Find fresh air & activity with our outdoor scavenger hunt!

Getting outside for some fresh air and exercise helps us physically and mentally, especially in these difficult times. Itching to get outside with your family? Try a scavenger hunt. There are so many free templates to print off or download to your phone. There’s the adventure scavenger hunt, the backyard scavenger hunt, the alphabetical list, the four senses (we’ll leave taste out of it), and…

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Call for Nominations for Suzy Hamilton Legacy Fund Award

The Suzy Hamilton Legacy Fund honours the work of one woman environmental activist in the West Kootenay each year through a cash award. The fund was established at the Osprey Community Foundation in 2016 after the death of well-loved and dedicated West Kootenay environmental activist, journalist, founder of the West Kootenay EcoSociety and mentor to many, Suzy Hamilton. The public call for…

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Jumbo will stay wild!

Commander Glacier seen from near the landing where the Farnham Glacier blockade was in 2008. Photo courtesy of Pat Morrow. Breathe a collective sigh of relief! This was a long time coming. The Ktunaxa Nation Council had a special celebratory day on Saturday when they announced that Qat’muk, the Jumbo Valley, will stay pristine for generations to come! This is big news--so many people worked…

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Tell government to protect old growth forests

Photo: Colin Payne Photography You have a chance to help protect old growth forests in the Kootenays. The BC government is seeking public input on its old growth strategy. Our old growth forests support biodiversity, are vital as carbon sinks to mitigate the climate crisis, and allow plants and animals such as wolverines and caribou to thrive as no other forests can. Our old growth and our…

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Looking back on 2019

I think 2019 was our busiest year ever at the EcoSociety. Here's a look back at what we accomplished together with our staff, volunteers, members, donors and supporters. Six local governments signed-on to transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050 for all energy-use sectors community-wide. Volunteers worked hard so that over 10,500 people and 108 businesses support the clean energy transition.…

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Volunteers made us Trail’s Business of the Year

Okay, we didn’t see that coming! We blogged about being honoured to be nominated for Business of the Year at the Trail Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards. We honestly didn’t expect to win, so we were excited, grateful and a bit shocked when we found out we did. Setting up an office for an environmental organization in a new town could have been daunting. Some people were very open…

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