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Geared toward university students and early career conservation professionals, River Clinics offer an opportunity to explore career paths, network, and learn about Watershed CPR (Connect, Protect, Restore) from professionals working in this field.
The 2021 River Clinic will feature:
Includes a self-guided course on Watershed CPR, talks from experts in the field of watershed stewardship, and opportunities to connect and network with like-minded students.
One In-Person River
Clinic Activity Day*
Students will have the opportunity to attend one of three in-person days of programming being offered during their River Clinic experience. Each program will be hosted at a Metro Vancouver park along the Fraser River and will feature two exclusive activities for students to learn about the habitat, ecology, significance, and conservation of the Fraser River watershed.
A Focus on Career
With pathways for students to learn about careers in conservation and resiliency-building built into every interaction, students will hear from professionals working to connect, protect, and restore the Fraser watershed as they learn about the many different ways to channel a passion for the environment into a career.
Registration for the 2021 River Clinic Experience is Now Open
Virtual and in-person River Clinic sessions run August 15 – September 12, 2021.
Students may register to attend the virtual sessions only, or they may register to attend both the virtual sessions and one in-person activity day of River Clinic programming. Virtual sessions are free to attend. The cost to participate in an in-person session is $20.
If cost is a limiting factor, please reach out to us via the contact information provided at the bottom of the page. Funding is available to cover the costs of registration for those in need.
Schedule of Programs
Virtual River Clinic sessions are an opportunity to connect with environmental professionals working on resiliency-building projects and initiatives currently underway in the Fraser Watershed.
Each hour-long session will include lightning talks on exciting work happening throughout the Watershed, as well as a dedicated space for students to ask questions, network and gain career advice from conservation professionals and leaders. These sessions are not typical webinar- style presentations – they are interactive opportunities to connect with like-minded students and professionals.
Virtual sessions will feature professionals working in the fields of:
• Indigenous governance
• Restoration and land-use planning
• Conservation education and interpretation
• Research biology
• Community engagement and organizing, and more!
Virtual sessions will occur weekly throughout the duration of the River Clinic experience. Additional information on each session will be sent to all registered participants. Click the button below to register and stay informed.
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In-person River Clinic sessions will offer students the chance to connect with each other and their watershed during an exciting day of programming at one of Metro Vancouver’s parks along the Fraser River.
Each in-person session will feature two exclusive opportunities to learn about stewardship and resiliency-building work happening in the Fraser Watershed. Like the River Clinic virtual sessions, all in-person sessions will include opportunities to network, ask questions, and learn about career paths of the day’s presenters.
In-person programs will run rain or shine and the schedule of events is subject to change. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the program, as well as providing their own bagged lunch and water. Please note: all programs will be run in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines issued by BC Public Health.
Students May Choose One of the Following In-Person Sessions
Program spaces are on a first come, first served basis when registering for the program.
No refunds will be offered within two weeks of the session’s start date.
Kanaka Creek Regional Park
Friday, August 27th | 9:00am – 4:30pm
Career Focus: Environmental Education and Science Communication
Tour the Bell-Irving Hatchery and learn about salmon conservation and education efforts with the Kanaka Education & Environmental Partnership Society. Take part in water quality monitoring exercises and learn about citizen science with Swim, Drink, Fish.
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Colony Farm Regional Park
Sunday, August 29th | 9:00am – 4:30pm
Career Focus: Organizing, Politics and Government
Tour Colony Farm Park’s habitat restoration project and take part in a discussion about Colony Farm Park Association’s advocacy work to protect the Fraser River. Hear from MLA and Rivershed Founder Fin Donnelly and take part in an interactive experience around civic action.
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Iona Beach Regional Park
Saturday, September 11th | 9:00am – 4:30pm
Career Focus: Environmental Research and Project Management
Tour a salmon research site with research biologist Dave Scott. Tour the Iona Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant and learn about how Metro Vancouver is taking into account environmental considerations in their plans for renovation. Note: long pants and closed-toed shoes are required for this session.