Welcome to Downsview Park’s Youth Environmental Stewardship (YES) Program!
Our nine-week program empowers participants to support the beautiful forests and meadows of Downsview Park through direct stewardship action. Not only will you make new park connections, but you’ll also earn community service hours (up to 18 hours!) and gain valuable volunteer experience for your resume.
This opportunity is open to youth between the ages of 14 and 24, who are able to commit to an eight-week program. We'll be meeting on Wednesdays from 4:00-6:00 pm, where we will work as a team to improve naturalized areas through the removal of invasive species, native plantings, and ecological monitoring. No experience or tools are necessary - just a passion for nature and a willingness to learn!
What should I do if I cannot attend the full program time?
Please apply and indicate your ideal timing in the form, we may be able to accommodate your alternative schedule.
What equipment do I need to participate?
All participants must wear closed toe shoes. We encourage you to wear clothing that you are comfortable getting muddy and to consider a hat and a water bottle.
Where does the program meet?
Each program starts at the Discovery Centre, the south doors of 70 Canuck Avenue.
What does a typical program look like?
All programs start with a brief welcome in the Discovery Centre followed by a visit to the forest prairie and/or greenhouse for group stewardship.