Youth and the Biosphere

WildPacificTrailYouth are the future of the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region. Their relationships with this place are special and, combined with a solid education, our children will be prepared to guide us. They will become the leaders and decision-makers determining the path of conservation, sustainable development, quality of life and the preservation of valuable traditional beliefs.


Our Youth and the Biosphere program is linked to UNESCO’s mandate in the area of education. From formal education programs delivered within schools to informal learning delivered beyond four walls for students of all ages, our educational programs have increased understanding about the places in which we live.

Fostering the relationship between our youth and this special place was the driving force between creating the Youth and the Biosphere initiative. In addition to annual scholarships delivered in partnership with Genus Capital Management, the CBT participates in projects that help young people gain greater insight into their connection to the diversity and uniqueness of Clayoquot Sound.

Current Youth and the Biosphere projects:

  • West Coast Community Connections: Funding for programs or events that connect youth on the West Coast. Grants up to $2000. Contact Faye Missar if you are interested! 
  • Youth Action Grants: Small grants (up to $1000) are available for local youth spearheading projects in their school or community. Contact Faye Missar if you are interested! 
  • Students on Ice – We are no longer accepting applications. The deadline was May 5, 2017. 


The CBT, in partnership with the Community Foundations of Canada (CFC), would like to send one youth delegate from the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region to take part in an Arctic expedition from August 8 – 23, 2017 with the Students on Ice Foundation.

About the Students on Ice Foundation

The Students on Ice Foundation (SOI) educates the world’s youth about the importance of the Polar Regions, supports them in their continued personal and professional growth and inspires and catalyzes initiatives that contribute to global sustainability.

In their core expedition program, SOI takes youth from around the world on life-changing journeys to the Polar Regions. Youth are introduced to a broad spectrum of dialogue related to these regions ranging from arts and culture, history and politics, science and sustainable development, glaciology and climate change, economy, governance and geopolitics and many other polar topics.

Learn more about SOI by visiting their website:

About the Arctic Expedition 2017

The 2017 SOI Arctic expedition will be a profound hands-on experience for youth to expand their knowledge of the changing circumpolar world, foster a new understanding and respect for the planet, and gain the inspiration and motivation needed to help lead us to a healthy and sustainable future.

Our ship-based expedition will bring together more than 100 youth from around the world with inspiring scientists, elders, educators, artists, musicians, CEO’s, dignitaries, journalists, authors and innovators. Immersed in nature and engaged in a cross-disciplinary activity, students will be inspired, motivated, educated and challenged.

Each day will be filled with exploration, discovery, presentations, workshops, hands-on research, hikes, and lots of adventure! Activities will include wildlife encounters, visits to Arctic communities, as well as the opportunity to acquire first-hand knowledge and insight into the dynamics of climate change, traditional knowledge, scientific research, and policy and other important Arctic and global topics.

Learn more about this opportunity by downloading and reading the application guide here, or contact Faye Missar, Program Coordinator


Recent Youth and the Biosphere projects include:

  • Involving local high school students in our community advisory granting committees
  • Developing Sustainability Studies 11/12 curriculum (approved by SD #70) to provide a framework for learning about local issues such as food security, sustainable development, ecosystem-based management and civic engagement;
  • Coordinating  Generation Y-Not, a program which helps foster leadership skills and opportunities for youth within the biosphere region and helps connect  youth to each other and to find meaningful ways to participate in their communities;
  • Creation of the “What I Learned About My Biosphere” program, which supports local schools so they can get students outside to experience the biosphere region first hand;
  • Seek ongoing support for the USS Kayaking 11/12 course that provides students with locally-relevant training and certification to become a sea kayak guide;
  • Support for a biosphere region-wide consultation on youth services and youth planning, a gap analysis with youth service workers and a regional youth forum.

Please donate to our Youth and the Biosphere program.

If you have any questions or ideas please contact:


Faye Missar

250-725-2219 office