magine a campus dedicated to education, stewardship and community engagement in one of the most ecologically diverse parks in the Metro Vancouver region; imagine a new Kanaka Creek Watershed Stewardship Centre (KCWSC). The KCWSC will be a campus incorporating the newly built Bell-Irving Hatchery (completed April 2013), a stewardship building and the unique outdoor learning environment offered by Kanaka Creek Regional Park and its ecosystems.
The KCWSC will be a community hub. It will provide a home base to continue promoting watershed stewardship and grassroots engagement; to deliver environmental education and interpretive programs; foster citizenship and volunteerism; and promote discovery and learning for children, youth and schools on topics ranging from ecological health, fish culture and habitat enhancement to depleting salmon populations and the importance of sustainable fishing. It will be a place for diverse groups of people to collaborate on shared interests and goals. The KCWSC is intended as a highly immersive and engaging place with a strong connection to the natural environment.
The KCWSC campus will be a best practice and replicable model of watershed stewardship, environmental sustainability, education, outreach, and grassroots engagement. Located in the heart of the park, the KCWSC will be an incubator for ideas and physical projects that will benefit the park, community, region and province.
In April 2013, we completed the new Bell-Irving Hatchery bringing Phase 1 of this project into fruition. Now we need your help to do the same for Phase 2, the Stewardship Building.
We have raised half of our total funding commitment of $500,000.
This project will not succeed without your help.
When you donate to Pacific Parklands Foundation you leave a lasting legacy in the Metro Vancouver region. Your donation to the KCWSC project will support the conservation, preservation and enhancement of Kanaka Creek Regional Park; enrich communities; and encourage philanthropy. Our hope is that others will follow your leadership.
Every gift is important; we are grateful for any size of gift.
Donations can be made on our website via Canada Helps or with a cheque made out to Pacific Parklands Foundation. All donations will be issued a charitable tax receipt and can be designated so that 100% of the funds go directly towards the KCWSC project.
If you are interested in partnering on this project, please contact Caitlin Hill, Communications & Fund Development Coordinator via email or call 778.452.2676.
Where did the current $250,000 come from?
In spring 2013, with your help, we raised $100,000 from Shell FuellingChange; in November 2013, we received $100,000 from the Pacific Salmon Foundation; and the other $50,000 is comprised of individual donations and other small grants!