Environment Minister George Heyman announces BC Parks will contribute $30,000 to HCTF’s GO Grants program.

 

VICTORIA – To get more students out of the classroom and into the great outdoors, BC Parks is

contributing $30,000 from the sales of specialty licence plates to the Habitat Conservation

Trust Foundation’s (HCTF) GO Grants Program.

“By supporting the GO Grants Program, we are giving youth a chance to experience nature and

gain a unique learning experience in some of the most beautiful provincial parks B.C. has to

offer,” said George Heyman, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Strategy. “We

hope a new generation of young people will form a lifelong attachment to our province’s

diverse and rich natural environment.”

Minister Heyman announces GO Grants funding

The GO Grants Program provides funding for school field trips to provincial parks, and other

natural areas, so students can learn about B.C.’s fish and wildlife habitats, as well as

biodiversity, while fostering an appreciation for the environment. The trips give youth a chance

to spend time outdoors and participate in hands-on learning activities, such as beach seining,

releasing salmon fry, nature scavenger hunts, and plant and animal identification.

Last year, licence-plate funding supported outdoor learning in provincial parks for more than

700 students. Up to 2,500 students are anticipated to go on field trips this year, as demand for

the program is at an all-time high.

“We want every student in B.C. to have the opportunity to experience first-hand the incredible

diversity of animals and plants that are part of their communities,” said HCTF education

committee member Ken Ashley. “BC Parks’ contribution will enable an additional 2,100

students to participate this year. Connecting kids to nature helps build a conservation ethic that

is critical to protecting B.C.’s biodiversity for future generations.”

Dr. Ken Ashley speaks on behalf of HCTF at GO Grants at Goldstream Provincial Park

The B.C. government is reinvesting all net proceeds from the sale and ongoing renewals of BC

Parks licence plates back into provincial parks, to ensure action is taken to protect the

environment and achieve conservation goals.

 

Students from Ecole Margaret Jenkins Elementary School on a GO Grant field trip to Goldstream Provincial Park.