Tofino Ambassador Program

The Tofino Ambassador Program aims to build a strong and healthy community, encouraging a positive attitude among responsible citizens, improving community relations with visitors, and growing support for the diversity and well-being of area businesses.

Who is the program for? All local residents including seasonal staff, newcomers, and business owners. All local residents new and old are welcome to participate in this great, free initiative to expand their knowledge of the area and increase their participation in the community.

Participants of the Ambassador course will receive an Ambassador Card. Show your card for discounts and benefits at many local businesses!

This FREE program is offered as a joint initiative of the Raincoast Education Society, the Tofino-Long Beach Chamber of Commerce, and Tourism Tofino. The Raincoast Education Society is responsible for course curriculum, registration, and program delivery.


Spring 2018 sessions:

Small Town, Big Picture

This three-hour orientation session, taught by Jen Dart and Blaze Moffat, delivers the “big picture” of living in Tofino. Learn about local history and basic ecology, cross-cultural understanding, businesses and activities, festivals, host etiquette, and important civic information. This is a great way to get up-to-date locals information about living and working in Tofino.

May 1 (Tues) PM - Legion upstairs
May 3 (Thurs) PM - Legion upstairs
May 8 (Tues) PM - Legion upstairs
May 9 (Wed) PM - Legion upstairs
May 22 (Tues) AM - Legion upstairs
May 23 (Wed) PM - Legion upstairs
May 29 (Tues) PM - Legion downstairs
June 6 (Wed) PM - Legion upstairs

AM = a morning session from 9am-12pm        
PM = an evening session from 5pm-8pm

All sessions will be held at the Tofino Legion (331 Main St), either upstairs or downstairs.


Rainforest Ecology

Small Town, Big Picture is a suggested prerequisite for this course. This three-hour session, taught by Dan Harrison, focuses on the rare coastal temperate rainforests. Learn about the wide range of species and interactions that occur in the terrestrial ecosystems of Clayoquot Sound. From the forest floor to the top of the canopy, this course will explore the many factors that create a coastal temperate rainforest.
The class includes an indoor and outdoor component, so please dress appropriately.

May 14 (Mon) PM - Ecolodge Classroom at the Tofino Botanical Gardens (1084 Pacific Rim hwy)
May 21 (Mon) PM - Community Hall meeting room
May 28 (Mon) PM - Community Hall meeting  room
   
PM = an evening session from 5pm-8pm

All sessions will be held at the Tofino Community Hall (351 Arnet Road), unless otherwise specified.


Marine Ecology

Small Town, Big Picture is a suggested prerequisite for this course. This three-hour session, taught by Ariane Batic, focuses on the rich marine environment that plays an intergral role in life on this coast. This course will cover the intertidal and pelagic ecosystems of Clayoquot Sound, including seaweeds, invertebrates, and marine mammals (and more!) as well as local oceanographic conditions.

May 7 (Mon) PM - Legion downstairs
May 17 (Thurs) PM -  Legion downstairs
May 30 (Wed) PM - Legion upstairs
  
PM = an evening session from 5pm-8pm

All sessions will be held at the Tofino Legion (331 Main St.), either upstairs or downstairs.


Nuu-chah-nulth Lands & Waters

Small Town, Big Picture is a suggested prerequisite for this course. This three-hour session, taught by Gisele Martin, is an introduction to Nuu-chah-nulth homelands, culture, and language. Learn about local history, cross cultural understanding, Nuu-chah-nulth language, and cultural world view. Explore the ancient and continued interconnections between the local landscape, the ocean and First Nations culture.

May 10 (Thurs) PM - Legion downstairs
May 15 (Tues) AM - Legion downstairs
May 24 (Thurs) PM - Community hall meeting room
May 31 (Thurs) PM - Community hall meeting room
June 5 (Tues) PM - Community hall meeting room
June 7 (Thurs) PM - Community hall meeting room

AM = a morning session from 9am-12pm        
PM = an evening session from 5pm-8pm

All sessions will be held at the Tofino Community Hall (351 Arnet Road) or the Tofino Legion (331 Main St.).


Questions about the Tofino Ambassador Program? Feel free to call us!
Raincoast Education Society - (250) 725-2560
Tofino-Long Beach Chamber of Commerce - (250) 725-3153