Seren Ellis (Natural Resources Conservation)

Summer Camp Leader with North Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association in Vancouver, BC

Seren standing outside the Bloedel Conservatory.

During my first Co-op term I have been working with the Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association (VBGA), and most closely with VanDusen Botanical Garden as a Summer Camp Leader. The VBGA was founded in 1966 by a group of activists hoping to preserve natural green spaces in a sprawling urban environment. As a Summer Camp Leader, I have been able to utilize my understanding of key plant species of British Columbia, to help educate youth about the importance of appreciating and respecting natural ecosystems of our province. During each week of camps, I help to organize and run a fieldtrip for the all the campers to visit Bloedel Conservatory where they can learn about many tropical plants and birds. The Forestry Co-op program has provided me with the key foundational skills to help me successfully enter the work force. It has been an amazing way for me to apply my academic knowledge in a workplace setting.

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