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 1 – 3, 2018.

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:

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

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.

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. 

How to Apply

UBC Sustainability Initiative is happy to sponsor 10 spots for UBC students this year.

2018 Itinerary

Please keep in mind this itinerary is preliminary and dates and times are subject to change due to weather, logistics or other unforeseen circumstances:

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

Day 2 (June 2)
Paddle from Glen Valley to Derby Reach
Leadership activity
Nature sit stay
Paddle from Derby Reach to Colony Farm
Garden tour
Guest speakers and community dinner with Kwikwetlem First Nation
Closing circle

Day 3 (June 3)
Paddle from Colony Farm to New Westminster
Visit the Fraser River Discovery Centre
Guest speaker
Paddle from New Westminster to Musqueam
Nature sit stay
Final closing circle and ceremony

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