As you can appreciate, everything about the Tofino region’s rainforest ecosystem involves conservation efforts. From protecting shorelines and wildlife to sustainable living, if it’s something environmentally oriented, the Raincoast Education Society (RES) is involved. And whether it’s the full-scale UNESCO Biosphere Reserve calibre projects RES has on the go, or Kids Camps right here at Pacific Sands, we’re big fans on every level.
An independent non-profit organization established in August 2000, RES is on a mission to help shape a sustainable future for the Clayoquot and Barkley Sound region through education and community involvement. So much so that when we asked Executive Director Dan Harrison what he’s most excited about for the coming year, he had a lot to cover.
“Conservation is our goal, and education is our tool,” Dan declared. “This year we’re launching even more multi-day courses for visitors on everything from mushrooms to whales, plus our monthly speaker series includes some of the top environmental leaders in the region. In short, this area is a natural laboratory, research is the key, and we have so many fantastic projects happening.”
RES is all about passion, that’s for sure. And Dan and his team have no shortage of it.
Which is why we’re super thrilled to again be working with RES on our free summer Kid’s Camps. Almost as thrilled as our returning young campers! Held daily in July/August, they’re a huge amount of fun for kids, because RES makes learning fun! From animal tracking and survival skills, to sea otters and whales, what can we say…kids just can’t get enough of tide-pools!
How else can you get involved with RES on your next visit?
- Go day tripping through the rainforest. RES offers private interpretive walks–simply contact them for more information.
- You can also time your stay around RES monthly speakers, courses or events including the Tofino Shorebird Festival (May 2 to 4) or the Tofino Lantern Festival (Aug 17).
- Make a difference by donating in a small way through our DVD rental library or in a bigger way through individual and corporate donations.
We feel so incredibly fortunate to be located in one of the most ecologically rich landscapes on the planet, and thanks to the proactive efforts of organizations like RES, the natural magnificence of Tofino and the surrounding area will be preserved for generations to come.
Photo: Wayne Barnes