Celebrating a Successful First Year for Oakvillegreen Conservation Association Youth Stewards

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Oakvillegreen Conservation Association Youth Stewards (OCAYS) wrap up for the 2016-2017 Season! 

The first year of the OCAYS program was a wonderful success with over 160 students, aged 13-18, participating in monthly ecological training workshops and monitoring projects. The OCAYS learned a lot, got inspired and carried out some important monitoring and conservation work!  Workshops this year focused on pollinator conservation, salamander monitoring, invasive species, identifying trees and plants, learning from arborists in the field, and banding birds. Thanks to our wonderful workshop facilitators and program supporters, including: Ontario Nature, Conservation Halton, Fern Hill School,  CYAN, Halton Green Screens, Ontario Invasive Plant Council, Town of Oakville, Jeff Dickie, Victoria MacPhail and Sheridan College’s Sustainability Office team.

We are celebrating the accomplishments of the OCAYS and capping off this season’s program at Shell Park on June 3rd with a restoration planting and leadership event. It’s not too late to join in the fun and earn your volunteer hours doing it! All Oakville youth (13-18) are welcome to attend! OCAY participants who have completed their program requirements will be receiving their completion certificates at this event.  To find out more about the OCAY program and sign up to get notified about future events please visit: OCAYS.

OCAY monthly meetings will resume in September 2017!

All youth planning to attend on June 3rd must REGISTER for this event HERE.

The schedule for this day includes:

11 am sharp! – Arrival and sign in

11 am – 12:45pm Tree planting, invasive species removal and scavenger hunt

12:45pm – Lunch (will be provided)

1:15pm – 2pm “Community Engagement and Youth Needs” workshop organized by the Town of Oakville

Thank you to our partners for helping us deliver this unique day of fun, including CYAN (Community Youth in Action Network), HEN (Halton Environmental Network) and the Town of Oakville!

The Oakvillegreen Conservation Association Youth Stewards inaugural year has been generously supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.