National Butterflyway Ranger program

Love butterflies? Want to green your ’hood? Be a Ranger.

About the Butterflyway Rangers

The Butterflyway Project is a citizen-led movement growing highways of habitat for bees and butterflies across Canada.

Until March 23, you have a chance to join the David Suzuki Foundation’s team of Butterflyway Rangers.

We are looking for 40 awesome people from communities across Canada to become our 2020 Butterflyway Rangers. We are looking for community builders, nature lovers, re-wilders, schemers, and dreamers. Dedicated people with talents and skills to share with others in their communities. We need people who care. People with the courage to lead. People ready to shine.

Butterflyway Rangers will help make their communities greener and healthier, one fun planting project and community event at a time. They will create opportunities, connect people and champion ideas.

Rangers are the public face of the Butterflyway Project in their communities. They’ll get online leadership training and learn skills to influence and bring people together. They’ll learn about the wonders of bees, butterflies and wildflowers. And they’ll meet a ton of awesome people through the national Butterflyway Rangers network.

The goal of the Butterflyway Project is to establish habitat for local bees and butterflies in communities throughout the country. Each Ranger will be tasked with organizing a small local team to help them plant at least a dozen pollinator patches in 2020. They’ll receive a Butterflyway Ranger kit, including a Butterflyway T-shirt, garden signs and educational and campaign materials. To find out more about the benefits of being a Ranger, see below.

Benefits of being a Ranger

Rangers will receive online training from David Suzuki Foundation staff and national experts through three webinars on April 7, May 20 and June 16. The first session will include an intro to the Butterflyway Project with tips on how to recruit friends and neighbours to help create a Butterflyway. Rangers will receive campaign materials, including postcards, fact sheets and garden signs, plus inspiration, guidance and advice from David Suzuki Foundation staff.

Rangers will be part of an inspiring national network of doers and leaders. The David Suzuki Foundation will provide a platform to connect and share with other Rangers across the country.

Expectations

The Ranger roles are voluntary (unpaid). We ask that Rangers participate in all three online webinars. Though Rangers contribute in a variety of ways, from hosting and participating community events to organizing plantings big and small, our experience has been that each volunteer commits between four and eight hours of volunteer time per month, from April through October 2020.

Diversity and inclusion

Diversity and inclusion are extremely important to us. We will accept applications from people aged 14 and over, but if you are between 14 and 18, your application will need to be supported by a parent or guardian.

Selection process and timeline

Rangers will be recruited between March 6 and March 23, 2020. Applications will be reviewed by David Suzuki Foundation staff. Applicants will be notified about the outcome of their applications by end of day, March 26, 2020.

For more information and inspiration, check out the Butterflyway Project page. If you have additional questions about the project, please email contact@davidsuzuki.org.