What we do

Wildlife Forever

Furthering the ecological integrity and resilience of parks 

British Columbia contains more biodiversity than anywhere else in North America and is home to over 75 per cent of Canada’s mammals. With the increasing pressures of climate change, park usership and other stress factors, we are seeing impacts on wildlife and other values that parks were established to protect. As a result, there is a need to develop a deeper understanding of our parks and how we can protect and enhance them into the future.

Our Wildlife Forever program uses various forms of data collection including remote wildlife cameras, eDNA and citizen science initiatives to grow our understanding of the state of B.C.'s parks. These combined tactics and technological advances are leading to unprecedented levels of observations which help to inform management decisions and engage a critical network of park stewards throughout the province. 

By combining insights from new big data analytics technology, we can create more holistic views of wildlife and their habitats, along with lasting conservation outcomes.


Results!
 

  • Nearly 3 million observations in B.C. recorded by community scientists on iNaturalist and other nature-observation apps
  • More than 30,000 individual community scientists actively uploading observations 
  • Knowledge of the threats facing key species - mainly climate change - is being continuously updated and is contributing to the development of mitigation measures, recovery plans and management strategies.


Thank you to our Wildlife Forever program partners:

     

Healthy By Nature


Increasing access to the health benefits of nature 


Experience the Healing Power of Nature 

A growing body of scientific evidence confirms that when you interact with nature, you can become healthier and more productive. 

We want to make sure all British Columbians have the opportunity to experience parks and their healing power. 

Doctors recommend spending a minimum of 2 hours a week outside. Through our Healthy By Nature initiative, you can access tips and information about the healing power of nature.  

Join the 25x25 expedition to find out how you can be healthy by nature: www.25x25.ca


Get a Nature Prescription

Through Park Prescriptions, we are working with healthcare professionals to prescribe time in nature to those who need it most.  Featuring practical resources like quick tips and patient handouts, its goal is to make prescribing time in nature straightforward and effective. Each prescriber who registers with PaRx will receive a nature prescription file customized with a unique provider code, and instructions for how to prescribe and log nature prescriptions. If you are a health care professional or would like more information about Park Prescriptions:  www.parkprescriptions.ca


Thank you to our Healthy By Nature program partners:

Live 5-2-1-0      Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment      

      

            

Discover Parks

Inspiring British Columbians and guests to discover, experience and care for nature 

BC’s world-class parks are not only the backbone of our tourism economy, but also serve as a haven for family time, recreation, education, inspiration, culture and personal fulfillment. In 2018/2019, BC’s parks had over 26 million visits – an increase of nearly five million over five years. While it’s great that more people are getting outside, some of our natural areas are under pressure due to increasing visitation.

Discover Parks brings together nature, art, technology and culture to connect people to nature. Park ambassadors, self guided trails and other new activations will help spread the word about stewardship and provide engaging experiences for park visitors.

British Columbia has the sixth largest park system in the world, the Discover Parks Ambassadors are hard at work teaching visitors about the wonders contained within it. The Ambassadors interact with park visitors to promote nature appreciation, safe outdoor recreation, and responsible park use. The Ambassadors foster connections with nature for those who are new to parks.

Story Trails is an initiative developing an interactive trail network in BC’s parks that leverages technology to tell the stories of our parks in a way that creates powerful lifelong learning, healthier lifestyles, cultural connections and stewards for the future.

Our work creating unique and authentic visitor experiences will help transfer knowledge between generations while building pride and stewardship in our parks. We are showcasing British Columbia by British Columbians, telling our unique stories to our children and the world.


Protecting Beautiful Places

Expanding and enhancing park lands and infrastructure 

BC’s parks are more than just beautiful places that we enjoy, that drive our economy, and that are at the core of who we are as British Columbians. They also provide essential life support functions for us and other species.

Because of increasing pressures like climate change and park visitation, it is more important than ever to add new parkland, fund restoration, and create corridors between parks so wildlife can survive threats such as fire, disease, or habitat loss. 

We make it possible for you to fund the enhancement of BC’s parks, beyond government responsibilities. The fund will support organizations building and maintaining facilities like huts, trails, bridges, docks, and toilets. It will also support the Foundation in facilitating the purchase or receipt of lands that we can transfer into a protected status with the support of land trusts and other organizations.


Results so far - Over 5,700 hectares of land protected!

  • 800 hectares of land was protected in Princess Louisa Inlet in 2019.  It is one of the first crowdfunded parks in the world. 
  • A new park was created on Cowichan Lake in 2019, preserving 2 hectares of land and an additional 46 acres along Cowichan River in 2020.
  • 2020 saw almost 10 acres secured at Gowland Todd.
  • In 2020, we protected another 260 hectares of land in Princess Louisa Inlet, including the iconic One Eye Mountain.
  • We successfully helped raise funds for the Mt. Erskine Trail connector in 2020, securing an acre of land to ensure trail continuity.
  • We also protected West Ballenas Island in 2020, over 40 hectares. It is one of the most biodiverse spots in the Salish Sea with rare and endangered species.
  • A new 3,500-hectare conservancy was created in 2021 to protect the environment and wildlife within Tahltan territory, in an area of northwestern B.C. historically known as the Ice Mountain Lands, adjacent to Mount Edziza Provincial Park.
  • In 2021, the legacy of the Edwards family was preserved with the purchase of 62 hectares at Lonesome Lake, where the trumpeter swans were brought back from near extinction.
  • Another gem of the Salish Sea was secured in 2021 with the acquisition of the 10 hectare Saturnina Island.
  • Largely supported by the community of Lasquetians, 256 acres at Young Point on the southwest end of the island were secured.
  • Supported by the historic gift from Age of Union, we protected over 296 hectares in the Upper Pitt River area, creating vital wildlife corridors between the 3 major provincial parks bounding the land.
  • Through a cohesive partnership with the Nanaimo Regional District, Save Estuary Land Society, Friends of French Creek Conservation Society and Qualicum and Snaw-Naw-As First Nations, we secured over 20 acres at French Creek Estuary to create Vancouver Island's first eagle sanctuary.
  • In 2022, we added nearly 205 acres in Spences Bridge, Kamloops to the list of protected areas.
  • With the support of the Saulteau First Nations, just over 615 acres were protected at Falling Creek, near Chetwynd, BC that was at risk due to industrial zoning.
  • Contributed to protecting 41-acres of sagebrush-dotted grasslands at the Bourguiba Springs property in the South Okanagan.


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Parks for Everyone

Everyone Outside, No Obstacles

Grounded in our belief that time in nature promotes positive mental and physical health and well-being, we want to ensure that everyone has access to our great outdoors. This means addressing inequalities and barriers that prevent British Columbians from getting outside, obstacles such as transportation, logistics, equipment, park accessibility and more.

Outside and Unplugged

Through our Outside and Unplugged initiative, you can give vulnerable Canadians the opportunity to experience BC’s parks and learn about health and nature. We work with outreach organizations, such as Mosaic to provide opportunities to new Canadians and refugees, and Foundry to provide opportunities to youth ages 12-24.

We also work with a number of organizations to get kids outside. Children today spend an average of 7-8 hours per day in front of screens. All this screen time has been linked to increasing rates of obesity, ADHD, anxiety, spinal malformations, and strained social relations. The Canadian Chief Public Health Officer recently said that active play outdoors is essential for healthy child development.

Please consider giving a child, youth, or vulnerable Canadian the opportunity to experience nature by donating here.

Thank you to our Program Partners:

      


Park Improvement Initiatives

Another key aspect of removing barriers to access is to ensure that our parks and the facilities at the parks are accessible and well maintained. Donors like you have shown great committment to such projects.

What You've Accomplished So Far:

  • Thousands of park supporters from across British Columbia and globally showed their love and appreciation for B.C.'s parks by giving to our Foundation.
  • New facilities were created in Gwillim, Drumbeg, and Ancient Forest/Chun T’oh Whudujut Provincial Parks.
  • Accessibility improvements were completed at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park to make it easier for seniors and disabled visitors to enjoy the facilities.
  • The volunteer-led, Mitlenatch Island Stewardship Team have been supported in continuing their important work protecting the bird refuge that is Mitlenatch Island.
  • Surveys are being undertaken and restoration work in Desolation Sound.
  • Work is underway to replace the dock, refurbish and add new tent pads and upgrade ranger facilities at Top of the World Provincial Park.
  • Accessibility improvements were completed at Kokanee Creek Provincial Park.