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Youth helping conservation

Sophia Reimer and Kaylee Lesmeister spent their summer outdoors learning from the Nature Trust of British Columbia, and running into a few rattlesnakes along the way. 

The Trust hires young people from May to August to help with conservation lands across the province and learn trade skills. Reimer and Lesmeister, both post-secondary students, got to work in the Penticton area. 

"I really enjoyed helping out with the research on rattlesnakes at White Lake. I’ve always loved snakes since I was little and this type of research is something that I would be interested in doing in the future,” Reimer said. 

Lesmeister said it was tough getting started, but it was worth it. 

"After studying at university for the past eight months, I wasn’t exactly in the greatest physical shape when we started the job in May. During the first month, the many hikes we went on were quite challenging," she said.

"We assisted the local community by helping to protect and maintain natural areas throughout the Okanagan for people to enjoy."

Both women plan to finish their biology degrees and continue working in ecology and conservation, and maybe give back to youth like themselves someday. 

"If I ever get tired of being rained on and chased by wolves, I can teach biology in high schools," Lesmeister said. 

Conservation Youth Crews worked on Vancouver Island, in the Lower Mainland, Okanagan and Kootenays this summer.  



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