Become a Young Conservation Leader
Spring Applications Are Now Closed
The Young Conservationist Scholarship Program highlights the drive of young people connected to the BCWF to contribute to the protection, conservation and enhancement of the environment. Participating youth will be given the resources and knowledge to make an impact in their communities while competing for a scholarship. We will choose up to 25 conservation-minded youth to join us for a conservation seminar and to facilitate their own conservation projects in this program.
General applicants must apply by March 18th to be considered for the Young Conservationist Scholarship Program. Additionally, participants in our Go Wild camp** will also be eligible to apply following their completion of camp, and if admitted, will join the program in August. We will accept up to 10 participants from the general applicant pool and up to 15 participants from the Go Wild applicant pool. For more information about Go Wild and how to participate, click here.
If selected to participate, general applicants (application due March 18th) will have eight months, whereas Go Wild camp** participants (application due in Aug / to be confirmed) will have six months to create and facilitate their own conservation project in their community. BCWF staff will be available for support through check-ins held every two months. After completing their project, participants will be asked to submit a report on how their projects went.
After projects are completed, BCWF staff will select one project which exceeds expectations and demonstrates conservation excellence. The selected participant will be awarded a scholarship and the opportunity to present their project at the 2023 BCWF Annual General Meeting (AGM). All other participants will have the opportunity to display project posters at the AGM.
All program gatherings will be held over Zoom to allow youth across B.C. to participate.
**In-person youth camps will resume in accordance with provincial COVID-19 safety rules.
Join Us This Summer!
Our first round of applications has now closed. Applicants will be informed on Friday March 25th, if they have been selected.
Participants in our Go Wild camp can still apply in August following the conclusion of camp! Go Wild participants will have six months to complete their projects, joining the cohort with our Spring participants in September. Visit our camps page to learn more about our exciting new Go Wild program!
- March 18 Applications Due
- April virtual BCWF AGM
- May Project Proposals Due
- July Check-in
- August Go Wild Applications Due (final date to be confirmed)
- August Check-in (Meet & Greet between Go Wild and general participants)
- September Check-in
- November Check-in
- January 2023 Project Reports Due
- Must be in grade 11 or below
- Must be currently enrolled in a B.C. School
- Must be a dependent of a BCWF member, have a BCWF Member Sponsor, or be a Junior BCWF Member
Winners of the 2021-22 YCSP
The winner of the 2021-22 Young Conservationist Scholarship Program, and recipient of a $1,500 scholarship is Ella – a 12-year-old conservationist who aims to educate and inspire youth and adults to become empowered to take action towards wildlife conservation and work towards a more sustainable future.
Through the Young Conservationist Scholarship Program, Ella created a series of three “Green Minute” videos, which show viewers how to be more eco-friendly, and led workshops for her peers. Although her time as a YCSP participant has wrapped up, Ella is planning to continue creating her “Green Minute” videos, serving on the Environmental Stewardship Committee in her community, and planning a native bug box workshop for kindergarteners to further engage youth in conservation initiatives.
When asked what her advice was for the next cohort of Young Conservationists, Ella suggested to “lead with your heart and find a topic you are passionate about”, and to “recruit friends whenever possible” to maximize the impact you can do in your community.
2021-22 Runner Up
The runner-up of our inaugural Young Conservationist Scholarship Program and recipient of a $500 scholarship was Mariella, a grade twelve student who focused her efforts on revitalizing an abandoned pond area outside her high school into a native plant garden. Her project was a collaborative effort between her and her school’s Eco Club, which she has been a dedicated member of for five years.
Following the program, Mariella plans to continue working on conservation initiatives in university. Her advice to future Young Conservationists is to “take this program with an open mind and do a project you can put your heart and soul into”.
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