Here in Vancouver Island’s Provincial Parks we pride ourselves in having Naturalists available for both school and public programming.All of our Park Naturalists are educated in the environmental sciences, have Interpretation Canada training and share a passion for environmental education.
Alli, Park Naturalist
Alli jumped into the field of Environmental Interpretation in 2000 and has never looked back. Her experience as an interpreter began at Moorecroft Camp where she spent two years as Program Coordinator planning, implementing and delivering the camp’s environmental education and recreation program to school groups, rental groups and summer campers. She has since worked as an Interpreter in BC Parks for ten seasons working for Arenaria Research & Interpretation and RLC Park Services. Alli’s love and passion for the natural world guided her university career in which she graduated with distinction from the University of Victoria with a B.Sc. majoring in Biology and minoring in Environmental Studies. Since becoming an Interpreter in BC Parks, she has created and delivered programs in numerous parks on Vancouver Island including Goldstream, Bamberton, Gowlland Todd, Sidney Spit, French Beach, Botanical Beach, Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, Newcastle Island, Morden Colliery Historic, Rathtrevor Beach, Little Qualicum Falls, Sproat Lake, and Miracle Beach Provincial Park. She is a member of the executive for the BC Section of Interpretation Canada, Arrowsmith Naturalists Executive, Nanoose Naturalists Executive, National Association of Interpretation and BC Nature and she regularly attends interpretive and nature education training conferences. Alli also provides support and training for the Student Park Interpreter Program across the Province.
Tracey, BETOL, Park Naturalist
Tracey grew up near the Rocky Mountains, spending many years exploring and developing a connection with the natural surroundings. Her adventures and experiences in the outdoors lead her to complete a degree in Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta. Tracey moved to Vancouver Island five years ago and, since then, has been increasing her knowledge and skill sets in a new working environment. She has over ten years of outdoor work experience as Program Assistant for Red Deer’s Youth and Volunteer Center’s summer camp organization, and Program Coordinator and Lead Guide for the Company of Adventurers. Now, in her new role as a Park Naturalist with RLC Park Services, Tracey is quickly assuming her position as a leader in the outdoor industry. With the significance of environmental education being a common focus throughout all her various working experiences, Tracey is excited to be a part of Goldstream Nature House and RLC Park Services and to have the opportunity to instill an awareness and respect for the outdoor environment she has now come to know and love.
Bre's love for the outdoors started at an early age leading her first to Camp Narnia, where she worked as a summer camp counselor and then to the Goldstream Nature House where she joined the Naturalist team in 2008. Since then she has worked all over the island including Goldstream Provincial Park, Rathtrevor Provincial Park, and Newcastle Island Provincial Park. Bre is a talented instructor with an interest in ethnobotany. As an island local with years of experience as a Naturalist and a Uvic graduate with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Geography, she has an intimate knowledge of Vancouver Island's flora and fauna which she is happy to share with visitors to the park and school groups alike!
Rachel grew up on Vancouver Island and has extensive knowledge of the local flora and fauna. Ever since she was young she has had a love for the outdoors and the natural environment. As a child she took part in many programs presented by the parks in the Victoria region including those here at Goldstream. Through her childhood and teenage years she has explored and become fascinated by the local plants and animals, as well as the natural and cultural history of southern Vancouver Island. This passion has lead her to many things including getting her silver Duke of Edinburgh’s award, and involvement with SALTS (the Sail and Life Training Society) as volunteer crew on numerous coastal voyages. Rachel has just completed her third year at the University of Victoria where she is working toward a degree in geography. This is Rachel’s second season working as a Naturalist in Goldstream Provincial Park and is looking forward to another summer of exploration, discovery and fun!