West Vancouver has some of the most biodiverse natural areas in the region that provide us with clean air, fresh drinking water and amazing recreational opportunities. With increasing pressures on our environment, protecting and enhancing natural assets is needed for long-term sustainability.
Environmental stewardship is about caring for our natural assets. District of West Vancouver staff and local stewardship groups lead many stewardship initiatives. There are plenty of ways for you to get involved!
The actions we take as stewards include:
- invasive species removal and management
- tree canopy and forest habitat protection
- creek and riparian areas management for fish and wildlife
- habitat box installations for bees and bats
Ways you can get involved:
- connect with a local stewardship group
- talk to your neighbours about removing invasive plants from private property in your community
Volunteer with us
Make a difference for our environment by caring for, enhancing and protecting green spaces. With more than 140 parks and natural areas in West Vancouver, there are many environmental initiatives for you to support and get involved with.
Visit the links below to become a District volunteer or join an upcoming event.
Below is information on current stewardship groups in West Vancouver, including contact information and website links (if available). If you are interested in more information, including joining a group, please use the contact information provided.
The District joined the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup in 2018 as a designated Clean Shoreline Community, one of the largest conservation programs in Canada.
On April 22, 2018 (Earth Day) the District held its first official Clean Shoreline Community cleanup event at Whytecliff Park. We look forward to the next shoreline cleanup event!
Ocean Ambassadors Canada's mission is to start Canadians on a journey of reconnecting with nature, caring for the ocean and learning ways they can help to restore and protect it. Through hands-on educational workshops, summer camps and business initiatives, they inspire young people, communities and businesses to make real change.
The Old Growth Conservancy Society has the aim of working with members of environmental and recreation groups and District of West Vancouver staff to protect Old Growth Conservancy (Hollyburn Ridge) through education and interpretation projects, site monitoring and consultation.
Alan Bardsley, Director
Paul Hundal, President
The West Vancouver Shoreline Preservation Society has the aim of promoting and assisting, through habitat improvement projects and community involvement, the preservation of the West Vancouver shoreline as a habitat for sea life.
The West Vancouver Streamkeeper Society has the aim of working with the District of West Vancouver and Fisheries and Oceans Canada to monitor, maintain and improve creeks, protect and restore salmon habitat, conduct spawner surveys and promote public awareness through education.
Sign up to be a volunteer and view upcoming events:
Invasive plants are non-native species that have been introduced to British Columbia without the insect predators and plant pathogens that help keep them in check in their native habitats.
Find out how you can help stop the spread of invasive plants in our community.