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 8 Take Back the Wild summits held in BC to date, which has trained over 200 young leaders.

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


Upcoming session: 


Take Back the Wild: Government Relations

CPAWS-BC is excited to announce that we will be hosting our first Government Relations summit in Victoria this November. The 2-day summit will be made up of presentations and workshops focused on how to effectively engage with decision makers and use the legislative process for social change. Following the summit, you will be encouraged to apply your government relations training by completing an assignment.

This summit is open to Take Back the Wild alumni and CPAWS-BC volunteers who have an interest in deepening their knowledge of working with government to forward conservation issues.

Click here to view a draft agenda for the summit.

Who: Take Back the Wild alumni or CPAWS-BC volunteers
When: November 27 - 28, 2017
Where: Victoria, BC
Cost: Free*
*Accommodation and meals will be provided for the summit. 
Applications are now closed. Click here to sign up for the CPAWS-BC newsletter for updates on when applications open for the next Take Back the Wild summit.

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

Past Cohorts:

Strathcona Provincial Park, April 28-30 2017. For residents of coastal BC.

Johnson's Landing, June 5-7 2015. For residents of the Kootenay region.

Tofino, March 6-8 2015. For residents of 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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