About the Rivers Clinic for Environmental Leaders

About the Rivers Clinic for Environmental Leaders (RCEL)

Connecting students while paddling the mighty Fraser River

Join local student leaders for a 3-day trip down the Lower Fraser River.
June, 2019 (exact dates to be announced soon).

The Rivers Clinic for Environmental Leaders (RCEL) provides students from various campuses an opportunity to network and get inspired in an outdoor space. During this weekend program, you will:

  • Share knowledge on current projects and initiatives taking place on campus;
  • Discover leadership qualities through activity sessions;
  • Brainstorm ideas for solutions to local environmental issues;
  • Discuss environmental issues observed in local watersheds and communities;
  • Connect with nature through meditation;
  • Learn from facilitators and guest speakers, and;
  • Attend a dinner with the Kwikwetlem First Nation.

Bringing students together from different post-secondary schools is an important part of developing a stronger community. This clinic will encourage you to collaborate with other campuses and create the change you want to see in the world. 

Participants will be surrounded by the beautiful coastal rainforest while paddling and camping along the banks of the river. On the route between Kwantlen and Musqueam, you will also see the effects industrial and commercial development have on the local watershed.

How to Apply

UBC Sustainability Initiative is happy to sponsor 10 seats for UBC students this year. The other 10 seats available will be filled by students from other post-secondary institutions in the Lower Fraser River region.

2019 Itinerary

Dates and times are subject to change due to weather, logistics or other unforeseen circumstances:

Day 1 
Team building activities
Guest speaker
Nature sit stay
Closing circle

Day 2 
Paddle from Glen Valley to Derby Reach
Leadership activity
Guest speaker
Nature sit stay
Paddle from Derby Reach to Kwikwetlem
Colony Farm Community Garden tour (optional)
Dinner with Kwikwetlem First Nation
Bat tour with Colony Farm Park Association
Closing circle

Day 3
Paddle from Kwikwetlem to Brownsville Bar
Guest speaker
Nature sit stay
Paddle from Brownsville Bar to Musqueam
Final closing circle and ceremony

Thank you to the RCEL Sponsors:

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