This spring, our dear friend of the Nature Centre, and former environmental educator, Jim Wisnia will be removing A LOT of hair to help us move forward with what lies ahead for the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre.
Every once in a while we must remove the hair from our eyes to see what is ahead of us!
The 2019 Great Blue Heron Hair-off will support our endeavors in monitoring, learning and teaching about the Great Blue Heron. Funds donated here will move us closer to purchasing and installing a monitoring camera to be located near the Cowichan Bay Heron Rookery, the largest on Vancouver Island. Feed from the camera will be shared live over the internet and will be visible around the world. Giving us a chance to come a little closer and know a little more of our neighbour and key figure of the bay.
To take our fundraising campaign high into the sky, also calls for keeping our work rooted in action on the ground. We can think of no better way to achieve this than to inspire the next generation of leaders. Funds donated here will also go to support children and youth scholarships towards attending our nature school programs, summer science camps, annual youth leadership in nature training and restoration field work.
Jim’s fundraising goal is $9,000
To give you an idea of the projects your gift will support and how funds may be distributed:
- Purchase a live-feed video camera for monitoring the heron nesting colony ($1500)
- Support a Restoration Biologist and a Youth Educator in mentoring and teaching a youth group in riparian habitat restoration in the Cowichan and Koksilah Watersheds ($900)
- Bring 15 high-school-age youth to the 2019 Youth Leadership Training: Engagement for Healthy Watersheds ($1500)
- Deliver a day-long Whole Watershed Thinking workshop for youth ($1500)
- Bring five children from low-income families to a nature immersion summer science camp ($1100)
- Bring five classes from low-income neighbourhoods to the Centre’s nature immersion programming ($1000)
- Hire an educator to develop French language nature immersion programming ($1500)
Campaign closes on Earth Day, April 22nd.