Photo: Pat Morrow

About Wildsight

Our Vision

Wildsight’s vision is to inspire a shared community desire to protect our natural world for future generations. We envision extensive and connected wild spaces for wildlife—from grizzly bears to woodpeckers to trout. We envision clean air and clear water running from mountain watersheds to our lakes. We see thriving and sustainable communities made up of engaged and educated citizens.

Our Mission

Wildsight works locally, regionally and globally to protect biodiversity and encourage sustainable communities in Canada’s Columbia and Rocky Mountain regions.

Our Approach

Wildsight’s approach is unique. We not only work to shape and influence land-use decisions, but we guide practice and steward change on the ground. We work with industry, scientists, the teaching community and all levels of government, including First Nations. We partner with other local, provincial, national, and international conservation and education organizations to achieve our goals.

Since 1987, Wildsight has been recognized as a leader in large-scale conservation, sustainable community initiatives and environmental education. While our work focuses on the Kootenays, and has received recognition from the communities in which we work, we are renowned throughout the province and across Canada for our effective conservation and environmental education programs, excellence, and innovation in all that we do.

At our heart, we are a grassroots organization, harnessing our power from the people whose lives affect and are affected by our work. We strive to inspire a conservation ethic in our children and in our communities so that the future leaders of tomorrow will be equipped to deal with the challenges of sustainability.

Our Structure

Wildsight has a regional delivery team based out of Kimberley. In addition we work collaboratively with our six autonomous branches (in Creston, the Elk Valley, Golden, Invermere, Kimberley / Cranbrook, and Revelstoke). The values of our regional office and our branches align, but our program operations differ. Regional programming looks after regional programs (eg. sustainable forestry practices or Mountain Caribou conservation) whereas the branches have more of a community focus (eg Spark, Invermere’s electric car share program or the Elk Valley’s EcoGarden in Fernie).

Wildsight is a registered charity and our branches are separate non-profit societies.

Our charitable number is 134892496RR0001. We issue tax receipts for all donations.
Our BC Societies number is S-22548.

See our Canada Revenue Agency annual returns here.


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