Youth and Ecological Restoration

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.


Millard Creek Headwaters Youth Tour 2018, August 3rd at 12pm

Two youth from Youth and Ecological Restoration (YER) ( will be immersed in a five-day YERII project to learn about Millard Creek headwaters and the long-term water study.  Tim Ennis of Latitude Conservation Solutions, Shiva Farjadian from GW Solutions and Wendy Kotilla, YER Coordinator will share knowledge with the youth.

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Nymph Falls Nature Park Youth Tour July 6th

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...

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Wendy Kotilla Presented with Cheque by the Courtenay and District Fish & Game Protective Association

In 2018 YER will have Carswell Film 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 at their April 9th monthly meeting when a cheque was presented to Wendy Kotilla.

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YER gets a brand new brochure

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.

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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.

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