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.


Small Town, Big Picture

This three-hour orientation session, taught by Nora Morrison, 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 9 PM (Tues)
May 11 PM (Thurs)
May 16 PM (Tues)
May 17 PM (Wed)
May 18 PM (Thurs)
May 23 PM (Tues)
May 30 PM (Tues)
June 1 PM (Thurs)
June 6 AM (Tues)**

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

Most sessions will be held in Darwin's Cafe at the Tofino Botanical Gardens
** = session will be held in the Ecolodge classroom at the Tofino Botanical Gardens


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 10 PM (Wed)
May 31 PM (Wed)
June 5 PM (Mon)**

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

Most sessions will be held in Darwin's Cafe at the Tofino Botanical Gardens
** = session will be held in the Ecolodge classroom at the Tofino Botanical Gardens


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 8 PM (Mon)
May 24 PM (Wed)
May 29 PM (Mon)

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

Most sessions will be held in Darwin's Cafe at the Tofino Botanical Gardens
** = session will be held in the Ecolodge classroom at the Tofino Botanical Gardens


Nuu-chah-nulth Landscape

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 15 PM (Mon)
June 8 AM (Thurs)**
June 12 PM (Mon)
July 6 AM (Thurs)**

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

Most sessions will be held in Darwin's Cafe at the Tofino Botanical Gardens
** = session will be held in the Ecolodge classroom at the Tofino Botanical Gardens


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