Petites idées 10 000 $

Description :

The BC Wildlife Federation (BCWF) Youth Program consists of three main programs:
Wild Kidz is a day-camp program that aims to educate, inspire, and encourage children to get outside and appreciate the outdoors and their community. By providing introductory outdoor education programming Wild Kidz sparks interest and appreciation for nature in terms of fish, wildlife, and habitat. Wild Kidz is held in different locations across BC and change year to year. In 2019, camp will be held in Castlegar, Abbotsford, Windermere, and Kamloops.

Go Wild! Youth for Conservation (Go Wild) is a day-camp program that aims to educate and help develop British Columbia’s future leaders of conservation. By providing science/fact-based information through lessons, games, and workshops, Go Wild prepares its youth participants to not only understand but also share and use the information they receive in their community. Go Wild is held in different locations across BC and change year to year. In 2019, camps will be held in Kamloops and potentially in the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island.

The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) British Columbia is an archery program available to BC schools as well as other community groups (e.g. archery clubs, camps, BCWF clubs, etc.) that focuses on encouraging physical activity and education for youth. NASP provides a structured archery curriculum that allows participants to develop and improve their archery marksmanship as they mature through grades 4-12. Not only does this program encourage youth access and engagement in archery, it also promotes an interest in outdoors skills.

In 2018, the BCWF Youth Program reached over 1300 youth between Wild Kidz, Go Wild, and NASP with indirect engagement reaching over 2000 (e.g. parents, siblings, instructors, community partners, volunteers, etc.)

Community engagement with Wild Kidz and Go Wild:
Wild Kidz and Go Wild are pop up summer day camps that are held in different locations in BC. The camps’ goal is to bring affordable, high-quality outdoor educations to youth in communities who typically do not have access to it.

Both programs revolve around place-based learning. Place-based learning entails teaching big concepts and relating them to a local (community) setting. For example, both Wild Kidz and Go Wild run a learn-to-fish program. When this program is taught, the program is modified to teach about local fish in the area and environmental issues they face. Through place-based learning, youth engage more with their local environment and community.

Lastly, both camps seek out and partner with local organizations. Wild Kidz and Go Wild are typically hosted by local BCWF clubs. The clubs provide a venue for the camps as well as volunteers that help staff facilitate the camps. These volunteers are experienced hunters and anglers who provide their expertise and knowledge to teach youth about fish, wildlife, and habitat. Aside from the BCWF clubs, Wild Kidz and Go Wild also seek out other youth or environmental groups. Past examples include: municipal governments, nature centres, First Nation centres, lions’ clubs, local store owners, conservation officers, biologists, RCMP officers, carpenters, and many more.

Community engagement with NASP:
NASP engages roughly 1200 students every year. There are at present 13 activities schools and the number is growing. Major NASP communities are in the Thompson-Okanagan and the Skeena regions.

NASP is very inclusive. Based on a 2017, 58% of NASP students feel more connected to their school because of NASP. Part of this is NASP creates opportunities for students who are not consider athletic (e.g. students with physical and mental disabilities). Moreover, 40% of students claimed they NASP made them work harder in the classroom. In closing, NASP has a major effect on school communities.

Broker supported

British Columbia Wildlife Federation

Emplacement : British Columbia, Canada