Help to Protect BC

Are you eager to get outdoors, get active, and get learning? Interested in having a real-world impact on your local community?

Our youth volunteers help to protect BC from new and spreading invasive species, by gaining expert knowledge of our local environment and ecosystem, and by taking meaningful action in the field.

While many of our projects take place in Greater Vancouver, Kamloops, and Williams Lake area, we welcome youth from all across the province to engage with this program. Whether you join us in person or online, you will quickly become an essential contributor to the program by developing resources, growing your knowledge and gaining new skills, exploring your region and preventing the spread of invasives!

Why Volunteer?

Our goal is to support healthy habitats and communities, keeping them free of invasive species. With the support of an ISCBC Facilitator, like-minded youth and young adults form teams. Those teams plan and carry out real-world activities -- on land, in parks and school yards, and in lakes and rivers. You’ll have the chance to get your hands dirty with fieldwork, engage in skill-building workshops, and develop your sense of place through connecting with land and Indigenous ways of knowing.

In addition to fun and memorable adventures, volunteers gain:

  • Practical, hands-on work experience
  • Training in habitat restoration, invasive plant management, leadership, public engagement and more
  • Volunteer/service hours
  • Professional references
  • Rewards (i.e. branded hats, T-shirts, jackets/hoodies, gloves, educational resources such as books, etc.)
  • A safe and inclusive space to feel welcome, supported, and valued
  • The good feeling that comes from protecting B.C.’s natural habitats for future generations to use and enjoy

Volunteer Milestones and Rewards

Volunteers will be able to hit four different milestones to recognize all their hard work and dedication to this program, and to their overall progress towards creating a healthy habitat for all.

Latest News

Williams Lake Volunteers working on the composting project at the Memory Garden

Williams Lake Volunteers working on the composting project at the Memory Garden

Kamloops volunteers removed invasive plants from the BC Wildlife Park this summer

Kamloops volunteers removed invasive plants from the BC Wildlife Park this summer

ISCBC on Social Media

Make “Play Clean Go” a habit! Hunters and gatherers moving through wild spaces increases the risk of spreading invasive species. Seeds can hitch a ride on pets, equipment, boots and clothing. This threat to biodiversity results in lost forage habitat for animals and competition for native plants. What can you do? Remove dirt, plants, and bugs from clothing, boots, gear, pets, and vehicles before AND after leaving trails and recreation areas.

Scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius) is an escaped garden ornamental, common west of the Coast-Cascade Mountains in southwest BC and the southern end of Vancouver Island. Dense thickets of Scotch broom increase wildfire fuel loads, limit movement of large animals and displace native plant species. ISCBC youth volunteer Matthew snapped this shot of Scotch broom pods in mid October. Volunteers are key contributors to the ISCBC invasive species photo library.

Japanese Beetle and Community Gardens: How Can You Help? Japanese Beetle is a serious invasive insect which damages ornamental, horticulture and agricultural plants. Learn about best practices gardeners can follow to avoid accidentally spreading this invasive pest!

Buy Local Burn Local! Did you know that moving firewood can spread invasive species and diseases? When camping this fall, protect your forests by keeping firewood local.

Join us for Webinar Wednesday: Impacts of Invasives in National Parks. Peter Tarleton, invasive plant program lead for Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks, dives into how invasives impact native flora and fauna.

Future Leaders

Our partners love volunteers. Just ask Nicci Burgunder with Matcon Civil Constructors:  "They're future leaders, they're our future politicians, they're our future project managers", says Nicci. You can get involved in your community and work alongside great partners like Nicci by signing up today! 

Nicci Burgunder of Matcon Civil Constructors on the importance of sharing knowledge with youth.

How is this funded?

Our Youth Volunteer program is generously funded by the Government of Canada under the Canada Services Corps program.

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Telephone: 250-305-1003 or 1-888-933-3722
Fax: 778-412-2248

#72 – 7th Avenue South, Williams Lake, BC, V2G 4N5

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