The Rivershed Society of B.C. is looking for environmental leaders between the ages of 19 and 35 who are up for the trip - and the challenge - of a lifetime.
The society is accepting applications for its 2013 Sustainable Living Leadership Program (SLLP): a three-week field course spanning the length of the Fraser River.
From Aug. 1 to 25, participants will journey 1,400 kilometres by canoe, raft, van and on foot from the Fraser's headwaters near Valemount, B.C., to where it meets the shores of Vancouver.
The program, now in its 10th year, has developed an incredible curriculum. In the river's upper reaches, participants hike through a 2,000-year-old ancient cedar grove and paddle through the Robson Valley.
In the Fraser canyon, they ride whitewater rapids and observe traditional First Nations fisheries. In the lower stretches, they visit a working organic farm and paddle past log booms and big-box stores while learning about the impacts of urban and industrial development on salmon habitat.
The Rivershed Society covers 90 per cent of the program's cost. As a result of its investment in the SLLP, the society has been able to build a diverse network of young, motivated leaders across the province.
Many SLLP alumni have gone on to launch innovative projects and initiatives in their own communities.
People with an interest in sustainability or community development are encouraged to apply. Participants must be 19 or older and physically fit. Community volunteer experience is an asset. The application deadline is May 31.
For more information or to apply, visit www. rivershed.com.