Rewilding Vancouver

Community Centres

Rewilding Vancouver

Understanding and promoting environmental education programming through community centres.

School:

UBC

Department:

Planning

Course:

PLAN 425: Urban Planning Issues and Concepts

Instructors:

Michael Leaf, Lili Friedler Shulman (TA)

City of Vancouver Partners:

  • Dana McDonald | Parks Board
  • Rebecca Till | Arts, Culture & Engagement

Student Team:

  • Zoe Athans
  • Erica Mason
  • Briana Mussatto
  • Julius Rusko
  • Max Whiffin

Strategy:

  • Greenest City Action Plan (GCAP)

City goal area(s):

  • Access to Nature

Summary

This project was in collaboration with the Vancouver Board of Parks & Recreation which was looking for input & assistance in promoting Environmental Education programming through the city’s community centres. The City of Vancouver’s Environmental Education & Stewardship Action Plan & Biodiversity Strategy include implementation of Environmental Education (EE) as a primary goal.

We conducted interviews of five community centre. We found that these community centers currently offer only a handful of programs relating to Environmental Education or Outdoor Learning. Almost all of the programmers identified a lack of resources, staff time, & expertise as the key barriers to implementing new EE programs.

Rewilding Vancouver
Rewilding Vancouver

Next Steps

This project served as the Vancouver Board of Parks & Recreation’s first step in working toward their goal of promoting and improving Environmental Education at the City’s community centres. The key objective was to understand each community centre in the context of Environmental Education so that the Vancouver Board of Parks & Recreation can provide needed support to community centres.