Conservation Neighbourhood Columbia Valley
Focuses Citizen ScienceClimate ChangeEcosystem Restoration/EnhancementEducation/OutreachEnvironmental MonitoringWildlife/Fish ConservationYouth Programs and Activities
Regional District RDEK
Group Types Non-Profit Organization

Our Mission:

To promote community sustainability through education and by the advancement of innovative projects that result in health for people, the environment and the economy.

Our Vision:

To inspire hope and action towards healthy communities.

In 2000, the Columbia Valley Botanical Gardens (CVBG) was formed and focused on the development of community and school gardens in the communities of the Upper Columbia Region. The CVBG sought to develop plant collections and gardens that protected plant species and presented them to people to advance our understanding of values associated with biodiversity, spiritual, educational and economic value – essentially show how plants are an integral part of human survival and quality of all life on earth. Today, the CVBG is now Groundswell Network Society and has broadened their scope to include all areas of human activity as it affects our sustainable future. Renewable energy, water, food, plants, green transportation, local economic development; these are just a few of the areas Groundswell delivers successful community focused projects. In reality, all of these projects relate to the living world of which plants are a vital component. Current initiatives include: running the Community Greenhouse, developing community and school gardens, and delivering sustainability related workshops, programs and events.