Winter 2016/17

News from the President:

Greetings from all of us at the NCES! We’ve had a busy fall getting organized for the year ahead — submitting grant applications and planning our programming for the winter and spring. We are particularly excited to be offering a Jr. Naturalist Day Camp during March Break this year and resuming the Sustainable Living Committee workshops and events.

This time of year is always one to be reminded of how grateful I am for all that I have and to think of what changes I might like to make to my personal habits and what changes I’d like to see in my community in the year ahead. For those of us that are inclined towards New Year’s Resolutions, maybe think up one small habit you could change or implement to lessen your environmental footprint.  And then be sure to get out and enjoy the snow and all that winter in Revelstoke has to offer! If you have a chance, send us a photo that shows us what you think makes the North Columbia region such a special place that is worth protecting.

Best wishes for 2017,

Jody Lownds

Words from our wonderful NCES coordinator: Kate Borucz

As the NCES enters its 17th year as an organization, we are gearing up for another year of providing Revelstoke with programming that encourages conservation, sustainable living, and develops an interest in environmental awareness.  We will be continuing our youth programming with the Jr. Naturalists kicking off during March Break and during the summer, high school students will be able to work on their leadership and stewardship skills with the Glacier Adventure Stewardship Program, and hopefully the Kokanee fish will be present in higher volume in 2017 when we invite grade 2 students to participate in our annual Kokanee Fish Fest.  After a wildly successful Hunting & Gathering Guru Workshop Series in 2016, we will be running the series again.

Sustainable Living Committee

The Sustainable Living Committee will be putting on a series of workshops to encourage people to consume less and make wiser decisions in the products they use on a daily basis.  Stoke Roasted Coffee Co. was kind enough to donate several burlap sacks which we will be turning into reusable shopping bags thanks to our skilled volunteers.  If you’re interested in joining our volunteers in this project, we can always use an extra hand! Our workshop series will include a tour of green homes, indoor composting options, how to make your own “green” cleaning and beauty products, and a couple more that are still in the development stages.

Conservation Committee

The Conservation Committee will aim to connect people with the outdoors in 2017 with guided hikes along Revelstoke’s many trails, bird watching expeditions, hands-on projects, and Eco Fact Sheets.

Get Involved and make our community greater

If you’re looking for ways to get involved in any of the above-mentioned programs or events, or if you have suggestions or ideas for workshops you would like to see offered, then please get in touch.  We are always looking for feedback on our programming from our members so we can offer the community what they have an interest in.

Are you a local business owner? 

Finally, the NCES is looking to connect with local businesses for marketing and membership benefits.  If you’re a business owner and would like to get involved with a local, non-profit, environmental organization here is your chance!

Thank you to our members for a successful 2016 and your continued support, we look forward to what 2017 has in store.

Conservation committee update

Happy New Year from the Conservation Committee!  Well, I hope that some of you made it out to some of our Hunter & Gatherer Guru series events this summer and fall.  As usual, the mushroom foraging workshop was the most popular.  There has been continued interest in the creation of a Selkirk Mountain Caribou Park.  (Essentially in the Upper Incomappleux river area.)  Bat boxes were made and have been put up in various locations.  We are keeping a close eye on the city as they move to improve animal attractant deterrents, as well as other measures to help ensure that we don’t have a repeat of this summer’s tragic bear issues.
For more information, or to get involved, please contact me or [email protected] Until then, enjoy the snow, and the promise of a new year.
Mike Brooks-Hill
Vice-President and Director of Conservation

Gear up for Bike Swap

4th Annual Bike/Gear Swap & Expo
Saturday, April 29th 12pm – 3pm
Revelstoke Forum Arena (1100 Vernon Ave.)
$2 admission, $5 family admission, kids under 5 free!

Join the North Columbia Environmental Society and our many Expo hosts at our 4th annual bike and gear swap.
We’ve planned the event a little differently this year, but the bottom line remains the same: meet and mingle with like-minded individuals, help promote fossil fuel-free transportation, divert waste from landfills by recycling gently used sporting equipment, and shop local!
Pre-registration of equipment will be available and we can come pick up your gear before the event to make it hassle free.
Looking to sell your gear? – $2 tags per item (smaller items can be sold together), 10% commission (up to $50) collected by the NCES on all items.
Looking to buy gear? – $2 entrance fee, $5 family pass, kids under 5 are free.
Payment by cheque, credit/debit, or e-transfer will be accepted for items over $100 (additional charges may apply), but we strongly encourage cash sales.
Check the Facebook event page regularly for updates.
Want to volunteer? Contact Kate

Photography Contest!

The North Columbia Environmental Society believes that Revelstoke is a unique and thriving community and we need your help to show it off to the thousands of travelers that come through our city!
If you have a photo, or idea for a photo, which is representative of our community’s outdoor adventure and environmentally conscious lifestyle then submit it for our photography contest.
The winning photo will be used to promote the NCES to residents and tourists alike.
Contact us for more details!
Interested in contributing to the newsletter? Contact our Communications Director, Agathe Bernard