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The Youth 4 the Credit stewardship program offers teens an opportunity to get involved in their community with COVID-19 protocols in place. Participants tackle environmental stewardship projects such as tree planting with their peers. CVC staff supervise and mentor teen volunteers during activities at each event.

Events will take place in communities across the Credit River Watershed on weekends.

How to Get Involved

  • What: A mandatory virtual training session will give teens the guidance they need to participate in the Youth 4 the Credit stewardship events.
  • Duration: 75 minutes (approximate)
  • Who: Youth participating in the program and CVC staff
  • Topics Covered: CVC’s Code of Conduct policies, health and safety for planting event, how to prepare for the field trip, and presentation covering local nature and wildlife, issues affecting environmental health such a climate change, how to take action and more!
  • Registration: Teens must attend one of our mandatory training sessions before they can participate in an event.

  • What: A hands-on stewardship project and interactive nature interpretation led by CVC staff where participants may:
    • Plant native trees and shrubs
    • Conduct field studies (e.g. tree or stream study)
    • Hike on a nature trail
    • Activities to explore local plants and animals, the impacts of climate change and/or local environmental issue.
  • Duration: Four hours (approximately 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., with lunch break)
  • Who: Youth participating in the program and CVC staff
  • Registration: Teens can register for multiple events, however we ask that you fully commit to the days you sign up for as space is limited.
  • COVID-19 Safety: Teens are expected to follow COVID-19 guidelines at all times.

  • The program is designed to give high school aged youth an opportunity to connect with nature and take part in environmental activities.
  • Youth can earn hours of community involvement towards required hours for gradation.
  • Participants must be between of the ages of 14-18 to participate.
  • Participants must register for one mandatory training session first, then they can sign up for volunteer events.
  • The Youth 4 the Credit Stewardship program is free thanks to generous support of funders and is offered to youth within the Credit River Watershed 
  • Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from event sites.
  • Washroom amenities may not be available at some event sites.
  • The program runs rain or shine, with exception of severe weather.
  • Participants are expected to follow CVC’s Code of Conduct policies at all times to ensure all participants have the greatest individual experience during the program.

The wellbeing of our participants and staff is our top priority. Participants are required to follow COVID-19 best practices and safety protocols:

  • Stay at home if you are feeling sick, if you have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive, or are under self-quarantine.
  • Practice physical distancing and best hygiene practices in compliance with local and provincial guidelines. We will do everything we can to ensure participants maintain physical distancing at our events. If this is not possible, staff and participants will be asked to wear a safety mask.
  • Bring your own snacks, lunch and water.
  • Bring your own mask and gloves.
  • Equipment and supplies, such as shovels, will be provided but you can bring your own shovel.
  • Dress for the weather and wear long pants and closed-toe shoes or boots.
  • We’re following provincial and local guidelines for outdoor gatherings. There will be a maximum of 25 participants, including staff, at the event.
  • You must acknowledge and read all CVC waivers and forms.
  • You must also bring a signed Youth 4 the Credit waiver form signed by a parent/guardian (no digital signatures) in order to participate in the event
  • Online registration and COVID-19 pre-screening are required for all CVC events. You must complete the online self-screening  24 hours before an event and upon arrival at the event.
  • You will receive notification if events change or are cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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