Rewilding Vancouver

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Understanding and promoting environmental education programming through community centres.

School:

UBC

Department:

Planning

Course:

PLAN 425: Urban Planning Issues and Concepts

Instructors:

  • Michael Leaf
  • Lili Friedler Shulman (TA)

City of Vancouver:

  • Dana McDonald | Parks Board
  • Rebecca Till | Arts, Culture & Engagement

Student Team:

  • Zoe Athans
  • Erica Mason
  • Briana Mussatto
  • Julius Rusko
  • Max Whiffin

Strategy:

  • Greenest City Action Plan (GCAP)

City goal area:

  • Access to Nature

Summary

This project was in collaboration with the Vancouver Board of Parks & Recreation which was looking for input & assistance in promoting Environmental Education programming through the city’s community centres. The City of Vancouver’s Environmental Education & Stewardship Action Plan & Biodiversity Strategy include implementation of Environmental Education (EE) as a primary goal.

We conducted interviews of five community centre. We found that these community centers currently offer only a handful of programs relating to Environmental Education or Outdoor Learning. Almost all of the programmers identified a lack of resources, staff time, & expertise as the key barriers to implementing new EE programs.

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