Career Exploration Event (ages 13+)

** If you are looking for our Youth Career Exploration Event for grades 5-7 (ages 10-12) - click here

Career Exploration Event (grades 8 and up or ages 13+)

Join us for a two-day fun-filled camp (for ages 13+) on the west coast of Vancouver Island to learn about a variety of careers in environmental science and ecotourism!

  • March 14th, 9:00 am to 12:30 pm 
  • March 15th, 9:00 am to 12:30 pm 

Led by experienced guides and local experts, the workshop will include an introduction to research skills, interpretation guiding, the behind the scenes of being a kayak guide, and more!

Youth will have the opportunity to broaden their perspectives on what career paths are available and learn how a love for nature and the outdoors can be translated into a profession. Hearing different people’s professional stories creates an understanding that there is never only one path to achieving a goal. This will help shape and expand youths’ ideas for their own future.

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AGENDA

March 14th, 2023

9 – 9:45 am: Sign-in, introductions, and breakfast snacks

9:45 – 10:45 am: Workshop Part 1: Introduction to careers in environmental science and ecotourism.

10:45 – 11:00 am: Break

11:00 – 12:30pm: Workshop Part 2- Build-a-Whale with Marine Biologist Karyssa Arnett from Strawberry Isle Marine Research Station.

March 15th, 2023

9:00 am: Sign-in

9:15 - 10:30 am: Workshop Part 3: Introduction to Interpretation with local guides Carl Sieber and Silva Johannson.

10:30 - 11:15 am: Break and Snacks

11:15 – 12:30 pm: Workshop Part 4: Introduction to kayak guiding with a local guide and business owner Kevin Bradshaw and more.

WORKSHOP LOCATION & MEALS & ATTIRE

The workshop will take place in the Rainforest Room at Long Beach Lodge Resort.

*Please note that participants are responsible for providing their own accommodation and transportation to and from the event. If you are looking for a place to stay, contact Long Beach Lodge Resort.

For a larger selection of accommodation providers in the region (click here). Unsure how to get to Tofino, check out this link for more information.

Light snacks will be provided, but we recommend eating breakfast before the day begins. Please let us know your allergies and dietary restrictions when you register. Please bring along any medication you will need to take throughout the morning. We will be going outside on both days, so please dress for the weather (bring a sweater, rain jacket, and boots if it’s cold & rainy!).

LEARN MORE 

Click here to check out this Researcher Interview to see if you would like to learn more about careers in environmental science and ecotourism:

QUESTIONS? 

Please reach out to Claudia at events@westcoastnest.org or 647-526-2476 (text/call).

PREREQUISITES

Open to youth in Grade 8 and above or ages 13+ years.

COST

This two-day event is $50/person. Financial aid is available on a needs basis to maintain accessibility. Please reach out if the ticket price is a barrier to your ability to join the event.

REFUND POLICY

Full refund up to 7 days before the event (March 7th, 2023). A full refund, less the $5 admin fee, for cancellations due to extenuating circumstances.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Activities for this event include walking for up to 1 hour on a boardwalk trail, kneeling or squatting on the beach, sitting, and listening. Please let us know if you need accommodations to enable your participation and learning during these activities.

SAFE SPACE

We are committed to creating a safe space for all our participants. Discrimination, criticism, harassment, or any other emotional or physical harm will not be tolerated. Participants who are not contributing to the safe space of this event may be asked to leave.

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