A new resource is now available to guide locals and tourists through the abundance of educational resources and program available on the West Coast.

New website showcases educational opportunities around Tofino and Ucluelet

“I hope people will check out the website and identify programs that we need to add and also programs that they want to participate in.”

Educational opportunities abound in the West Coast’s natural playground but, with crowded Facebook feeds and cluttered bulletin boards, they can be hard to spot.

The West Coast’s eight communities each offer unique learning experiences and the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust is building a map to help locals and visitors find them.

Through its recently launched www.westcoastnest.org the CBT has cast a broad and alluring net to capture inquisitive minds.

Standing for nature, education. sustainability and transformation, the CBT’s West Coast N.E.S.T. initiative is a regional collaboration between local organizations, cultures, and communities, according to CBT executive director Rebecca Hurwitz.

“Together we have more to offer,” she said.

The website is in soft-launch mode so that locals can check it out and make sure all opportunities are accounted for before it’s marketed to out-of-towners.

“We know there’s a lot going on and we haven’t captured it all in the website yet,” Hurwitz said.

“I hope people will check out the website and identify programs that we need to add and also programs that they want to participate in.”

She added both Tourism Tofino and Tourism Ucluelet are ready unleash their marketing powers once the site is deemed ready for prime time.

“We’re going to go full-speed ahead with the local destination marketing organizations,” she said.

“Those DMO’s are going to help us to market the education opportunities outside of the region. So, we’re really working with the folks who have the skills and experience to make this a success.”

Hurwitz has been delighted to see the West Coast’s eight communities come together to invest in educational tourism and said the program’s value stemmed from its regionally collaborative approach. She is confident the finished product will bring a valuable boost to both the West Coast’s tourism economy and local capacity.

“We want to spark a desire to travel to the West Coast for purposeful learning with visitors and, at the same time, we want to have a one stop shop so that locals who are interested in learning more, and participating in courses, know where to find information,” she said.

“We know that tourism is the main driver in some of our communities and we have an opportunity to attract visitors who meet our vision and values for our region. We have an amazing natural environment and there are opportunities to research, study and explore what education really means through one-on-one experiences in this setting.”

She added attracting tourists to local programs will help those programs grow.

“We know that lots of organizations and businesses are already offering education programs, but many of them are not as fully subscribed as they could be and we would like to increase the viability of the programs and, in turn, see more programs being offered,” she said.

“We hope this will be a positive reinforcement circle.”

The website, along with 12 months of completed CBT programming, was paid for with $70,000 from the Pacific Salmon Treaty fund and $30,000 from the Island Coastal Economic Trust.

The CBT has also put in an application to the BC Rural Dividend Fund to hire an education coordinator who will support the marketing and maintenance of www.westcoastnest.org while working with local organizations to expand and enhance the Coast’s educational programming.

 

Just Posted

Ucluelet talks pot shops

Two applications are being considered as cannabis retailers.

Ahousaht students kick off school year with inspirational field-trip

Maaqtusiis kicks off year with two-night stay at Cedar Coast Field Station on Vargas Island

Surf’s Up event in Tofino offers a wave of positivity for families living with autism

“There’s no other opportunity like this for kids like Rylan.”

2019 FEDERAL ELECTION: Meet the candidates for the Courtenay-Alberni riding

In an effort to inform the Courtenay-Alberni riding constituents, we have supplied… Continue reading

Crew keeps worried mother at bay while rescuing entangled baby humpback near Ucluelet

“These animals are massive, they’re powerful and it really is dangerous.”

‘I shouldn’t have done it,’ Trudeau says of brownface photo

Trudeau says he also wore makeup while performing a version of a Harry Belafonte song

35 of 87 dogs in 2018 Williams Lake seizure were euthanized due to behavioural issues, BCSPCA confirm

The dogs did not respond to the behaviour modification and remained terrified of humans

B.C. ‘tent city’ disputes spark call for local government autonomy

UBCM backs Maple Ridge after province overrules city

B.C. drug dealers arrested after traffic stop near Banff turns into helicopter pursuit

Antonio Nolasco-Padia, 23, and Dina Anthony, 55, both well-known to Chilliwack law enforcement

B.C. MLA calls on province to restrict vaping as first related illness appears in Canada

Todd Stone, Liberal MLA for Kamloops-South Thompson, introduced an anti-vaping bill in April

Chilliwack woman wins right to medically assisted death after three-year court battle

Julia Lamb has been the lead plaintiff in a legal battle to ease restrictions on Canada’s assisted dying laws

B.C. bus crash survivor petitions feds to fix road where classmates died

UVic student’s petition well over halfway to 5k signature goal

Most Read