Dr. Lynne Brookes, NIWRA volunteer, right, explains to a visitor how micro plants and bugs help macro animals in the wild. — Photo submitted by NIWRA

Errington wildlife centre seeks volunteers

Educational wildlife programs being developed for new discovery campus

The North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre in Errington is celebrating the Year of Discovery and is inviting interested members of the public to join them as volunteers.

NIWRA’s goal is to develop a Discovery Campus, where the public is invited to the centre along with thousands of school-age children. Extensive educational programs have been formulated for the centre’s volunteers to teach and reach the public, including Discover Owls, Discover Bears, Discover Wildlife Garden — and bugs.

Volunteers are essential for these programs to be delivered and NIWRA is actively recruiting. Experience as an educator is not necessary; NIWRA staff will provide training. Anyone with a love for the natural world and a desire to share their knowledge is invited and encouraged to consider volunteering.

Volunteers are also needed in the centre’s gift shop.

“Our mandate is to rehabilitate wildlife and to educate the public on wildlife and environmental issues,” NIWRA director Sylvia Campbell said. “Education is so important. It changes people’s behaviour and makes us all more aware of how to live in harmony with nature.”

To volunteer or for more information, call Jodi Young at 250-248-8534.

— Submitted by NIWRA

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