Oakvillegreen’s Youth Stewards are back and ready to keep up the greenwork!
Oakvillegreen is happy to announce that we will be offering another year of great environmental workshops and volunteer opportunities for youth.
This is a excellent opportunity for youth (ages 13-18) to gain hands-on environmental experiences, participate in skill-building workshops and activities, and meet environmental professionals while acquiring volunteer hours. Participants will also meet like-minded youth and have fun! Youth stewards work towards planning and implementing a restoration or monitoring project in the community each spring.
Once you are signed up, we will keep you up to date on our upcoming events and opportunities via email. OCAYS events are also listed on our events calendar!
Upon completion of the program, participants receive a certificate of recognition and summary of their volunteer hours to acknowledge their hard work!
Who can join?
Youth between the ages of 13 and 18.
Why should I join?
You will get the opportunity to:
- Participate in skill-building workshops and activities
- Connect with other students and professionals in the environmental sector
- Build on your resume
- Complete your volunteer hours
- Help green Oakville and make an impact in your community
How can I get my certificate?
- Attend at least 3 workshops or meetings throughout the year
- Participate in at least 3 stewardship events
- Promote information about Oakvillegreen’s projects and volunteer opportunities
- Act as community leaders in your schools and community
What type of activities are we participating in?
Previous activities have included environmental film nights, workshops about pollinators, salamander monitoring, identifying trees and plants, environmental job shadowing, invasive species monitoring, native seed collection, and bird banding. All our workshops, monitoring projects, fieldwork, and job shadowing days, are facilitated by environmental professionals and our partners from Conservation Halton, Ontario Nature, Ontario Invasive Plant Council, the Town of Oakville, and several other local organizations.
Check some of our last year’s events for an idea of the activities you can enrol in:
–Salamander and frog monitoring (monitoring amphibians in March, April, May and June at Glen Abbey Community Centre and McCraney Creek)
–Collecting and starting native seeds to help pollinators (with experts from York University)
–Hemlock Woolly adelgid monitoring (Using a slingshot let’s monitor this invasive species with Ontario Invasive Plant Council, February 25th, from 10am-1pm)
–Winter tree ID and inventory (Identify trees without leaves)
-Invasive species removal and tree planting.
Read more about the OCAYS program here: Celebrating a Successful First Year for OCAYS