Our Impact Why We Exist
"Before I participated in Evergreen's programs, I had a hard time feeling like I was part of the community. Volunteering is something to look forward to" — UYC participant
A lot of urban dwellers couldn't tell you where the nearest stream is. Or what a watershed is, and how it serves them. Evergreen BC gives volunteers the skills to really 'see' and care for their urban ecosystems — from planting a tree for the first team, to seeing salmon spawning in a stream they've helped to restore. But we don't just connect people with the environment — we aim to connect them with each other. Our work builds opportunities for stronger community relationships and a sense of belonging, of being connected to place and people.
Our Story What We Do
We believe we can solve even the most pressing urban environmental issues by bringing diverse people together, inspiring them with possibilities and engaging them in identifying solutions and taking action. The need has never been more urgent.
To help create greener, more sustainable cities, we focus on four key areas in BC:
- Greenspace: Restoring and enhancing urban greenspace and habitat, and providing education in support of healthy watersheds
- Urban Agriculture: Enhancing food security in marginalized communities through community gardening and food workshops and day camps.
- Children/Youth: Engaging local youth in outdoor environmental camps, and greening school grounds to improve learning experiences
- CityWorks: Tackling urban ecological footprints and social engagement in civic issues through innovative and collaborative strategies.
Our Programs How We Do It
Uncover Your Creeks at Whitehead Park: A chance for volunteers to learn about their watersheds!
Community members in the District of Saanich restore Tod Creek at Whitehead Park during monthly stewardship and education events. Volunteers are trained as citizen scientists: they learn about removing invasive plants, reintroducing native plant species, and the importance of stream health for local ecosystems. They also take monthly water quality samples, and learn to analyze data to monitor long-term stream health.
A series of public workshops engages the broader community in learning about watershed science and our impact on our water resources.
What You Can Do
Join an event!
Our programs exist so that you can get involved in making your community a better place. Join us at our of our monthly Uncover Your Creeks events — learn about watershed health, take water samples, and get your hands dirty restoring the banks of a creek.
For a full calendar of our events, check out uncoveryourcreeks.ca
Make a donation
Our conservation and education work are made possible by generous contributions from people like you! If you like the work we do, or you've participated in an event and loved the experience, consider donating to help keep these programs going.