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Allan Brooks Nature Centre Society
250 Allan Brooks Way
P.O. Box 20038
Vernon, BC, V1T 9L4
Phone: (250) 260-4227 
Fax: (250) 558-4208
E-mail: [email protected]

Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10 am to 5 pm

The Allan Brooks Nature Centre is a "community based project" supported by it's members, volunteers, donors, sponsors, partners, granting agencies and admission fees. We rely heavily on community resources for our success in nature interpretation and habitat conservation.

The Allan Brooks Nature Centre also works in partnership with government agencies and other community organizations to support and encourage conservation and stewardship of important habitats in the North Okanagan.

The Nature Centre provides visitors a first-hand opportunity to see and learn about the North Okanagan's unique and diverse natural heritage through views, information, programs and displays of the region's natural areas. The centre is ideally situated on a grassland knoll at the confluence of the Okanagan and Coldstream valleys. Three lakes and five ecosystems can be seen from this site and a total of nineteen points-of-interest provide spectacular, panoramic views of the North Okanagan and its diverse ecosystems.

Category:  Environment
Group Served:  All Ages
Accessibility:  Accessible with Assistance
Languages of Service:  English

Click to view map CADIP - Canadian Alliance for Development Initiatives and Projects
353-1350 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC, V6Z 0C2
Phone: (604) 628-7400 
Fax: (604) 633-1284
E-mail: [email protected]

Hours: Monday - Friday 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Affordable international volunteer opportunities for
young people over age 16.

CADIP runs number of volunteer projects in Canada and overseas focusing on:  enviromental protection, restoration and conservation work; archaeological excavations, charity work, festivities and other volunteer work with social impact. Based on our experience, we believe that in the field of international volunteering, we provide the most affordable opportunity for short-term involvement.  

Participating in an international short term volunteer project (so called Workcamp) can be an exciting prospect. It is an interesting and meaningful way to travel with purpose and spend 2-3 weeks in a foreign environment. Working and living together with other young people from around the world provides an excellent opportunity to make many new friends, learn about unknown places and culture, gain new skills and experience. Your time, energy, and enthusiasm can make a difference in areas where help is really needed.

Category:  Environment
Group Served:  Youth
Languages of Service:  English

Greater Vernon Water Stewardship Committee
3105 33rd Street
Vernon, BC, V1T 9P7
Phone: (250) 550-3700 
Fax: (250) 550-3701
E-mail: [email protected]

The Greater Vernon Service's community volunteer committee.

The Committee’s focus is to promote and support the following:

• Water Use efficiency
• Wastewater reduction and reuse
• Preservation and enhancement of stream and lake water quality in our community

As a proactive and productive Committee we are a part of many initiatives including:

• Watershed presentations to schools
• The Environmental Mind Grind Challenge
• An educational Water Unit for School District #22

Category:  Environment
Accessibility:  Wheelchair Accessible
Languages of Service:  English

Greenpeace Canada
1726 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC, V5N 4A3
Phone: (604) 253-7701 
Fax: (604) 253-0114

Greenpeace is an independently funded organization that works to protect the environment. We challenge government and industry to halt harmful practices by negotiating solutions, conducting scientific research, introducing clean alternatives, carrying out peaceful acts of civil disobedience and educating and engaging the public.

Greenpeace seeks to:

  • Protect biodiversity in all its forms;
  • Prevent pollution of the earth’s oceans, land, air and fresh water;
  • End all nuclear threats;
  • Promote peace, global disarmament and non-violence.

Category:  Environment
Group Served:  All Ages
Accessibility:  Unknown
Languages of Service:  English

North Okanagan (One-Tonne) Community Challenge
c/o The Sustainable Environment Network Society
3300 37th Avenue
Vernon, BC, V1T 2Y5
Phone: (250) 542-0892 
Fax: (250) 558-5392
E-mail: [email protected], [email protected]

The Challenge is a pilot project sponsored by the Community Challenge Coalition. The Coalition is comprised of three local non-profit organizations: The Sustainable Environment Network Society, The Ribbons of Green Trails Society, and the Social Planning Council for the North Okanagan.The project is supported by Funding from the Federal Government. 

The North Okanagan Community Challenge will encourage and assist local residents to undertake the Federal Government One-Tonne Challenge and reduce their green-house gas emissions at home and on the road.

The project will run from October 2004 to March 2006.

Category:  Environment
Group Served:  All Ages
Accessibility:  Unknown
Languages of Service:  English

North Okanagan Naturalist Club
, BC
Phone: (250) 545-8297 

Meets on the first Wednesday of each month (September to

May) at the Vernon Lodge,3914-32nd Street.

Fosters conservation and an interest in nature by providing an opportunity for persons of all ages interested in natural history to meet and exchange information. The club encourages naturalists to practice conservation through vigilance, stewardship and acquisition of environmentally significant lands. Botany, Birding, Entomology, Geology, Hiking, and Conservation issues.

Category:  Environment
Group Served:  All Ages
Languages of Service:  English

North Okanagan Parks and Natural Area Trust
Vernon, BC
Phone: (250) 545-1153 

Works to preserve ecologically significant areas by receiving

and administering bequests and donation of lands, access to a special area, or cash donations for conservation.

Category:  Environment
Group Served:  All Ages
Languages of Service:  English

Okanagan Advisor Dot C A
Okanagan Advisor
1070 BX Rd.
Vernon, BC, V1B 3K2
Phone: (250) 549-1116 
E-mail: [email protected]

Hours: 24 / 7 24 On the net.

A local active guide to help you recycle common products by local people societies and organizations.  To reduce air polution and greenhouse gas emmisions in our valley by simple reminders of simple solutions. Out side the box marketing is paid for by the advisors listed on the site. All tips provide by local people and business listed online. Feel free to add an event to help your community.

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Category:  Environment
Group Served:  All Ages
Accessibility:  Unknown
Languages of Service:  English

Recycling Council of BC Hotline
#10-119 West Pender Street
Vancouver, BC, V6B 1S5
Phone: (604) 683-6009 
Fax: (604) 683-7255
Toll Free: 1-800-667-4321

RCBC is Canada's oldest recycling council, and in BC, has earned the reputation of being the most widely respected, multi-sectoral environmental organization operating in the province today. RCBC receives almost 50,000 inquiries a year from residents and businesses across the province wanting pollution prevention and waste management information. In addition, RCBC itself is a primary contact for local media and is typically invited to the table during stakeholder consultation on public policy issues within its scope. In short, RCBC is a dynamic organization that is much in demand and has much to offer its members.

RCBC was founded in 1974 as an umbrella organization for the numerous community-based recycling operations that had emerged throughout the province in the early 1970s. At that time, RCBC’s mandate was to advocate for waste reduction and recycling and to coordinate recycling market development, acting as a professional marketing agent for its members. In 1985, RCBC expanded its membership to include recycling industry representatives – processors, end-users, equipment suppliers and others involved in the fast-growing business of recycling. Another key initiative of this era was the establishment of the BC Materials Exchange, a service RCBC designed as a way to facilitate the exchange of materials that are hard to reuse or recycle. In 1990, under contract to the provincial government, RCBC opened the province-wide Recycling Hotline to meet the public’s need for accurate information on pollution prevention and waste reduction.

RCBC has played and continues to play a leadership role in the development of BC’s cutting-edge industry product stewardship programs. For example, RCBC was involved in the expansion of the beverage container deposit-refund program and the establishment of the post-consumer paint stewardship program. We are active participants on a number of stewardship related committees, such as the Beverage Container Management Board and the Scrap Tire Advisory Committee.

In addition to industry product stewardship, RCBC works on many other policy issues, such as the development of zero waste policy, waste electronic equipment recovery and building deconstruction. Recognizing the broader impacts of solid and hazardous wastes on the environment, RCBC also continues to expand the scope of its policy and information services to address such issues as climate change and corporate social responsibility. In fact, raising awareness about the linkages between waste minimization and greenhouse gas reductions is now one of our top priorities.

RCBC facilitates and administers multi-stakeholder processes as a means of providing information and feedback to government on policy issues. As well, RCBC offers information and research services to public and private sector clients.

RCBC works to create opportunities for people to come together to exchange ideas, network and learn from each other. Our annual Breakfast with the Minister and annual 2 1 /2 day Conference are two examples of how we bring people together on a regular basis.

From our roots in the community-based recycling movement, RCBC has grown and changed in response to developments in solid waste management and the broader field of environmental protection. Today, our membership includes governments, businesses, non-profit organizations and interested individuals from all regions of BC, and beyond. Positioned as a multi-sectoral environmental organization working towards waste avoidance and sustainability, we're proud of who we are, what we've done, and where we're heading.

Category:  Environment
Group Served:  All Ages
Accessibility:  Unknown
Languages of Service:  English

Click to view map Smart Growth BC
201 - 402 West Pender Street
Vancouver, BC, V6B 1T6
Phone: (604) 915-5234 
Fax: (604) 915-5236
E-mail: [email protected]

Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm

Smart Growth BC is a provincial non-governmental organization devoted to fiscally, socially and environmentally responsible land use and development. Working with community groups, businesses, municipalities and the public, we advocate for the creation of more livable communities in British Columbia.

Smart Growth BC was created as a joint project of the University of Victoria Eco-Research Chair of Environmental Law and Policy and West Coast Environmental Law Association. The smart growth project aimed to nurture and mobilize a growing citizen movement addressing growth and sprawl issues around the province, and to provide sound alternative policy solutions to these issues. Smart Growth BC was incorporated as an independent non-profit society in December 1999, and received federal charitable status in January 2002.

We work with communities to:

  • Avoid urban sprawl by promoting compact human settlement that avoids unplanned growth and ensures efficient development
  • Minimize the use of cars by encouraging walking, bicycling and public transit
  • Protect the ecological integrity of urban and suburban areas
  • Maintain the integrity of a secure and productive agricultural land base
  • Promote adequate and affordable housing
  • Preserve, create and link urban and rural open space
  • Promote alternative development standards
  • Ensure an early and ongoing role for citizens in planning, design and development processes

Category:  Environment
Group Served:  All Ages
Accessibility:  Unknown
Languages of Service:  English

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