Youth and Ecological Restoration Program
Helping vulnerable youth build healthy community relationships with both the human and natural worlds.
Through restoring local watersheds with community members,
youth gain a sense of worth, belonging and place.
NEWS & EVENTS AT YER
On Friday, July 6th at 12:00 pm two youth from the Youth and Ecological Restoration Program (YER) will lead a 60 minute public tour at Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD), Nymph Falls Nature Park. This YER, Phase II project is funded by BC Ministry of Children and...read more
Wendy Kotilla Presented with Cheque by the Courtenay and District Fish & Game Protective Association
In 2018 YER will have Carswell Film carswellfilm.ca create a video about the program. This video will need to be filmed during the spring, summer and fall to follow the youth participants through their seasonal work. YER is fundraising to cover the video costs of $5,000.00. The first $1,000.00 contribution came from Courtenay & District Fish and Game Protective Association courtenayfishandgame.org at their April 9th monthly meeting when a cheque was presented to Wendy Kotilla.read more
YER has a new informational brochure created by Kris Trudeau at Halftone Pixel. Please see the YER brochure below, which can be downloaded and distributed to anyone interested in the program.read more
Youth and Ecological Restoration Program helps vulnerable youth gain a sense of worth, belonging and place
Restoration of Natural Systems Program alumni, Wendy Kotilla, founded the Youth and Ecological Restoration Program (YER) in 2004 based on her own experiences of being surrounded by the healing powers of nature. The highly successful and unique program, located in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, provides vulnerable youth aged twelve to eighteen with one-on-one work experience through ecological restoration methods, Ecotherapy practices, and mentoring support.read more
On July 23rd at 1:00 pm two youth from the Youth and Ecological Restoration Program (YER) will lead a public tour at Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD), Trent River Park. During the tour the youth will share details on the ecology, history and their knowledge of...read more
The K’omoks Estuary holds immense ecological value for resident and migrating wildlife, and is of vital significance for K’omoks First Nation. Since 2013, research during spring low tides has found numbers of eagles and herons feeding in the estuary. On May 28th at...read more