** Contest closed! Thank you to all that participated and HUGE thank you to our amazing sponsors! Valhalla Pure Outfitters, Kokanee Mountain Zipline, and Kootenay Co-op! Random Draw winners have been contacted. **

** UPDATE ** Due do smoky conditions keeping many of you indoors and unable to participate, we have decided to extend the photo contest! Get your photos shared by midnight, October 8th. Random draw on Friday, October 9th!

Take a hike, take a photo, and YOU COULD WIN amazing prizes!

Forest week is coming up (Sept 20-26) and we need to keep the spotlight on forest issues like the disappearing old growth forests in the West Kootenays and what that means for us. We rely on healthy forests for clean water and air, and for access to natural spaces to help keep our minds healthy too. Unique local animals also rely on special features only found in old growth forests. With healthy old forests, our communities have a better chance at adapting to climate change issues like increases in flooding, drought, landslides, and forest fires. 

Join us at the Neighbours United and our Old Growth Forest Photo Contest. Are you a forest lover? Get out and share your photos of you with amazing plants and animals. We need your help to protect these unique and beautiful forests from being logged. Show us why they are important to you! 

Prize winners will be randomly drawn on October 9th.

Make sure to *sign up* using this form so we can contact the winner.

This is a random draw, there are three ways to win big!

  1. Post your photo to Facebook with the hashtag #kootenayoldgrowth
  2. Post your photo to Instagram with the hashtag #kootenayoldgrowth
  3. Join and post photos to our iNaturalist project . Download the iNaturalist app and join the Kootenay Old Growth Forest Project.

Three generous sponsors donated generous prizes for this contest: Valhalla Pure Outfitters donated a $200 gift certificate to their store, Kokanee Mountain Zipline donated TWO zipline passes, and Kootenay Co-op donated a $100 gift basket full of their goodies! All of our sponsors care deeply about our old growth forests and we are so thankful for their support! 

Check out this list of short and long, easy to difficult hikes of rare old forests in the Kootenays. Learn more about old growth forests and what plants and animals call these forests home.

Photos must clearly show Kootenay old growth forests, include the hashtag #kootenayoldgrowth or be posted to the iNaturalist project to qualify for the random draw.