What's Happening?

BC Hydro helps to re-energize Cheakamus cabin

Cheakamus Foundation is pleased to announce that BC Hydro’s Community Giving program has confirmed $5,000 towards cabin upgrades at Cheakamus Centre. A deep energy retrofit on two of ten cabins will be completed in July 2018. The Broad Impact Grant will be used towards energy-efficiency upgrades to a third cabin, slated for a fall construction start. The Cheakamus Foundation is actively seeking donations and in-kind support for the Cabin Enhancement Project to build on this positive momentum.

Belted Kingfisher: Cheakamus Centre Bird of the Year 2018

It was a close race with the American dipper, hooded merganser, and red-breasted Sapsucker in the first-ever Cheakamus Centre Bird of the Year contest, but in the end the belted kingfisher rose to the top.

Votes were earned by identifying several of the different species that call the Cheakamus Centre home for at least part of the year. In total, 212 votes were cast with 86 going to the Belted Kingfisher.

Learn more.

Kingfisher Photo © Alan and Elaine Wilson (https://www.naturespicsonline.com/about)

Grant Writing Workshop Available!

Are you part of a not-for-profit organization, a community volunteer, or individual seeking grants and sponsorships? During this collaborative workshop you will learn how to write applications, structure budgets, and prepare proposal materials.

Fee: Donation of $35 - includes Friends of Cheakamus membership and support for environmental education initiatives.

Date: Monday, June 25th

Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm

To register, please contact Sarah at sarah@cheakamuscentre.ca

Summer camps are almost here ...

Cheakamus Centre is host to a incredible camp this summer!

Every year, Artists for Kids takes a group of 8 to 18 year old children and youth up to Paradise Valley for Summer School of the Arts. Both the junior group (ages 8 to 12) and the senior class (ages 13 to 18) are paired with a professional artist who presents on their work throughout the week. The students work with Art Specialist Teachers to make art of their own in response to the presentations from the Visiting Artist. There are also blocks of recreation time where the students go canoeing, hiking, or sketch the gorgeous scenery that surrounds them. Learn more.

Chef Wade Making Maple Syrup!

Our Executive Chef, Wade Rowland has been very busy this fall and winter season. Chef and his team have been engaged in tapping maple trees at Cheakamus Centre for a few years now. Recently, it has played a role in our Outdoor School programming and the children have been more involved than ever in this wonderful experience. Check out Chef's Lesson Plan to learn more. 

Check out this Video of how maple syrup is made, from tapping to reducing and all of the steps in between!
Check out Chef Wade's new Blog too!

Call for Memories!

In the lead up to Cheakamus Centre’s 50th Anniversary in 2019, we are calling all students, parents, and teachers to submit pictures, postcards, and stories of their favourite Outdoor School and Skw’une-was experiences. Materials can be emailed to kulvir@shaw.ca or sarah@cheakamuscentre.ca

Finalist for Best Wedding Reception Venue!

We are thrilled to share this amazing news that Cheakamus Centre and more specifically our beautiful LEED® Platinum Environmental Learning Centre was recently named a finalist for the BC Wedding Awards 2017 - Best Wedding Reception Venue. Congrats as well to all of the other winners and finalists nominated for a BC Wedding Award.

The Transat Sustainable Tourism Award

We are thrilled to share this exciting news about our hospitality partner, The Listel Hospitality Group, who was recently named as a finalist in the Sustainability category at the 2017 Canadian Tourism Awards! Congrats as well to co-finalists; Churchill Wild of Ile des Chenes, Manitoba and Mistaken Point Cape Race Heritage Site of Trepassey, Newfoundland.

Cheakamus Centre launches new membership program

Cheakamus Centre launches a brand-new Friends of Cheakamus program. Outdoor enthusiasts of all ages with a love for nature, the environment, and education are encouraged to join today. As a Friend of Cheakamus, members receive a range of benefits that includes special member events, free access to over 140 nature centres, and more. Sign up!