video from our the Take Back the Wild - Tofino summit 2015!

Take Back the Wild Conservation Leadership Training 2014 from CPAWS BC on Vimeo.

Take Back the Wild Conservation Leadership Training 2012 from CPAWS BC on Vimeo.


Upcoming session: 

Take Back the Wild: Marine Conservation

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

Our goal is to bring a diverse and passionate group of young people together to learn from local leaders in marine conservation, to engage in dialogue on key components of campaign planning, and to inspire and celebrate marine 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 training summit and be willing to work on a conservation project in subsequent months.

Who: Residents of the BC's coast aged 18 to 30.
When: April – October 2017
Cost: Free*
*This program is free to participate in, accommodation and meals will be provided for the summit. Travel grants are also available for those traveling to attend the summit.  

Phase I: Marine Conservation Training Summit (April 2017)
Develop the knowledge, skills, and capacity to participate in marine conservation and planning in your region through workshops and presentations.

Phase II: Participant-led Marine Conservation Projects (May – October 2017)
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.


Click here to view the application form. 
Applications are open until midnight on Thursday, March 23rd.

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

Past sessions:
Johnson's Landing, June 5-7 2015. For residents from the Kootenay region.

Tofino, March 6-8 2015. For residents from coastal communities in B.C.

Gambier Island 2014: March 7-9 2014. For Vancouver and Lower Mainland residents.

Prince Rupert: September 27 to 29, 2013. For residents of the north and central coast of B.C.

Vancouver: October 12 to 14, 2012. For Vancouver, Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island residents.

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

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