THE OUTDOOR RECREATION COUNCIL OF BC PRESENTS

                                               BC TRAILS DAY

 

The outdoors has proven to be an invaluable resource to British Columbians during the pandemic. To help give back to the trails and outdoor spaces that we love, the Outdoor Recreation Council of BC is launching BC Trails Day on Saturday, June 5, 2021.

WHAT IS BC TRAILS DAY?

Part of the international celebration of Trails Day worldwide on June 5, BC Trails Day is dedicated to celebrating and caring for BC’s trail system, educating about responsible recreation and helping more British Columbians enjoy trails and outdoor spaces.

For BC Trails Day, outdoor groups and communities are encouraged to host local events, ranging from recreational opportunities, trail stewardship projects or virtual events. Events can include:

  • Trail or park clean-ups and trail improvements
  • Educational events that promote Leave No Trace or Tread Lightly principles
  • Activities that engage youth in recreation activities or stewardship
  • Guided activities for new trail users
  • Small group hikes, paddles or rides
  • Bird or wildlife watching trips
  • Virtual events, such as a presentation or workshop
  • and more

 

HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN BC TRAILS DAY    

Any recreational trail or outdoor education activity can qualify as a BC Trails Day event. Each event is hosted independently by outdoor groups and communities with planning and promotional support from the ORC. Make sure to submit your event on our events page so we can help share it far and wide via our social media channels. We are putting the final touches on an event host toolkit that we’ll share on this page very shortly.

It’s important when organizing events, that event hosts must ensure that they are following the most up-to-date Provincial Health Officer orders and guidelines and that permission is obtained from the landowner or land manager where the event is taking place.

 

YOUR EVENT COULD BE ELIGIBLE FOR FUNDING FROM THE ORC

The ORC offers a limited number of small grants of up to $500 each to help outdoor groups organize BC Trails Day events in their community. The funds can help pay for a variety of expenses including tools, supplies, equipment rental and materials. If there are more grant requests than funding available, preference is given to ORC members and initiatives that make the outdoors accessible to everyone, including Indigenous people, people of colour and people with diverse abilities. Learn more and apply here before the May 14th deadline. All applicants will be notified a few days later.

If you have any questions about BC Trails Day, the micro-grants or how to plan an event, please contact Erin Normandeau at info@orcbc.ca.

For Members of BCHBC

Here is a fantastic opportunity to promote your Chapter to your community.  Read the above article carefully and grab the chance to fund and organize an outstanding event.  When you do,  please share your experiences by sending photos and a write up to  Webmanager@bchorsemen.org