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.”
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.”
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.