Join a Canada-wide youth network to drive positive change in your community

Youth across Canada are leading conservation efforts through community projects to protect our natural environment and create awareness about invasive species and the importance of protecting ecosystem health.

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Youth Volunteer Opportunities

Join our eco-webinars and engage with a passionate community of like-minded volunteers. Explore fascinating topics, expand your knowledge, and build connections with fellow nature enthusiasts.

Participate in one of our ongoing in-person volunteer projects. Get your hands dirty, work alongside experienced volunteers, and directly contribute to the conservation efforts to protect your community from invasive species.

Unleash your creativity and leadership skills by initiating your own volunteer project. With YNK’s support and resources, you can bring your environmental vision to life, lead a team, and positively impact the planet.

Youth Nature Keepers Community Project Themes

As part of the Youth Nature Keepers program, volunteers can develop an invasive species-related community project based on an area of their interest.

Throughout the program, volunteers will have access to exclusive network events, professional and personal development opportunities, and a network of like-minded youth from across the country. After participating in the program, volunteers will receive a Certificate of Completion, community volunteer hours, and professional references.

Here are some community project themes examples:

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Watershed Health

The health of our watersheds is crucial for human and ecosystem health. This topic explores the various factors that influence watershed health including litter, aquatic invasive species, and storm-water quality. Youth will research ways to mitigate watershed pollutants and risk factors.

Project options under this theme include storm-water monitoring, monitoring aquatic invasive species, community litter clean-ups, developing educational resources, and much more!

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Ecosystem Restoration

Small steps at a community level can contribute to greater ecosystem health. Youth will develop projects based around supporting native plant populations, understanding the impacts of non-native species, and the importance of biodiversity on a local scale.

Project options under this theme include growing native plants from seeds, monitoring terrestrial invasive species, monitoring biodiversity for community science, developing educational resources, and much more!

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Visual Media

Get creative! Selecting this topic allows you to use visual media and creative expression to showcase your nature-related passion.

Project options under this theme include creating a digital photography portfolio, a nature documentary, or other creative expression media of your choice.

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Educational Resource Development

Contribute to our educational resource development project with a focus on invasive species. Create informative materials, blog articles, and interactive resources to teach others about the threat of invasive species. Empower your community with knowledge to detect, report, and manage invasive species effectively.

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Volunteers are given the option of developing their own community project concept from scratch. With the help of program coordinators, volunteers can create a project around any invasive species topic they are passionate about.

Ready to get started on your volunteer journey?