Dedicated youth are making a big impact through environmental stewardship

July 20, 2022 - SNAP and SHaRP are long-running programs providing environmental career experience for students and youth in the City of Surrey.

Together, they improve local ecosystems throughout Surrey and educate the community about Surrey’s natural values. This year marks SNAP’s 22nd year and SHaRP’s 27th year. 


Salmon Habitat Restoration Program (SHaRP) crew members can be found in the community every year educating businesses and community members on salmon stewardship while employing local youth to enhance Surrey's fish habitat. SHaRP's goal is to protect and improve Surrey's stream habitats as our city grows and develops. SHaRP is a City of Surrey initiative that began in 1996 and has involved over 660 people in active stream restoration works. Learn more at


Surrey’s Natural Areas Partnership (SNAP) plays an important role in caring for Surrey’s urban forest. The teams restore and enhance Surrey's urban forest, and raise awareness of environmental stewardship in the community. Each summer and fall, post-secondary students and recent graduates are hired to work in Surrey’s parks and neighbouring communities. Participants gain valuable hands-on employment experience to help build their futures and become leaders in the environmental field. Learn more at