The Cheakamus Foundation for Environmental Learning is
delighted to announce a $10,000 contribution from TD Friends of the Environment Fund for enhancements to the Cheakamus Centre boardwalk and outdoor classroom
for aquatic habitat studies.
This funding will facilitate upgrades to the existing
boardwalk, and enlarge the observation and sampling platform for educational
instruction, as well as enrich pond habitat to support a wider diversity of
wildlife and plants.
“We are excited that this project will improve access and
understanding of this ecologically significant habitat,” says Sarah Bainbridge,
senior development officer for the Cheakamus Foundation. “Enhancing outdoor
learning space at Cheakamus Centre will further inspire discovery and
exploration, supporting environmental awareness and stewardship. We are
thrilled that we are able to make this happen with support from the TD Friends
of the Environment Foundation.”
The upgraded boardwalk will enable students to obtain pond
samples from the specially designed dipping platform and to get up close and
personal with aquatic life, while minimizing impacts on sensitive habitats.
Students, volunteers, and local environmental groups will have the opportunity
to provide meaningful contributions in the planning and execution of this
Established in 1969, Cheakamus Centre is an environmental
and Indigenous cultural education organization located on the traditional
territories of the Skwxwú7mesh people near Squamish, B.C.
Cheakamus Centre serves more than 15,000 visitors annually
from the Lower Mainland, Sea to Sky corridor and beyond. The centre also hosts
visitors from around the world for special events, workshops, conferences,
meetings, and retreats.