Wild Minds Rewilding Project – Day 10

Wild Minds Rewilding Project – Day 10 (final). It has been a very positive project. Had the best attendance rate of any youth summer program that we have run, I believe all due to the beauty and diversity of the Cottonwood Community Garden and Strathcona Community Gardens which the youth definitely appreciated. It has also been great working with Environmental Youth Alliance and Evergreen BC. Had a slight change of pace last day, creating a first person story and puppet of a plant we connected with – a bit of earth theatre and alternative way of understanding our relation to the plants.


Wild Minds Rewilding Project – Day 8

Wild Minds Rewilding Project – Day 8. The Rewilding Project led by the Environmental Youth Alliance in partnership with the Grandview Woodland Food Connection and Evergreen Foundation includes learning about and building wild animal habitat in our urban spaces. On day 8 the youth put their carpentry skills to use building chickadee bird houses. Also had a chance to learn more about the plants in the garden and then take some time in the shade to cool down. Was a hot week.

WIld Minds Rewilding Project – Day 6

Wild Minds Rewilding Project – Day 6. Tackled some pretty wild areas today in the youth garden, cleaning some weeds away from native salmonberry. Also staked the tomatillos and we all discovered that tomatillos along with mint in salads are amazing. Later spent some time in the compost area layering a new batch of compost. Was a wild day for sure.

Britannia Wild Minds Summer Youth Program – Day 5

Wild Minds Rewilding Project – Day 5. I have always loved visiting Strathcona and Cottonwood Gardens. They are a rare gem in Vancouver. But, I am seeing the garden from a new perspective, being able to work with youth in this magnificent place. The spaces to explore, the learning opportunities, and the simple beauty of these gardens and wild areas make these gardens a particularly unique experience for the youth and that have, I think, got them excited about gardening and ecology. They are really pumped up and having fun.

Today, we worked in the youth garden again, weeding and cleaning up, went on a medicinal herb walk, visited the herb garden and made herbal teaw1