By Breanne Massey

Pioneer Staff

Environmental stewards are raising awareness about the importance of conservation efforts in the Columbia Valley with a workshop.

The B.C. Wildlife Federation (BCWF) is offering a free workshop to educate people of all ages about the value of wetland conservation between Friday, May 22nd and Sunday, May 24th.

The hands-on field school allows participants to learn about mapping and hydrology in the wetlands. It also offers information about soil sampling. Lastly, there is a section that covers amphibian, plant and animal identification in an effort to protect Mother Nature.

Participants who complete the course will be awarded a Wetland Keeper Certificate.

There will be ongoing support for students to continue learning about the wetlands through the BCWF for those who are interested.

For more information about the course, call Neil Fletcher, BCWF Wetlands Education Program Co-ordinator, at 1-888-881-2293 ext. 232 or 604-970-9707. To register for the 2.5-day long course, visit