Wildsight News

What will you fight for?

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I watched my husband and my son march with Search and Rescue in our small town’s Remembrance Day parade yesterday morning. I was filled to the brim as I thought of my grandfather, a second world war navy veteran, and how proud he would be to see my family’s beautiful life and know that he had fought for something. ... Read more »

"Bringing It Home" to Cranbrook

Bringing It Home

Citizens for a Livable Cranbrook and Wildsight Kimberley Cranbrook present Bringing it Home, a documentary film that takes a close look at the past, present and future of hemp and a global industry that includes textiles, building materials, food products, bio-plastics, auto parts and more.

The show will be starting at 7pm in the main campus lecture theatre at College of the Rockies in Cranbrook on Monday November 16th.

Admission is by donation.

Monica Nissen Receives National Environmental Education Award 


Monica Nissen, local Nelson resident and Director of Wildsight’s education programs, was awarded a prestigious national award in Canmore last week—the 2015 Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication Award of Excellence.

Monica’s passion for the wilderness and her gift for teaching drew her into the field of environmental education where she has worked both inside and outside the classroom for the past 20 years. ... Read more »

Wild and Scenic Film Fest Back to Kimberley November 7th

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That’s right you heard it, The Wild and Scenic Film Festival is stopping in the McKim Middle School Theatre in Kimberley yet again on Saturday November 7th 2015. Doors will be opening at 7pm giving time to settle into your seats for 7:30pm. You can expect music, food, drinks, door prizes supplied by the likes of Patagonia and Kleen Kanteen among others, and great times.

Tickets are available through https://secure.wildsight.ca/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=102, by contacting Andrea Chapman at 250-427-9325 x 221, and kimcran@wildsight.ca. Prices are $10 for Wildsight Members and Youth 18 and under, $15 for Non-Members, and $20 for New Memberships (THIS PRICE INCLUDES A FREE TICKET!) ... Read more »

Elk Valley Environmental Monitoring Committee Open House


The public is invited to the first annual Elk Valley Environmental Monitoring Committee (EMC) open house to learn more about the water quality monitoring and management work being undertaken in the Elk Valley under Teck’s Environmental Management Act permit and the Elk Valley Water Quality Plan. The open house is an opportunity to ask questions of EMC members and Teck representatives about water quality and mining in the region, and the work conducted by the EMC over the past year. ... Read more »

Invermere's 2nd Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival!


Wildsight Invermere is delighted to announce its 2nd Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Sunday, November 29, 2015 at the Invermere Community Hall. 

Doors open at 5pm with pizza & a cash bar & lots of cool mountain people, followed by nine films at 6pm, spanning the world from Myanmar to South Africa to Alaska, bringing stories with environmental and outdoor adventure themes to the wide screen. GREAT DOOR PRIZES + much sought-after RAFFLE TICKETS.

TICKET INFO: $20 for Wildsight members, $25 for Non-members, and $10 for Youth (18 & under).   ... Read more »

Cranbrook Students Clean up Joseph Creek


Cranbrook, BC - Last Friday, 19 Grade 7/8 students from Kootenay Christian Academy worked together to clean up 100 kilos of waste from Joseph Creek. Concentrating their efforts around the perimeter of the Tamarack Mall parking area, they removed candy wrappers, drinks cups, plastic tops, straws and shopping bags, and even some hubcaps. 

 The clean-up was a Student Action Project, an integral part of Know Your Watershed, an environmental education program of the Columbia Basin Trust, administered and managed by Wildsight.  ... Read more »

Annual Harvest Party - Cranbrook

Cranbrook Annual Harvest Party

Join the Cranbrook Food Action Committee as they host their Annual Harvest Party this Sunday October 4th at the Cranbrook Public Produce Garden. There will be food, games, harvesting, and garlic planting. Wildsight Kimberley/Cranbrook always supports sustainable food practices and is leading apple gleaning and juice making efforts in conjunction with the celebration this Sunday.

In Cranbrook apples are ripe for the picking and are a major contributor to human/wildlife conflict. So come on out and help us pick those trees clean then create delicious fresh apple juice that can be shared with family and friends. If you or someone you know is interested in helping with the apple effort, please note the following: ... Read more »

Water Harvesting Workshop

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Are you interested in reducing your water consumption, shrinking your environmental footprint and saving money while doing it? Join us on Tuesday October 13th as we welcome one of Canada's top permaculture educators Rob Avis for this three hour evening workshop that will help you do just that.

In less than 10 years, Rob left Calgary’s oil fields and retooled his engineering career to help clients and students design integrated systems for shelter, energy, water, waste and food, all while supporting local economy and regenerating the land. He’s now leading the next wave of permaculture education, teaching career-changing professionals to become eco-entrepreneurs with successful regenerative businesses. ... Read more »

Approval of Lake Louise Resort Expansion Raises Serious Concern


Today, a diverse group of Canadians gathered in Banff to call for an end to inappropriate commercialization of Canada’s national parks. 

A rash of commercial projects in Banff and Jasper National Parks, and the recent last-minute approval of the Lake Louise Ski Resort’s large expansion, have privatized use of public lands and threatened the framework that controls development in Canada’s parks.  ... Read more »

Patagonia Presents Jumbo Wild


Patagonia Presents Jumbo Wild, a film by Sweetgrass Productions. For decades, First Nations, conservationists, backcountry skiers and snowboarders have fought a proposed large-scale ski resort deep in the Purcell Mountains of British Columbia. After 24 years of opposition, what more will it take to keep Jumbo wild for good?

The film will tour across North America throughout October, but it premieres right here in the Kootenays. ... Read more »

Golden Apple Festival Returns!


Wildsight Golden is hosting a ‘fruitful’ celebration in honour of our community’s apple abundance. In collaboration with several organizations (Golden Farmers' Market, Golden Food Bank, WildSafeBC and Region 4 Indigenous Co-op), the 2nd Annual Golden Apple Festival will be held on Saturday, September 26th, 12pm-5pm at the Spirit Square! 

Our community's apple press will be a central feature for all who would like to juice their apples. So bring one, bring all apples, and don’t forget to bring a container to carry your delicious and juicy harvest home. Festival participants will be entertained with live music performed by John Jenkins’ Smalltown Revival as well as additional musicians still to be announced.  ... Read more »

Victory! Environmental Education Returned to BC Curriculum

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Environmental Education has been returned to the BC curriculum thanks to your input and support! 

Last spring, when the first draft of brand new curriculum for BC was released, teachers all over the province noticed that there was something glaringly missing: Environmental Education.

Believing in the fundamental importance of learning about ecosystems, ecology and sustainability, thousands of letters were sent to the Ministry of Education, petitions signed and voices raised, united in their message to bring Environmental Education back into the new curriculum. ... Read more »

Job Opportunity: Wildsight Kimberley/Cranbrook seeks Environmental Program Assistant

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The Environmental Program Assistant will become part of the Wildsight Kimberley/Cranbrook team and work toward the common goals of the organization. The main responsibilities will include:

• Assisting the Food Sustainability Coordinator with Kimberley Open Gate Garden tasks;
o Engaging community groups, volunteers, school groups, public, and visitors,
o Developing and maintaining the garden, equipment, and infrastructure as needed,
o Aiding in hands-on workshops,
o Aiding in the planning and delivery of special events and workshops.

• Assisting the Branch Manager with various tasks associated with the operation of Wildsight Kimberley/Cranbrook; ... Read more »

Garden Party and Gazebo Opening!

Making Apple Juice

Join us on Sunday September 20th at 2pm at the Kimberley Open Gate Garden on Rotary Drive for the celebration of celebrations! We will be cutting the ribbon on the brand new gazebo, harvesting the bounty and eating it too, juicing apples that were picked earlier in the day, and even watching zucchini races. That's right, you heard me. Zucchini Races!

There will be something for everyone so come on down, bring a chair, friends and family, a potluck item to share, and let us celebrate our efforts together. Want to pick apples and juice them too? Then come down to the garden at 10am sharp to get in on the apple picking effort or bring your juicy additions to the garden at noon. ... Read more »

Conservationists Celebrate Expanded Protection for the Castle

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After a 40-year-long struggle between advocacy groups and the government, the Alberta Government has announced that it will expand protection in the Castle wilderness area along the BC Alberta border.

Just north of Waterton National Park, the protected area will conserve roughly 1020 km2 of one of the most biologically rich and diverse landscapes in the country. Along with providing critical habitat for grizzly bears, wolverine and west-slope cutthroat trout, the area also acts as a water tower for southern Alberta.

This landmark and long-awaited decision shows Alberta’s commitment to environmental leadership and further demonstrates the need for British Columbia to protect their own portion of this region, the Crown of the Continent.  ... Read more »

Lake Enid Picnic - End of Summer Celebration with Wildsight Invermere on Sept 11, 5-8 pm

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Come and celebrate the final days of summer with fine-feathered friends at Lake Enid on Friday evening, Sept 11, 5-8 pm.

Bring a potluck dish to share, if you can. Bring something to put on the BBQ, if you like. We’ll provide the dessert.

Bring your own plate, cutlery, and lawn chair. Bring a friend. Everyone is welcome.

For more info: 250-341-3554, or invermere@wildsight.ca ... Read more »

Fall Kitchen Workshops 2015


The Fall Kitchen workshops are back! This season Wildsight Kimberley/Cranbrook and the Cranbrook Food Action Committee will be focusing on three tantalizing kitchen sessions including tomato preservation, cheese-making, and an in depth cooking session with kale.

If that isn't enough, we are also offering a discount if you decide to sign up for all three, totalling $25 in savings!

For more information and to sign up, click here for Kimberley, here for Cranbrook

Our 2015 Water Appeal is On!


Do you love to swim, paddle, fish or drink clean water? Help us make sure our water is clear and abundant now and for future generations. 

Give to our water programs today.

Job Opportunity: Seeking Passionate Environmental Educators


Are you passionate about inspiring awe and wonder in our children? Wildsight is looking for new educators to take kids outside into their wild backyards, connect them with nature and teach them about sustainability. If you are an experienced Environmental Educator who lives in Invermere or Golden, we’re looking for dynamic people to lead our Education in the Wild, Know Your Watershed and Beyond Recycling programs.

All interested applicants, please send a letter of interest and a CV to office@wildsight.ca.

Find out more about our programs here

Tuesday Evening Work Bee

Build a Tea Garden

Come out to the Kimberley Open Gate Garden on Rotary this coming Tuesday evening between 7pm - 9pm to help build the new Tea Garden! Eddie will be there to guide the activity all you need to do is bring yourself, a friend would be nice, some gloves if you have them, and tools if you can.

If you do drop by to help and have extra tea related herbs you can add to the garden, please bring them with you and they will be happy to have a new home!

Harvest Festival Coming to Fernie


When the fall hits Fernie, a new event will be coming to town to help celebrate the harvest in the Elk Valley. Our Harvest Feast & Fest - Fernie’s Fall Fair will be held September 19th and 20th in Prentice Park and will bring the community together to enjoy our local harvest.

The “Feast” on the evening of Saturday, September the 19th will be prepared by Chef Barrie Elliott, winner of Chopped Canada - a televised Food Network competition. The harvest feast will feature a locally-sourced menu of harvest cuisine, served ‘en plain air’ at the Community EcoGarden. Local wine and beer will be available for purchase, alongside live music and a fundraiser auction with all proceeds going towards keeping Fernie wild. ... Read more »

Wild Times: Summer 2015

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The summer edition of the Wild Times is out! Read about water, citizen science, Jumbo and backpacking trips for teens. 

Check it all out here

Join us for a Maiden Lake Community Cleanup!


The Elk Valley Branch of Wildsight is excited to partner with the Fernie Trail Alliance and the East Kootenay Invasive Plants Council to organize a community volunteer effort to clean‐up Maiden Lake.

In cooperation with Schickedanz West, we would like to invite you to join us any time from noon to 8pm on August 13th for an extensive shoreline clean‐up, invasive plant pull, re‐seeding, trail trimming and maintenance effort.

Please bring your gardening tools, weed trimmers, gloves, protective gear, and water.

Maiden Lake is an Eastern Gateway to our beautiful city, as residents and concerned locals we can give back in appreciation for this amazing city amenity.

East West Jumbo Hike, August 15

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It’s become a semi-annual tradition: the East-West Jumbo Hike, where people hike from the East and West Kootenays, uniting at the Jumbo Pass to celebrate the wild Jumbo Valley. This year has been an exceptional year for Jumbo – let’s celebrate!

Join us on Saturday, August 15 for a hike to the Jumbo Pass. We aim to meet near the Jumbo Pass Cabin at 2pm. If you are coming from the East side, please register here. We will gather at Kicking Horse Cafe in Invermere at 9am to help facilitate carpooling.

You can find a description of the hike, here.  ... Read more »