The Rivershed Society of B.C. is looking for "environmental leaders" for a three-week trip spanning the length of the Fraser River.
From August 1 to 25, participants journey 1,400 kilometers by canoe, raft, van and on foot from the Frasers headwaters near Valemount to where it meets the shores of Vancouver.
In the rivers upper reaches, participants hike through a 2,000-year-old ancient cedar grove and paddle through the Robson Valley.
In the Fraser Canyon, they ride whitewater rapids and observe traditional First Nations fisheries. In the lower stretches, they visit a working organic farm and paddle past log booms and big-box stores while learning about the impacts of urban and industrial development on salmon habitat.
The programs founder, Fin Donnelly, has swum the length of the Fraser River twice to raise awareness about threats to river ecosystems, and what can be done to protect them.
There is no better way to learn about sustainability than to travel along the river, seeing first hand how the issues affect Fraser River communities, said Donnelly, who is the MP for New Westminster-Coquitlam and Port Moody.
Both experience and knowledge are powerful factors. The program combines experiential learning with knowledge to motivate, inspire and give these young leaders the tools they need to make change.
The Rivershed Society covers 90 per cent of the programs cost. It's looking for people with an interest in sustainability or community development to participate.
They must also be between 19 and 35 years old and physically fit. Community volunteer experience is an asset.
The application deadline is May 31. For more information or to apply visit: www.rivershed.com