Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!
Today is officially    Earth Day , and this year's theme of    Environmental & Climate literacy   is a great fit with    HCTF Education 's programs and philosophy. HCTF Education partnered with local schools on Earth Day activities to get students outside, learning about the outdoors and making a difference in their communities.   On Friday, Monterey Middle School hosted a public event to help rid their local beach of    nurdles , tiny pellets that are melted down to make plastic products. Because they're so tiny, nurdles are rarely targeted in clean-up efforts, but scientists are becomingly    increasingly concerned   about the effects these persistent plastics can have on marine ecosystems. Inspired by their local high school’s presentation on ocean pollution, Monterey’s Grade 8 classrooms decided they wanted to turn their school's annual Earth Day celebration into an outdoor event that allowed them to share what they've learned with their communities and work together to help their local fish and wildlife. The students built nurdle sifters for the public to use, and hosted themed information stations and activities.  Monterey Principal Ken Andrews says he was pleased to see his school's Earth Day plans evolve from an...
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Reminder to Students: WRFC Sponsorship Application Deadline April 30

Reminder to Students: WRFC Sponsorship Application Deadline April 30
There's a little over a week remaining for BC post-secondary students to submit their sponsorship applications for the World Recreational Fishing Conference  July 16 - 20 in Victoria, BC.  The Conference will provide students with the opportunity to learn about advances in recreational fisheries research and management from the world's leading experts. As the official Education Sponsor for WRFC8, HCTF has offered to sponsor up to four BC post-secondary students to attend.    More >>

Funding for Volunteer-based Conservation Projects

If you need financial support for a conservation project powered by volunteers, check out our PCAF grants! The Public Conservation Assistance Fund provides grants for on-the-ground conservation projects in BC. This could include activities such as wetland restoration, reptile monitoring, bird banding, and bat box construction - there are all sorts of possibilities, so long as the project provides clear conservation benefits for native fish and wildlife. Grant recipients must provide at least half of the value of their PCAF grant in volunteer labour (now valued at $15/hr). This year’s application deadline is May 16 th , 2017. More>>   

Annual Acquisition Grant Application Deadline Coming Up

Annual Acquisition Grant Application Deadline Coming Up
The deadline for submitting an application for an HCTF Acquisition Grant is fast approaching! Completed applications must be received by 4:30PM on Friday, March 31st to be considered for funding. Full application information can be found here . Questions? Please contact Christina Waddle for further details.     
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Wild Schools at Work

Wild Schools at Work
Check out this awesome video from Shaw TV of students from Margret Jenkins Elementary School (École Élémentaire Margaret Jenkins) removing gorse and other invasive plants from Trafalgar Park in Victoria. Margaret Jenkins is part of HCTF Education’s Wild Schools Program , a 3-year program providing teachers and students of K-8 schools with free resources, training and support for environmental learning and outdoor field experiences in their communities. In the third year of the program, school receive $500 towards a stewardship project, which allowed Margaret Jenkins to purchase gloves and other supplies necessary for the students to participate in this hands-on conservation project. Hats off to students and staff for a job well done!