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Spring 2024

April 5, 2024

Spring has officially arrived, bringing with it a tapestry of vibrant colors and exciting natural phenomena. Have you had the chance to witness the breathtaking hues of the herring spawn along the coastline? Or perhaps you've been lucky enough to witness migrating whales from shore! As the days grow longer, nature awakens, with skunk cabbage boasting its yellow flowers and salmonberry buds emerging, signaling a time of renewal and growth

In the region, spring is more than just a change in weather; it's a season of discovery and learning. From the bustling activity beneath the waves to the vibrant blooms in our gardens, there's an abundance of opportunities to explore and expand our knowledge. In this issue, you'll find a roundup of upcoming events, festivals, and courses to inspire your spring plans. 

Happy spring, everyone!

Art of Hosting West Coast NEST
Art of Hosting
Come learn about community facilitation methods, engagement tools, and strategic design frameworks for participatory work. In this training, you will learn to plan and practice meaningful dialogue, host more effective meetings and better engagement processes, and develop participatory leadership skills. The training will benefit people working in any field, including environmental stewardship and community health.
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We're hiring!
We are accepting applications for a Communications Assistant to support the growth of education tourism throughout the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Region this summer. This position offers the opportunity to grow and develop a variety of skills as well as use your creativity to share transformative learning opportunities in the region. If you're ready to make a positive impact and have a passion for communication, sustainability, and education, apply now!
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West Coast NEST Hiring Communication Assistant
Naauu Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks Tofino
naaʔuu - Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation's Cultural Experience
Prepare to be captivated as Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation proudly announces the return of their immersive Indigenous tourism experience, naaʔuu, to the breathtaking Tin Wis Resort this May and June. Building on the resounding success of its debut in 2023, naaʔuu (meaning “feast” in the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation language) promises another enchanting journey into the heart of Indigenous culture.
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Public Performance for Writers Workshop Tofino
Public Performance for writers Workshop
Whether you are an experienced performer or spoken word artist, or just getting comfortable with presenting in public, this workshop can help you build your skills. Come learn from an experienced director, performer, facilitator, and coach! Using individual and group dramatic techniques, vocal and breath work, Kate will help participants learn how to relax on stage, explore creative ways to access flexibility in voice, body, and mind, build the confidence needed to present work to an audience and develop trust in the creative process of performance development.
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Tofino Shorebird Festival Tofino
Tofino Shorebird Festival - Birding on the Mudflats
This is the best opportunity to spend some time down on the Tofino mudflats to view flocks of shorebirds foraging and resting during their annual migration north. The mudflats at this location offer some of the best and most accessible high-quality shorebird habitats in Tofino. Bird viewing on the mudflats is tide relevant – the rising tide when birds are pushed up towards the upper mudflats for a better view. This is a great event for both new and experienced birders, as well as anyone interested in learning more about the Tofino Mudflats Wildlife Management Area.
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Seaweed of the West Coast Raincoast Education Society
Seaweeds of the West Coast Course
Join the Raincoast Education Society for their popular Seaweed of the West Coast course! This weekend field course, based out of the Ucluelet Community Centre, will introduce participants to the world of west coast seaweeds. Topics to be covered in this year’s course include an introduction to seaweeds (What are they? What is their role in coastal ecology?). Learn about the biodiversity of West Coast seaweeds, the essentials of collecting and identifying seaweeds, seaweed foraging, the relationship between seaweeds and people, pressing and preserving seaweeds, and more!
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West Coast NEST StoryMaps Science and Conservation in the Clayoquot Biosphere Region
Dive into the wonders of marine, environmental, and sustainability science in the breathtaking Clayoquot Biosphere Region! Explore our captivating StoryMaps that unveil tales of conservation efforts and ecological marvels. From majestic shorebirds to elusive amphibians, immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of ecological and biological knowledge that defines this remarkable region. Discover, learn, and be inspired!