The Rivershed Society of B.C. is looking for passionate people who are up for the trip – and the challenge – of a lifetime.
They are now accepting applications for the 2012 Sustainable Living Leadership Program (SLLP): a three-week field course that spans the length of the Fraser River.
From August 2 – 26, participants will journey by foot, van, canoe and raft from the Fraser’s headwaters near Valemount B.C. to where it meets the shores of Vancouver, 1,400 kilometers away.
The program, now in its ninth year, has developed an incredible curriculum. In the river’s upper reaches, participants hike through a 2,000-year-old ancient cedar grove and paddle through the Robson Valley. In the Fraser canyon, they ride whitewater rapids and observe traditional First Nations fisheries. In the lower stretches, they visit a working organic farm and paddle past log booms and big-box stores while learning about the impacts of urban and industrial development on salmon habitat.
The program’s founder, Fin Donnelly, has swum the Fraser River twice to raise awareness about threats to river ecosystems, and what can be done to protect them.
“There is no better way to learn about sustainability than to travel along the river, seeing first hand how the issues affect Fraser River communities,” says Donnelly, who also serves as the Member of Parliament for New Westminster, Coquitlam and Port Moody.
“Both experience and knowledge are powerful factors. The program combines experiential learning with knowledge to motivate, inspire and give people the tools they need to make change.”
The Rivershed Society covers 90 per cent of the program’s cost. As a result of its investment in the SLLP, the society has been able to build a diverse network of young, motivated leaders across the province. Many SLLP alumni have gone on to launch innovative projects and initiatives in their own communities.
Participants must be 19 years of age or older and physically fit. Community volunteer experience is an asset. The application deadline is May 18th.
For more information or to apply visit: www.rivershed.com
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Interviews with Fin Donnelly and SLLP alumni, and photos/video of past trips are available upon request.