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John Clarke's Life and Legacy February 23, 2003

Welcome to the Wilderness Education Program
The Wilderness Education Program (WEP) was initiated 1996 by Lisa Baile and John Clarke and is a program of BC Spaces for Nature. WEP provides the impetus for students and teachers to make a personal connection with wilderness, and inspires them to make caring for Wild Nature part of their lives. WEP provides interactive in-school presentations, hands-on activities on the school grounds, and follow-up resources and workshops for teachers.

In just six years WEP has reached over 35,000 young people in the Lower Mainland of BC, received 4 awards for excellence in environmental education, and in 2002 co-founder John Clarke received the Order of Canada.



  • Order of Canada (2002) John Clarke was awarded the Order of Canada, our country's highest honor, for his lifetime achievement of exploration of the Coast Range Mountains of British Columbia, and his contribution to conservation and wilderness education.
  • Sanford Award (2001) from the Vancouver Natural History Society for extraordinary achievement in community service.
  • British Columbia Minister's Environmental Award (1999) from the BC Minister of Environment, Lands and Parks. This prestigious award was provided for excellence in environmental education.
  • BC Environmental Education Award (1998) from the Environmental Education Provincial Specialist Association. This was in recognition of the outstanding contribution of the WEP to environmental education in British Columbia schools.
  • Eugene Rogers Environmental Award (1997) from the United Nations Association, Vancouver Branch, and Western Canada Wilderness Committee.