River Clinic for Empowered Youth

River Clinic for Empowered Youth (RCEY)

Connecting students while paddling the Upper Nechako River

Join local youth for a 5-day trip in the Nechako wilderness.
August 1-5, 2019.

The River Clinic for Empowered Youth (RCEY) teaches young environmental leaders the skills they need to feel confident in an outdoor setting, while delivering detailed curriculum about the Nechako River and the challenges it faces. A field course style approach is used to help participants understand the effects of climate change on their local environment and give them tools for initiating change.

  • Creation of a youth network passionate about the Nechako Watershed;
  • Increased outdoor skills and leadership capabilities;
  • Strengthened bond between the participants and their watershed;
  • Greater awareness of challenges threatening the Nechako River; and
  • Youth delegation to present to the Nechako Watershed Roundtable.

This five-day paddle program empowers students to be confident young leaders by providing educational sessions, guest speakers appearances, group discussions and various leadership activities – under the backdrop of a wilderness expedition.

Students spend the first day of the journey on Hogsback Lake where they complete a Level 1 Voyager Paddle Course by certified guides. In 26’ canoes, they travel on the Upper Nechako River, starting at Cheslatta Falls and ending in Greer Creek.

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2019 Itinerary

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

Day 1 (August 1)
Opening Circle and Introduction
Voyager Paddler Course Level 1
Tour of Sturgeon Hatchery
Restoration in the Nechako Session
Community Dinner
Guest Speaker – Local First Nation History
Closing Circle

Day 2 (August 2)
Drive to Kenney Dam
Tour Kenney Dam
Impacts of Dams Session
Drive to Cheslatta Falls
Leave No Trace Camping Session
Wilderness Safety Skills Workshop
Closing circle

Day 3 (August 3)
Watershed Concepts Session
Stream Keepers Monitoring Intro
Nature Sit Stay
Connection to Nature Session
Guest Speaker – Cultural History

Day 4 (August 4)
Climate Change Overview
Creating Change Session
Leadership Activities
Nature Walk and Natural History Lesson

Day 5 (August 5)
Outdoor Games
Paddle to Greer Creek
Nature Sit Stay
Drive to Fort Fraser
Northern Communities & Resources Session
Final Closing Circle
Ceremony and Group Photo

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River Clinic for Empowered Youth (RCEY)

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