The Wild and Immersive program at Malcolm Knapp Research Forest (MKRF) has been given the 2023 Maple Ridge Stewardship of a Community Cultural Asset Award.
This award recognizes a group who conserves a physical area, practices, expressions, knowledge and/or skills to advance the appreciation and understanding of a community cultural asset.
Liz Smith, the Business Improvement Coordinator at MKRF, said that the award recognizes the ongoing work of the Wild and Immersive team.
“We are so grateful to our community and the families and participants who come to our programs each year,” she said. “We wouldn’t be able to run this program without them, and this award acknowledges that what we provide to this community is important and valued.”
Wild & Immersive runs educational programming for youth out of the UBC Malcolm Knapp Research Forest, with a goal to teach the importance of our local ecosystems and diverse ecology and planting the seed of environmental curiosity.
Wild & Immersive was created in 2017 to increase knowledge and environmental educational experiences to members of the community. Current programs include Forest School, day camps, overnight camps, field trips, retreats, and special events.
“We believe that hands-on activities and outdoor recreation creates understanding and lifelong connection to the natural world,” Smith said. “The future health of our planet depends on managing our relationship with nature. Through delivering programs that educate and engage, we ensure the youth of today will play leading roles in designing their tomorrow.”