The Village of Cumberland and the Cumberland Community Forest Society (CCFS) have collaborated to offer two new spring break camps designed to foster ecological stewardship in the next generation of forest guardians.

The two “Forest Stewardship Camps,” open to children ages eight to 13, will be led by outdoor educator Renée Baron, founder of DV8 Education, based on a curriculum developed by the CCFS. The camps are intended to deliver a fun-focused recreational experience while sharing knowledge about local plants, animals and ecosystems and fostering a reverence for, and a desire to protect, wild spaces.

“This camp is guided by the vision that the more we interact with the natural world, and experience its intelligence and wonders, the more inspired we will be to protect it,” said CCFS executive director Meaghan Cursons. “This camp is all about playing, exploring and building meaningful connections with the natural spaces surrounding the Village of Cumberland.”

Complementing the two spring break camps is a new afterschool program called Cumberland Nature Stewards, which is also led by Baron and designed in partnership with the CCFS to inspire ecological stewardship through play and exploration.

“Cumberland is blessed in that it sits on the doorstep of some truly remarkable natural areas,” said Ryan Parton, recreation and culture supervisor for the Village of Cumberland. “Many of our residents take an active interest in recreating sustainably within the Cumberland Forest, and I expect these programs to be very well received by the community.”

In addition to the CCFS-partnered programs, the Village of Cumberland will also offer its traditional adventure and art camps, with options for kids aged five to 14. Registration for all spring programs opens on Monday, March 8 at 7:00 a.m. For more information and to register, visit cumberland.ca/recprograms

There is a cap of 10 participants for the CCFS camp, and 12 participants for the art and adventure camps.

“All camps will be run in accordance with current public health orders and guidance provided by the B.C. Recreation and Parks Association,” added Parton. “The health of our participants and our community is paramount, and we’re confident that our COVID-19 safety plan contains measures to deliver these camps safely.”