The FVC’s goal of “promoting, facilitating and engaging in land stewardship activities” is met through our Community Outreach Program. This is accomplished through a variety of approaches so that members of the community can engage at a level with which they are comfortable:
Currently, our Precious Frog project offers fun, hands-on wetland field trips to Fraser Valley students.
The team at Precious Frog is dedicated to the recovery of the endangered Oregon Spotted Frog.
Each spring, during amphibian breeding season, they hold wetland field trips for elementary, middle, and secondary school students to learn about wetland ecosystems and see awesome wetland creatures up close.
As more youth learn about the importance of wetland ecosystems and the critters that share our home in the Fraser Valley, they begin to ask important questions about how they can make a difference in their communities.
The field trip program’s goal is to provide an unique opportunity to connect students with nature and encourage stewardship actions, with activities tailored to suit all ages and meet science curriculum targets.
Participating in Community Events
FVC staff, members and volunteers regularly attend and participate in community events that promote local conservation issues. Such events are a great way to learn and meet other conservation-minded individuals and organizations. Events that we regularly attend include:
- The Chilliwack-Vedder River Clean-up Days – we participate in this program to promote environmentally friendly behaviours and to help keep this valuable river system clean for the fish, birds and other wildlife who rely on this habitat.
- Informative displays at public event such as RBC’s Blue Water Day, BC Rivers Day, Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival, Ryder Lake Ramble, to name a few.
- Community Restoration events – we frequently organize large volunteer events to complete manual work on our conservation properties, such as planting trees, removing invasive plants, installing fences, and more. We provide on-site training, equipment and refreshments at these events and everyone has lots of fun working together to help restore the natural environment.
Notices of community events that we attend can be found on both our Facebook page and our News page as they are announced. If you sign up as a volunteer or a member you will receive automatic email notifications about upcoming events.
Fraser Valley Conservancy staff work on many projects, including but not limited to RLAPP, Precious Frog, Gordon’s Brook, Land Protection, and Owl Nest Box Monitoring. We love to share what we have learned, and often give presentations to community groups and schools. If you have an event you think we should attend, let us know! Send us an email.
Hosting Workshops and Training Opportunities
The FVC has access to very knowledgeable conservation experts both on staff and through our partner organizations. We endeavor to share this expertise with other volunteer organizations and the general public. Our ultimate goal is to build a strong base of informed Citizen Scientists in the Fraser Valley who will help be our eyes and ears on the ground finding rare species and special habitat features that may need to be conserved. We have developed species identification keys (see below) for the Fraser Valley, and continue to partner with other groups to find and fill knowledge gaps in our community. We currently provide informal training opportunities to local community groups upon request, and our Facebook page is regularly updated with fun and useful field facts and findings.