Take Back the Wild

Take Back the Wild brings B.C. youth under 35 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 exciting 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 about endangered ecosystems and current wilderness and ocean protection campaigns while furthering their passion for conservation in B.C.Take Back the Wild launched in October 2012 with 25 participants gathering in Vancouver and subsequently working on conservation projects around the province. There have been 5 Take Back the Wild summits held in BC to date, which have trained over 95 young leaders. 

Take Back the Wild includes leadership training, skills development, cultural exchange, mentorship and support, and networking opportunities. Participants will leave the weekend training with an increased ability to collectively build capacity and expertise in designing and implementing an effective and efficient conservation project. Take Back the Wild 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.

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 sessions: 
Marine Planning in the Great Bear Sea (North Coast)
This year is a special edition of Take Back the Wild, because young leaders from Prince Rupert and the surrounding area will be applying to an eight month long program and two summits. The initial summit will be in Prince Rupert, April 8-10, 2016 and the second summit will be in Victoria, October 2016.

We are seeking young leaders, under 35 from the North Coast who are connected to the Great Bear Sea in a variety of ways. Our goal is to bring a diverse and passionate group of people together, whether you enjoy exploring the coastal waters your family, work in the region or have another connection. During the Prince Rupert summit, you will learn about marine planning, how it affects the region, and start to uncover how you can be involved. Over the summer, participants will be responsible for developing projects, including developing a strategy and setting project goals related to marine planning. During the Victoria summit, you will practice speaking to government officials about marine planning, which will be shaped by your summer project. By the end of the program, you will understand how marine planning affects you, and how you can affect it.

Please download the application by clicking here (.pdf version) or clicking here (.doc version)
Deadline for applications and resumes has been extended to March 10, 2016 by 5 PM PST!

Help us share the word about this exciting opportunity! Download this poster and share it with your community!

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.


A huge thank you to our supporters for contributing funding to our Take Back The Wild - Kootenay Region Summit, taking place in Summer, 2015.

MEC supports impactful and strategic grassroots organizations who conserve ecologically and recreationally important places and who inspire and enable Canadians to experience nature and lead active outdoor lives. For more information on MEC's community involvement, please visit http://www.mec.ca/?utm_medium=partnership&utm_source=grantee.

Manulife Community Investment supports empowering communities – They are committed to the health and vitality of the communities. Manulife supports a wide range of social, educational and employment programs aimed at empowering children, youth and families, building social inclusion for all, and fostering economic and environmental sustainability.

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