EYA helps youth cultivate a lifelong love for nature and grow environmental leadership skills.
ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL YOUTH ALLIANCE
Founded in 1989, EYA engages and empowers youth to create meaningful, positive change for our community and environmental health. Our programs cultivate transformative nature experiences for youth in urban spaces to foster community connectedness, build environmental stewardship skills, and enhance well-being and access to green space in Vancouver.
Each year, EYA engages over 1,000 youth in free classroom, after-school, and weekend programs, providing hands-on nature experiences and outdoor environmental education in an urban setting.
Native Plant Nursery - engaging inner city youth to grow and distribute thousands of free native plants, trees, and shrubs to support a network of wildlife gardens across the city.
Wildlife Citizen Science - working with a team of youth volunteers to monitor bee and bird populations in parks and green spaces, collecting data to help inform wildlife habitat conservation.
Pollinator Stewardship - engaging youth to learn to design, plant, and maintain urban pollinator habitat and raise and give away hundreds of native pollinator cocoons each year to schools and community groups.
Wild Mind School - working with teachers to deliver a 4-series classroom program urban biodiversity, taking biology out of the textbook and into the schoolyard.
What People Are Saying
"I'm more knowledgeable about native plants and appreciative of the environment around me. I've started branching out, contacting other groups, and taking on more individual projects to get the word out: our environment needs us and we need our environment - getting active is where you start."
— Gegan, age 16, EYA program participant